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Elective Courses

Columbia MBA and EMBA students build on their desire to make a difference with innovative ideas and business skills gained through a variety of social enterprise elective courses. Through coursework and cocurricular activities, students learn directly from leading academics in the field, as well as the many practitioners of social enterprise who come to campus as adjunct professors, guest lecturers, and panelists.

Career & Course Map

View the Social Enterprise Career & Course Map to see the relationship between recommended courses and social enterprise careers.

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Instructors supplement lectures with a variety of teaching techniques that expose students to roles encountered by leaders and managers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, including team projects, case studies, guest speakers, and pro bono consulting projects.

One of the great strengths of the Social Enterprise Program is that it is an interdivisional program—many of its courses are drawn from or developed within other divisions of the School. In the online course selection guide and in the teaching schedule, students will find electives listed under such divisions as Business Economics, Finance, International Business, Management and Operations Management, as well as under Social Enterprise.

View the Social Enterprise Career & Course Map (pdf) which lists other recommended courses as well as the social enterprise courses below, and links courses to social enterprise career areas.

B8762 Modern Political Economy (MBA and EMBA)
Instructor: Ray Horton

B8220 The Private Sector and International Development (MBA and EMBA)
Instructor: Jonas Hjort

B7299-007 Globalization and Markets and the Changing Economic Landscape (EMBA)
Instructor: Joseph Stiglitz and Bruce Greenwald

B8214 Business in Society: Doing Well by Doing Good?
Instructor: Geoffrey Heal

B8423 Investor Influence on Corporate Sustainability
Instructor: John Wilson

B8219 New Developments in Energy Markets
Instructor: Geoffrey Heal

B8224 Energy and Resource Economics
Instructor: Travis Bradford

B8107 Service Operations Management
Instructor: Medini Singh

B8349 Finance and Sustainability
Instructor: Bruce Usher

B8363 Carbon Finance
Instructor: Bruce Usher

B8355 Impact Investing Seminar
Instructor: Bruce Usher

B8360 Impacting Investing (MBA & EMBA)
Instructor: John Walker

B8354 Markets for the Poor
Instructor: Suresh Sundaresan

B8559 Social Entrepreneurship: A Global Perspective
Instructor: Pamela Hartigan

B7455-011 Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century (EMBA)
Instructor: Georgia Levenson Keohane

B8562 Social Ventures and Impact Investing: Risk Capital for Expanding Innovation
Instructor: Rick Larson

B8526 Launching Social Ventures
Instructor: Ron Gonen

B8527 Social Venture Incubator
Instructor: Ron Gonen

B8544 The Nonprofit Sector & the City
Instructor: Douglas Bauer

B8543 Effective Philanthropy in Urban Communities
Instructors: Melissa Berman and Douglas Bauer

B8545 High Performing Nonprofits
Instructor: Amy Houston

B8558 Education Leadership
Instructor: Tracy Breslin

B8547-001 Seminar in Public-Sector Structural Change in K-12 Education: Part 1 and Part 2
Instructor: James Liebman

B8335 Social Impact Real Estate Investing & Development
Instructor: Alicia Glen

B8597-099 Private Equity & Entrepreneurship in Africa
Instructor: Murray Low and Paul Tierney

B8117 Healthcare Industry in the 21st Century
Instructor: Linda Green

B8362 Project Finance
Instructor: Robert Dewing

B8635 Marketing The Arts, Culture, and Education
Instructors: Joseph Plummer and Tahra Millan


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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