Want to change the world? You’ve come to the right place. The complex social and environmental challenges facing us today demand leaders with the passion, skills, and deep knowledge to create lasting change.
At Booth, you’ll build on the fundamentals of business with opportunities to compete in social venture competitions, serve on nonprofit boards, and consult with mission-driven organizations. Centers such as the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation provide you with a number of opportunities to make the world more equitable and sustainable, while student groups and business accelerator programs such as the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge allow you to network and get the most of your MBA experience. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to tackle some of the world’s most difficult problems.
Listed here are just a few of the many social impact-focused MBA courses that provide the tools and insights you need to change the world.
|Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation||Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation allows students to identify an opportunity for an innovative social venture, research relevant academic literature, conduct customer discovery, analyze the competitive landscape, validate and refine the product/service, propose a business model, go-to-market strategy, and come up with an impact measurement strategy.
|Evaluating and Scaling Social Innovation
||Evaluation and Scaling Social Innovation is a project-based course that allows students to choose a social or environmental issue about which they are passionate and confront the challenges of foundations and investors by developing an investment hypothesis and possible solution for capital.|
|Social Impact Lab
||Social Impact Lab is a project-based course where students deeply examine a social or environmental issue and work in small groups to develop a proposal for a company, nonprofit, or other organization to address the issue.|
|Social Sector Strategy and Structure
||Social Sector Strategy and Structure gives students use cases and exercises to examine and unpack key topics in social sector management and strategy, including organizational structure from a tax-status perspective, common business models, management tools, and impact measurement.|
To see more Booth MBA courses, visit our course catalog.
Designed for Full-Time MBA students, this club fosters conversation among Booth students interested in finding solutions to climate change and supports students interested in pursuing careers in corporate sustainability.
Join a global movement of students and emerging impact leaders who want to use their skills to make a positive impact for people and the planet. Net Impact hosts more than 30 educational, social, and career-focused events every year.
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As Booth’s hub for people tackling complex social and environmental problems, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation is working to help these Booth students positively impact humanity and our planet.How I Found My Career In Social Impact: Q&A with Jared Mueller, ‘19
As Booth’s social impact hub, the Rustandy Center offers hands-on learning opportunities, supports innovative courses, and pursues research—all with the goal of developing people and practices with the potential to solve the world’s biggest problems.Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation
Benefactors don’t want anyone to question their motives.To Encourage Donations, Make People Publicize Their Charity
Leverage Resources Across the University
Students who are interested in a career in social impact can leverage additional resources across the University of Chicago, including the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and the University of Chicago Urban Labs.
EPIC produces data-driven research that advances society’s understanding of the global energy challenge and translates research insights into real-world impacts through strategic outreach and training for the next generation of global energy leaders.
The University of Chicago Urban Labs works to address challenges across five key dimensions of urban life: crime, education, energy and environment, health, and economic opportunity.