MBA Experience

An Integrated, Multi-Disciplinary Approach

MBA students with backgrounds in all sectors are encouraged to integrate social enterprise skills into their academic, professional, and personal lives. Opportunities for involvement in social enterprise at HBS include elective courses and field-based learning experiences; internships and career development programs; and student clubs and organizations.

Your First Year

The Required Curriculum incorporates social enterprise cases and topics in several courses ranging from finance to entrepreneurship.

The Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship grants awards of approximately $10,000 to 7 to 10 first-year MBA students who have exhibited leadership and an extraordinary commitment to working in the not-for-profit sector.

Your Second Year

In the Elective Curriculum, students may choose from a range of Social Enterprise elective courses, enabling the integration of the frameworks and functional skills learned in the first year into an understanding of the organization as a total enterprise.

Independent Projects in social enterprise complement the classroom-based courses by providing second-year MBA students the opportunity to apply their skills to the real-world challenges facing social enterprises. HBS students undertaking a Social Enterprise independent project are eligible to apply for reimbursement grants to support their project expenses.

Beyond the Classroom

MBA students can gain valuable, real-world experience through a range of programs and fellowships that span both years:

Student-Led Activities

A wide variety of clubs and activities serve as major vehicles for supporting students interested in social enterprise, while promoting and building the social enterprise community at HBS.

Getting Started

In your first weeks and months on campus, the Social Enterprise Initiative offers a number of ways for you to begin your exploration of social enterprise at HBS, while connecting with students who share your interests:

  • Social Enterprise Initiative Kick-Off: An overview of social enterprise-related opportunities and resources.
  • Student Club Fair: An opportunity to connect with social enterprise-focused clubs.
  • Social Enterprise Club Kick-Off: An overview of the Social Enterprise Club's various interest groups and yearly events.
  • Social Enterprise Career Programming: A focus on emerging trends and career paths with continued programming through the fall on specific industries and programs.
  • Social Enterprise Initiative Community Engagement Lunches: Informal meetings with students and staff to share experiences and questions.
  • Program-specific sessions: Sessions and panels about programs such as the Summer Fellowship Program and the Social Venture Track of the Business Plan Contest