The Ross School of Business confers a general management MBA degree, which gives students the flexibility to develop a focus of their choosing through coursework, co-curricular experiences, internships, and their MAP project.
Social impact is a core component of the Ross mission to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world, and students can choose to specialize in this area.
Frequently Asked Questions
About a Degree with a Social Impact Focus
Is there a specific degree program or certificate in social impact and innovation, or nonprofit management?
There is not a dedicated degree program or certification for social impact or innovation, or nonprofit management at the University of Michigan. However, numerous courses across the University of Michigan offer the opportunity for specialization and a rich study of the field of social impact and/or the nonprofit sector.
How can I deepen my multidisciplinary perspective?
For students crafting a path that includes social impact and social entrepreneurship, some course offerings present a valuable opportunity to think and learn beyond their area of study. Courses at the Business School and at colleges and schools such as Social Work, Public Policy, Education, Information, Engineering, and Urban Planning enable students to benefit from a multidisciplinary learning environment. Ross MBAs can select up to 10 credits outside of the school that will count toward their general management degree.
Please see our course list for suggested coursework and experiences to build your path as a social innovator.
How can I specialize in multiple disciplines or obtain a dual degree?
The Ross School of Business, in partnership with many of U-M’s top-ranked graduate schools, offers more than 20 dual degree programs to enable the simultaneous study of business practices and disciplinary specialization. Many of these programs allow students to apply management skills into another area of focus and work on solving complex social challenges. Student social innovators can also design their own dual degree with many programs throughout the U-M campus.
Learn about established and student-initiated graduate dual degree opportunities, undergraduate minors, and other undergraduate opportunities on the main Ross website. A few examples of current dual degrees include:
- The Erb Institute for Sustainable Global Operations (MBA/MS)
- Educational Leadership (MBA/M.Ed)