Program Overview

Social impact organizations face many challenges in addressing society’s largest and most complex problems.  With guidance from Haas faculty and coaching from experienced McKinsey & Company volunteer consultants, multi-disciplinary student teams are paired with organizations and delve into semester-long consulting projects to address strategy or organization development questions put forth by their nonprofit clients. This is a fee-for-service offering, based on 17 years of proven, high-quality work that provides top value and demonstrated results.

Clients receive:
  • 900 hours of targeted, affordable, high quality management consulting
  • Fresh perspectives from a team who is mentored by McKinsey & Company management consultants
  • Faculty advisors to drive key results
  • Action plans with innovated solutions to complex challenges, driven by the latest academic thinking and practical application in strategy, marketing, finance, and more.
Students Gain:
  • Hands on management consulting experience
  • Academic training, coaching, and support
  • Career exposure with top consulting firm McKinsey & Company
Additional Program Details:
  • Team leads typically have prior consulting experience, prioritize clients based on subject matter expertise, and are placed on projects accordingly
  • Team members also apply for S3 and are placed on teams by team leads and faculty
  • Each team is coached by a McKinsey consultant, who works closely with team leads to ensure a polished, professional result.


The teams are co-taught by Paul Jansen, Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company and Joe Dougherty, Haas Lecturer and Partner at Dalberg Advisors. Instructors meet weekly to work with each team and drive a process proven to produce results.


  • Client Applications due September 8, 2023
  • Consulting Teams Finalized – December 2023
  • Kick-off Event – January 19, 2024, 3-5 pm*
  • Finale Event – May 7, 2024, 6-8 pm*

*Dates and times are subject to change as they are dependent on the academic calendar

Learn More:

Program One-Pager

2023 S3 Client and Project List

Watch the Kickoff Video Here

Client Project Examples

Student Information

For the upcoming Spring 2024 Social Sector Solutions program, informational sessions and bidding occurs in the fall. Two info sessions will be held–one for those interested in becoming a team lead, and one for those interested in being a team member.

S3 Team Lead Info Session: Thur., Sep 21, 2023, 12:30-1:30pm. Register Here

S3 Team Member Info Session:  Thur., Oct 5, 2023, 12:30-1:30. Register Here

“S3 offers a world-class opportunity for students who want to learn the art and science of consulting, one of S3’s most valuable assets is the program’s incredible access to the world of business management consulting firms. By being a Team Lead, I was recruited by 2 of the Big 4 firms. Two of my teammates were also offered consulting roles at well-known companies.” –Stephanie Rivers, EMBA, MPA 

2022-2023 S3 Team Lead Info Session Recording

2022-2023 S3 General Info Session Recording

How to Apply

MBA’s receive an application link once students bid for the course during their designated course bidding period in the Fall. (Bidding dates are in November, with the exact window posted at the beginning of the fall term). For more details, contact your MBA program office.

Non-MBA students (including undergrads) must apply to the program by November 15th, 2023 at noon to be considered for one of the teams. The link to the application is here.

Course Enrollment

  • Selected graduate students will be enrolled in MBA292S for 3 credits by the MBA program office
  • Selected undergraduate students will be enrolled in UGBA192.T7 for 3 credits.
  • More details and enrollment verification will be provided at the start of the spring semester.

For more information email [email protected].

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