MBA Social Innovation Emphasis

Graduate students can now acquire additional skills and experience in social innovation through the MBA social innovation emphasis.

MBA Social Innovation Emphasis Criteria

You must complete a total of 7.5 credit hours.

Complete the following required course:

  • MBA 692: Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship (3.0 credit, fall/winter; MBA 693R Sections 11, 12, 13 for Fall 2020)

Complete one of the two following required courses:

  • MPA 651A: Nonprofit Organization Management A (1.5 credit, fall)
  • MPA 623: Nonprofit Structure and Tax (1.5 credit, winter)

Complete three credits from among the following elective courses:

  • MPA 651A or MPA 623 not taken as one of the required courses (1.5, see above)
  • MPA 624: Nonprofit Finance (1.5 credit, winter)
  • MPA 631: Public Program Evaluation (3.0, winter)
  • MPA 651B: Nonprofit Organization Management B (1.5 credit, fall)
  • MPA 653: Fund Raising Tools (3.0 credit, winter)
  • MPA 654: Relationship Management (1.5 credit, fall)
  • MPA 655: Volunteer Management (1.5 credit, fall)
  • MPA 656: Resource Development and Leadership (3.0 credit, winter)
  • MPA 659R: Grantwell (1.5 fall and 1.5 winter)
  • MBA 688: Corporate Social Innovation (1.5 credit, winter)
  • MBA 693R: Social Innovation Masters Classes (1.0 credit, fall/winter). Classes will vary by semester/term determined by student interest and 15+ students participating. Courses may include Personal Philanthropy, Microfinance, Impact Measurement, and others.
  • MBA 693R: Corporate Social Impact On-Campus Internship taught by Reid Robison (3 credits, fall/winter)
  • MBA 693R: Impact Investing taught by Kurt Brown (3 credits, fall/winter)
The classes associated with the minor really affected my decision for what type of organization I wanted to work with after graduation and where I would donate my time and money. The Do Good. Better. mindset will give me a leg up at my new job. When I put social innovation minor on my résumé, employers ask about it.”
— Jeff Roberts, MPA Class of 2015

Course Descriptions

MBA 692 Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship

This class focuses on solving issues that social innovators face; understanding complex systems of for-profit, nonprofit and hybrid social ventures; and outlining involvement in social innovation as part of a lifetime of meaningful service. Available only during the first term of fall semester.

MPA 623 Nonprofit Structure and Tax

This class is an introduction to nonprofit organizations including their history, structure, legal requirements, and finances. Topics include nonprofit corporate structures, tax-exempt status, altruism and economics, and nonprofit revenue sources. Emphasizes what every nonprofit manager and board member should know.

MPA 651A Nonprofit Organization Management (Fall Only)

This course focuses on managing the various stakeholders in the nonprofit sector including staff, volunteers, board of directors, political leaders, media, and other unique internal and external influences.

MPA 659R Grantwell

This project-based course explores real-world issues in philanthropy. Students will learn to understand resource development, strategic funding priorities, applicant assessment, grant evaluation, and grant management through projects with large individual and institutional donors. Students get to assist with funding actual organizations. The following illustrates the grant process: 

  1. The donor and Grantwell students establish grant criteria.
  2. The Grantwell students issue a request for proposal (RFP).
  3. Nonprofits submit grant proposals to Grantwell, which are evaluated by Grantwell students.
  4. The Grantwell students submit recommendations to the donor.
  5. The donor contributes funds to the selected nonprofit.

Note: This minor does not appear on your transcript. We list all awardees on our website.