MBA Specialization in Social Impact
For UCLA Anderson MBA students
Leaders in Sustainability Certificate
For UCLA and UCLA Anderson graduate students
Do I have to apply for the Social Impact Specialization or the Leaders in Sustainability Certificate?
In order to obtain the Social Impact Specialization, UCLA Anderson students must declare their intent to pursue the specialization with the Center for Impact by completing this Declaration of Intent to Pursue the Specialization Form at any time during your MBA career. Once you have completed all the requirements and/or are in your final quarter before graduating from UCLA Anderson, the last step is to complete the Social Impact Specialization Declaration of Completion form.
Please note: the FTMBA, FEMBA and EMBA program offices may require you to declare completion of the specialization separately with their respective offices.
For the UCLA IoES Leaders in Sustainability Certificate, students must apply for the program. To apply, visit the UCLA IoES Leaders in Sustainability website.
Can I pursue both the Social Impact Specialization and the Leaders in Sustainability Certificate? If so, can the same course fulfill requirements for both the Social Impact Specialization and LIS Certificate?
Yes, UCLA Anderson students may pursue the Social Impact Specialization and UCLA Leaders in Sustainability Certificate concurrently. The same course(s) may fulfill requirements for both programs.
Please note: According to UCLA IoES, a course is not automatically "in" or "out", as they approve portfolios of courses rather than specific courses. A student has to demonstrate subject matter "breadth" in order to get the LiS Certificate. Please contact the UCLA IoES office for questions. Similarly for the Social Impact Specialization, courses taken outside of UCLA Anderson are subject to approval by the Center for Impact office.
I’m a second-year MBA student. Can I still complete the specialization or certificate?
Yes! For the Social Impact Specialization, you may have already completed many of the courses that qualify, but be sure to enroll in at least one of the foundational courses (in bold text above), which are offered in winter or spring quarter. Please declare your intent to pursue the specialization here.
For the Leaders in Sustainability Certificate, you may apply as a second-year MBA student. To apply, visit the UCLA IoES Leaders in Sustainability website.
Can my capstone project (i.e. AMR, GAP, SMR or BCO) be applied to the social impact specialization?
Yes, it is possible for your social impact Applied Management Program (AMR, GAP, SMR) project to count toward the Social Impact Specialization for a total of 10 units, subject to approval by the Center for Impact office. Please complete this Request to Apply Capstone Project to the Social Impact Specialization form for consideration.
I have more questions and would like to speak with a representative. Who should I contact?
For more information about the UCLA Anderson Social Impact Specialization, please contact Center for Impact at email@example.com.
For more information about the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Leadership in Sustainability Certificate Program, please contact Harrison Levy at firstname.lastname@example.org.