The MBA Experience: Learn, Practice, Connect

Through its programs in corporate responsibility, nonprofit leadership and social entrepreneurship, the institute offers Berkeley MBA students a rich toolkit to design their own strategies for fostering a better world.


Students can expect intensive coursework in management and leadership from the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, the Center for Responsible Business and the Graduate Program in Health Management and other areas of study at Berkeley-Haas.

The following is a sampling of courses regularly offered to Berkeley MBAs. To see a list of courses offered this academic year, see: Center for Responsible Business, Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, and Graduate Program in Health Management.

Center for Responsible Business

Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership

Graduate Program in Health Management


Students have real-world experience working directly with for-profit corporations, nonprofit organizations, ventures capitalists, and social-impact investing.

Social Sector Solutions
In a spring course run in partnership with McKinsey & Company, and a fall course in partnership with FSG and Dalberg Global Advisors, 85 students each year work in teams on 15-week strategy consultations with select nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and governments on high-impact projects. Teams provide 900 consultation hours and make strategic recommendations on projects from business plans to marketing to metrics.

Recent clients: California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce; City of Richmond, Calif.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Children's Hospital of Oakland; Living Goods; REDF.

Berkeley Board Fellows
Students serve on non-profit boards of directors, attending board meetings, serving on a committee or task force and providing the board with a customized project. Board Fellows prepares students for future board service.

Recent projects: International Development Exchange, developing a revenue model for identifying and evaluating innovative poverty-reduction strategies from around the world; Berkeley Food and Housing Project, developing a social media strategy to increase engagement with volunteers and donors; North Oakland Charter School, developing a database of grant programs.

Haas Impact Investing Network
In partnership with Bridge Ventures, a social-impact investing firm, students analyze and screen potential investments in early-stage social-impact ventures. Students identify industries of interest, conduct due-diligence reviews, and present investment recommendations. At the end of the year, Bridge invests $50,000 in one startup.

Global Social Venture Competition
GSVC provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into scalable businesses that will have positive real world impact. Founded by Berkeley-Haas MBA students in 1999, the GSVC has evolved into a global network supported by an international community of volunteer judges, mentors, and student organizers, and a partnership of premier business schools and universities in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Recent winners: Sanergy, launching a new business model to provide sanitation and low-cost electricity in Kenyan slums; Greennovation Technologies of Bangladesh, providing low-cost, sustainable building materials produced from jute and resin; Oakland-based Revolution Foods (co-founded by Kirsten Tobey and Kristen Richmond, both MBA 2006), producing healthy and affordable food for school lunch programs.

Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund
MBA students manage a $2 million investment portfolio focused exclusively on publicly-held companies that tackle environmental and social problems. Since the Fund's launch in 2008, it has achieved a return of more than 50 percent. Its goal is to build $15 million in assets and use investment income to finance the Center for Responsible Business without philanthropic support.

International Business Development Program
MBA students work on consulting teams with for-profit companies and nonprofit social enterprises around the world. IBD places about 140 students on 35 teams.

Recent projects: LoveLife, a South African non-governmental organization to promote HIV-free living among teenagers, to expand across sub-Saharan Africa; Andean Health and Development, to develop a plan to increasing retention of doctors.

Haas Social Impact Fund
Provides financial support to first-year, full-time MBA students who intern in the nonprofit or public sectors over the summer. Allows students to put their Berkeley MBA to use for organizations that are doing social impact work and cannot afford a "typical" MBA salary.

Community-Based and International Internship Scholarships. MBA/MPH students are eligible for scholarships to support summer internships with domestic and international not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations or quasi-governmental organizations with an established internship program and a history of no stipend.


Net Impact Club
The mission of the Berkeley-Haas Net Impact chapter is to inspire, educate, and equip students to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Its annual three-day Net Impact Conference attracts 3,000 doers and thinkers; the Net Impact Expo features more than 90 companies, non-profits, and social enterprises.

Education Leadership Club
This club runs the annual Education Leadership Case Competition, bringing together teams from top business schools to present solutions to imminent education issues.

International Development & Enterprise Club
IDEC brings together a network of students with deep interests in international development and sectors that include public health, information technology, energy, education and agriculture.

Haas Healthcare Association (HHA)
A student-run organization of MBA candidates and other UC Berkeley graduates focusing on the business of healthcare, HHA aims to be the healthcare hub at UC Berkeley, helping students strengthen their depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in the industry. HHA helps students advance their careers in healthcare by providing education on a wide range of healthcare topics and fostering lifelong connections between their peers and industry professionals.

Challenge 4 Charity (C4C)
The MBA Challenge for Charity is a nonprofit organization that draws on the talents, energy, and resources of MBA students from nine West Coast business schools to develop business leaders with a lifelong commitment to community involvement and social responsibility. C4C at Haas involves volunteering events, bowling and basketball clinics with Special Olympics and tutoring underprivileged students. Fundraising events include Haas-oween, No Shave November and the annual C4C Charity Auction.

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