Social Impact Specialization


The social impact specialization allows students to build expertise in a chosen career, with a custom approach to learning about positive social impact within a chosen industry. It encourages students to graduate with core competencies, a common language and an ability to address sector specific challenges.

You must take this course to qualify for the Social Impact Specialization
Impact Creation, Analysis and Evaluation (4 Units)

Social impact AMRs count for any 2 courses from either category
BCO’s focused on social impact will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


  • Impact, Creation & Analysis (4 units)
  • Social Entrepreneurship (4 units)
  • Business & Environment (4 units)
  • Real World Challenges Leaders Face (2 units)
  • Global Immersion: South Africa (4 units)
  • Healthcare Technology (4 units)
  • MedTech Innovation (4 units)
  • Business of Healthcare: Global Perspective (4 units)
  • Fundamental of Impact Investing (previously known as MIINT) (4 units, Fall & Spring)
  • Ethical Considerations in Business (4 units)


  • Managerial Decision-Making
  • Market Entry Strategy
  • Topics in Business Law
  • Brand Management
  • New Product Development
  • Entrepreneurship and Venture Initiation
  • Small Business Management
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Business Plan Development
  • Managing Entrepreneurial Operations
  • Managing Entrepreneurial Organizations
  • Managing and Financing the Emerging Enterprise
  • International Business Strategy
  • Business and Economics in Emerging Markets
  • International Political Economy
  • Global Economy
  • Evolution and Innovation in the Global Mobile Industry
Choose at least one course (4 units) from Category II electives

Field Programs


Field programs are designed help solve real-world problems by immersing students in boots-on-the-ground field study. They conduct empirical research in partnership with leading companies dedicated to social impact. All MBA students complete the field study requirement.

Applied Management Research

Global Access Program

Strategic Management Research


Global Impact


Each year our Applied Management Research, Global Access Program and Strategic Management Research student consulting teams partner with organizations across the globe to enable them to take a deeper look at social impact issues and gain first-hand experience in the field. These programs represent the masters theses for the students involved.

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A UCLA Anderson field study team helped expand microfinance capabilities in rural regions of Peru

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A Strategy to Encourage Sustainable Production of Rubber in Indonesia

UCLA Anderson MBA team and Conservation International partnered to benefit communities and businesses by protecting nature

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How Do I Specialize in Social Impact?


Students specializing in Social Impact may complete a social impact Applied Management Research (Full-time MBA), Global Access Program (FEMBA), Strategic Management Research (EMBA), or Business Creation Option program and have it count as two courses, or 8 units, subject to approval by the Faculty Director of Impact@Anderson. Students completing a social impact field study project take the required MGMT 298D course and may choose either a Category I or a Category II course for their final 4 units.


Leaders in Sustainability Certificate


This interdisciplinary certificate program through the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability enables students to pursue coursework in sustainability across campus and complete a capstone leadership project designed to solve a sustainability problem.
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When Will the Required Course Be Offered?


MGMT 298D – Impact Creation, Analysis and Evaluation will be offered in the Winter Quarter.


I’m a Second-year Mba Student. Can I Complete the Specialization?


Yes. You may have already completed many of the courses that qualify for the specialization in Social Impact. You may just need to complete the required course.


Is the Specialization Available to Students in the Femba Program?


Yes, students in the FEMBA program are encouraged to complete the specialization. Several of the courses that qualify for the specialization are offered at FEMBA-friendly times.


Can Courses I Take Outside of Ucla Anderson Count Toward My Specialization?


Yes, we encourage you take rigorous, graduate-level courses outside of Anderson to gain a multidisciplinary perspective on social impact. You may find several valuable courses at other UCLA graduate schools that advance your knowledge of both impact measurement and social impact content. These courses are subject to the approval of the Faculty Director of Impact@Anderson in order to qualify for the specialization in Social Impact.


Why Is There a Required Course?


We feel it is important to gain a common understanding and establish a foundation in social impact across all students. There can be confusion about the meaning of basic terminology in this field, not to mention major concepts, methods and principles. A required foundational course helps establish a clear baseline for students studying social impact.


What If I Do a Pro-social AMR or GAP Project?


We encourage you to complete a pro-social AMR or Global Access Program (GAP) project. A pro-social AMR or GAP project will count for 8 units toward your specialization. This means you will need the required course and one additional course from either Category I or II to complete the specialization..


Is a Pro-social AMR or GAP Project Mandatory?


No, a pro-social AMR or GAP project is not mandatory.


What If I Plan to Start a Social Enterprise Through the Business Creation Option?


We will consider a social venture BCO in place of a pro-social AMR on an individual basis.