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Full-time MBA | Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise

Business with Purpose

Fostering positive social change with financially sustainable business.

MBA Alumni Julian Miller
Student Voices

Julian Miller, MBA 2018

"Stern's setting in the heart of New York City has opened many doors ... One experience that I am particularly thankful for was being able to intern on the Hillary for America campaign during the fall semester because of the campaign's close proximity to campus."

Experiential Learning

Developing Solutions, Driving Impact
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Stern Signature Projects

Students work with faculty and research centers on complex strategic challenges such as urbanization in emerging markets, independent film distribution and branding solutions for multinational organizations.


NYU Impact Investing Fund (NIIF)

NIIF is a student-run impact investment fund that invests in innovative, sustainable social businesses in the New York City area.

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The NYU Stern Board Fellows Program

Second-year MBA students are given the opportunity to act as non-voting members on boards of NYC-based nonprofit organizations.

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CPRL Education Practicum

Students have the opportunity to work with a consortium of business, policy, education and law students from top tier upper-level graduate programs. 


A Curriculum Customized to Your Goals

You are here to make a difference. We are here to help you make it happen with a curriculum that is relevant to your career goals. Choose up to three areas of focus from more than 20. From there, you can dial in your experience by selecting from a pool of over 200 electives in areas such as social entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy, and corporate social responsibility. 

Related Specializations


  Entrepreneurship and Innovation      Global Business 
 Leadership and Change Management      Management       

  Sustainable Business and Innovation 



Related Coursework

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • International Social Impact Strategies
  • Globalization: A Cross-Functional Perspective
  • Managing Change
  • Examining the Nonprofit Capital Market
  • Social Venture Capital


Faculty Spotlight

Tensie Whelan

Tensie Whelan

Tensie Whelan (NYU ‘80), Clinical Professor for Business and Society, is the Director of NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business. She brings 25 years of experience working on local, national and international environmental and sustainability issues to engage businesses in proactive and innovative mainstreaming of sustainability.

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Student Blog

Jasmine Reliford

Jasmine Reliford, MBA '19

"I chose Mastercard for my internship because of my background in payments, the Stern network throughout the firm, and, most importantly, because of their commitment to financial inclusion."

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Creating Sustainable Impact

Learn from mission-focused leaders while gaining real-world industry experience during and after the program. Benefit from our close relationships with for and not-for-profit organizations in NYC and beyond. Explore your career options and define your goals with the help of our academic centers of research and student-led clubs. 

The Careers Team will help you create a roadmap to launch a meaningful career - with maximum impact. 

Select Employers of NYU Stern MBAs in Social Enterprise

  • Acumen Fund
  • Fiscal Management Associates, LLC
  • Global Brigades, Inc.
  • GreenWave
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Theater Development Fund

Clubs and Centers

Connection Begins Here

Social Impact & Sustainability Association

Dedicated to using the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. 

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Stern Energy and Infrastructure Club

This organization focuses on preparing students for careers in infrastructure and in traditional and alternative energy.
Center for Business and Human Rights

Center for Business and Human Rights

The Center focuses on how companies address human rights challenges in their core business operations.


Center for Sustainable Business

The NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business was founded on the principle that sustainable business is good business; delivering better financial results while protecting the planet and its people.

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Marron Institute of Urban Management

The Marron Institute conducts innovative applied research, working with cities to take on critical challenges of urban living.