Information For UC Berkeley Students

Social Sector Solutions (S3) is an experiential learning course in which student consulting teams tackle complex problems for clients in social enterprise organizations. The course is taught in partnership with instructors and coaches from McKinsey & Company. Diversity of experience and backgrounds is one of the things that makes S3 such a worthwhile experience.

S3 is a graduate-level course (MBA292S) offered through the Haas School of Business. However it is also open to students in other graduate programs and undergraduates at UC Berkeley, pending availability.

Students outside of Haas must submit an online application to be considered for a team. The same application applies to both graduates and undergraduate UC Berkeley students.

General Info Sessions

Client Projects

Click to see the S3 2020 Client Descriptions (2021 clients to be posted in the Fall)

Team Leads for Client Projects

Click here for Team Lead Info 2020 (2021 clients to be posted in the Fall)

S3 Non-MBA Application

Unfortunately applications are closed for this upcoming year, the application deadline was November 15th, 2019. Applications for 2020-2021 will open in Fall 2020.

Course Timeline

  • S3 2020 Non-MBA Applications are due on November 13th, 2020.
  • Non-MBA applicants will be notified by Mid-December 2020.
  • Jan 22, 2021, 3-5 pm at Haas: Mandatory Kick-off event
  • May tbd (Location TBD): Mandatory Finale event

Enrollment in the Course

Graduate students who are selected onto a consulting team will be enrolled in MBA292S for 3 credits by the MBA program office. Undergraduate students who are selected onto a consulting team will be enrolled in UGBA192.T7 for 3 credits. Further details and enrollment verification will take place at the start of the spring semester.

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From our blog

Classroom works with the Northern California Community Loan Fund through Social Sector Solutions

I applied to be a part of the spring 2013 Social Sector Solutions (S3) class, in partnership with McKinsey & Company. I had the honor of working with a team of 4 MBA’s on a social enterprise consulting project with the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF), a phenomenal organization creating stronger communities in Northern California, one social enterprise at a time.
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