Social Impact MBA

Program Overview

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Join an MBA program with a uniquely collaborative — not competitive — learning environment.
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Award-winning Professor Brenda Anderson teaches accounting and financial management courses with an eye towards both for-profit and nonprofit financial structures
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Professor Jody Hoffer Gittell chats with students during her Human Resource Management class' mid-morning coffee break
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MBA program Assistant Director, Michael Appell, meets with a student over coffee in Zinner Forum
Carole Carlson
MBA Program Director Carole Carlson meets with a student
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A full-time, 16-month program with strong career results, the Heller MBA is one of the world's leading social impact MBAs

Heller’s Social Impact MBA prepares you to take on leadership roles in the nonprofit, public and for-profit sectors – roles where you’ll have lasting, sustainable, and positive impact on society through ethical, mission-driven organizations. The Social Impact MBA offers all the quantitative skills, experiential learning, and intellectual rigor of a top-tier traditional MBA degree, but in an environment grounded in the values and practices of social justice. You’ll graduate equipped with a versatile skill set designed to provide you with a broad range of career opportunities across sectors in an increasingly collaborative economy.

A Mission-Driven Education

We’ve led the way in mission-driven management education for over 40 years – and for us, that means much more than a few extra classes tacked onto a traditional MBA. At Heller, social impact is woven through every fiber of our core curriculum and baked into every aspect of the student experience. It’s not a concentration: it’s a fundamental part of what we do. 


In addition to the core social impact curriculum, you will have the opportunity to select a concentration, such as sustainable development or social entrepreneurship, for your elective courses. Our concentrations leverage many research institutes and centers at Heller, a top-10 school of social policy, to deliver specialized knowledge in topical areas.

Dual Degrees

An interdisciplinary approach can go a long way toward seeing the full picture. Go further by pursuing one of our popular dual degrees, including the dual Social Impact MBA/Master of Public Policy, or the dual Social Impact MBA/MA in Sustainable International Development. Securing a second degree will double your professional networks and broaden your job prospects upon graduation.

Hear from MBA Program Director Carole Carlson


2018 Heller Social Impact MBA Students

  • Total students: 116
  • Gender: 62% female / 38% male
  • Average age: 27
  • Domestic students of color: 28%
  • Service alumni (Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, City Year, Teach for America): 26%