Social Impact Consulting

UCLA Anderson’s social impact consulting programs give MBA students the experience of applying theoretical concepts of business to real-world societal challenges. Student teams provide pro bono consulting in marketing, operations, finance and expansion strategy to address strategic challenges of mission-driven nonprofits and social enterprises.


Overview of Programs


October 30 – November 22

Net Impact Consulting Challenge (NICC)

March 31, 2020 – May 28, 2020

Social Impact Consulting Corps

Client application deadline:

Friday, February 14, 2020

October 4 – March 6

Applied Management Research (AMR)
Field Study


Social Impact Consulting Programs


A Life-cycle approach to driving change

Net Impact Consulting Challenge (November) 

Social Impact Consulting Corps (April-May)

Social Impact field study

Southern California Nationwide with an emphasis on Southern California Southern California and beyond
2-3 Week Consulting 8-10 Week Consulting 6 Month Consulting
Provided pro bono to the organization Provided pro bono to the organization

Reduced fee:

Domestic Non-Profits- $7,500 (includes $2,500 research budget for the team)

International Non-Profits- $5,000 (includes $5,000 research budget for the team)

For nonprofits with limited scope problems needing quick recommendations. For nonprofits with larger scope problems needing deeper, more strategic research. For more established nonprofits with the human and financial capital to commit to a 6-month rigorous consulting engagement.
LA-based nonprofits seeking solutions to a pressing problem get matched with a team of 3-5 MBA students who work diligently for 2 weeks to recommend solutions to a presented problem. Nonprofits in Southern California and beyond are matched with an MBA team to address a strategic priority or problem limiting their success. Domestic nonprofits receive a subsidy to participate in the AMR field study program. Organizations are matched with a team of 5 MBA students, and are expected to work closely with the students to oversee the project.

Student Application Deadline was on October 21, 2019

Fall 2020 Applications will go live next September.

Student Application Deadlines: Friday, March 4, 2020

Student Application Deadline: Spring 2020

Client Application Deadline was on September 20, 2019

Fall 2020 Applications will go live in August 2020.

Client Application Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020 (Download Application Here)

Client Application Deadline: Spring 2020


2018-2019 At A Glance





Nonprofit or social enterprises served


Consulting hours


Attend an Information Session (Students Only):



October 16, 2019
(Open to Students Only)

Social Impact Consulting Corps

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:30-12:30 pm Location: TBD

AMR Field Study

April 5, 2019
(for the class of 2020, MBA and FEMBA only)


For Companies


Nonprofit and for-profit social ventures receive:

  • Valuable exposure to new knowledge, research methods, and research expertise from one of the best business schools in the world
  • The opportunity to work with MBA students specializing in social impact
  • Help with marketing/strategic/operational/expansion plans, assistance on financial strategy and assistance on alignment with social impact
  • Ability to design a project that pulls in expertise from other UCLA departments
  • Quality and rigor of professional students with five-plus years of work experience in the fields of consulting, finance, marketing, operations, technology and social impact

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