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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.

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 Tamer Center for Social Enterprise 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.

Select courses may also be open for Columbia graduate and undergraduate seniors. For more information, please see the cross-registration page, which includes an online application link.

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

B8767 Investing in Social Ventures
Instructor: Bruce Usher

B8360 Impacting Investing (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
Instructor: 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
Instructor: James Liebman

B8428 Social Impact Real Estate
Instructor: Rachel Diller

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

B8118 Transforming the Delivery of Healthcare Services
Instructor: Linda Green and John Rowe

B8362 Project Finance
Instructor: Robert Dewing

B8635 Marketing The Arts, Culture, and Education
Instructor: Tahra Millan

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Center Brochure

View the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise brochure, Empowering Leaders to Change the World