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Thought Leadership in the Classroom

The Social Enterprise Program, a specialization within the MBA program, offers a full range of elective courses, activities, and initiatives that give students maximum exposure to the field.

Dean's Message

Dean Glenn Hubbard

“The Columbia MBA degree prepares the next generation of leaders with an understanding of the social and environmental context of decision making. Learning how to anticipate and respond to these issues is an essential part of the Columbia Business School experience.”
— Glenn Hubbard, Dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics

Students who focus on social enterprise can apply the business fundamentals learned in their core courses to electives in such specialized areas as social entrepreneurship, board and nonprofit management, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, political economy, and international development.

Because there are no minimum course requirements, the Social Enterprise Program affords students great flexibility in designing their course of study. The MBA core curriculum is designed to give first year students, including those focusing on social enterprise, the ability to choose two elective courses in their second term.

In addition, curricular sessions in Orientation and in core courses incorporate the Individual, Business and Society (IBS) curriculum, which was developed under the auspices of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics.


2014 Social Enterprise Conference

Millennials Rising: What's Next for Sustainability?

When: October 31, 2014,
8:30 am-6:00pm

The Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10036

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The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. For updates on speakers and sessions, please visit the conference website.

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