Graduate School of Management

MBA in Social Change
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MBA Concentration in Social Change

Courses and Requirements

Degree Requirements

The MBA in Social Change program consists of 12 to 17 units (36-51 credits), depending upon previous coursework.  Courses listed below with an * may be waived if taken at the undergraduate or graduate level within 8 years at an AACSB-accredited business school, or within 6 years at a non-AACSB school.  A grade of B- or better is required to waive a course. 

Program Length

Full-time students typically complete the program in 4 or fewer semesters, and part-time students in 8 or fewer semesters, depending on number of courses waived.  

Core Courses

Contemporary Business Law *

Financial Management *

Foundations of Accounting *

Management Economics *

Management Information Systems *

Marketing Management *

Operations Management *

Statistical Methods *

Business in Society

Creating Effective Organizations – Leadership

Creating Effective Organizations – Strategic Decision Making

International Management

Management Decision Models

Marketing Strategy and Simulation

Social Change Elective Course Options:


Accounting & Finance for Sustainability

Leading Change


Social Entrepreneurship Electives


NGOs and Advocacy

Nonprofit and NGO Management Issues

Program Monitoring and Evaluation

Seeing Like a Humanitarian Agency

Community Development Electives

Local Community Development

Grant Writing for Community Developers

Youth and Community Development

Theories of Community Development and Planning

International Development Electives

Development Theory

Principles of Conflict Negotiation

International Environmental Law & Policy

Economic Fundamentals for International Development


Free Choice Elective Course Options

Students will also have the opportunity to select elective courses outside their concentration.

Elective Course Options

Course Descriptions [Academic Catalog]