Tuck | Mr. Recreational Pilot
GRE 326, GPA 3.99
Columbia | Mr. Worker Bee
GMAT 710, GPA 3.56
MIT Sloan | Mr. Semiconductor Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.68
Wharton | Ms. Ultimate Frisbee
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Kellogg | Mr. Sales Engineer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.00
Yale | Mr. Project Management
GRE 310, GPA 3.3
Yale | Mr. Environmental Sustainability
GRE 326, GPA 3.733
Harvard | Ms. JMZ
GMAT 750, GPA 3.47
Harvard | Mr. Renewable Energy Investing
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD To MBA
GRE 326, GPA 3.01
Kellogg | Mr. Boutique Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.67
INSEAD | Ms. Startup Enthusiast
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. Food & Beverage
GMAT 720, GPA 3.75
INSEAD | Ms. Humble Auditor
GMAT 710, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. Markets Guy
GMAT 760, GPA 3.62
Kellogg | Mr. Hope-I-Get-In
GMAT 720, GPA 3.62
Yale | Mr. AI & Fitness
GMAT 720, GPA 3.88
Stanford GSB | Just Jim
GRE 335, GPA 3.99
Harvard | Mr. RIPKobe
GMAT 750, GPA 3.87
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Journalist
GMAT 690, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Mr. Andrew
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Ms. Clean Tech
GMAT 690, GPA 3.96
Chicago Booth | Mr. Masters To MBA
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
NYU Stern | Mr. Long Shot
GRE 303, GPA 2.75
Kellogg | Ms. Kellogg Bound Ideator
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Harvard | Mr. Amazon Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2

Social Enterprise Gaining Ground

MBA student debt may be skyrocketing as school tuition and fees continue to increase. But it hasn’t diminished interest in social sector jobs and careers that are among the lowest-paying fields for graduating MBAs.

Many schools have significantly increased their course offerings in social enterprise in recent years, and students are showing an increasing interest in creating for-profit businesses with social missions or entering the non-profit sector.

According to the Harvard Business Review today (Feb. 28), cases and teaching notes produced by its Social Enterprise Initiative have grown to 607 in 2010-2011 from just 45 in 1995-1996. And students enrolled in social enterprise courses or independent projects have jumped to 600 from only 71 in 1995-1996.

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Several other schools, however, have seen similar growth. Not surprisingly, the leader among top business schools appears to be Yale University’s School of Management, long known for its dual approach of educating both for-profit and non-profit leaders. Between 2003 and 2009, Yale’s courses that include social benefit content increased to 95 from 45, according to an analysis by The Bridgespan Group (see chart below).

UC-Berkeley’s Haas School is next with 74 courses, up from 30. Next is Wake Forest University’s Babcock School follows Haas, with 68 courses that include social benefit content, up from 27. The University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management is credited with 43 courses, up from 39.

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The HBR article quotes Dr. Nora Silver, the director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at UC Berkeley Haas School of Management.  “This generation of students is the first that was required or expected to do community service in high school and college. These students grew up expecting to integrate social impact into their work — no matter what sector they join.” Haas now offers nine courses directly related to social or public sector management (up from eight when the Bridgespan study was completed).

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.