Full-Time MBA Program

Social Sector Leadership

At Berkeley Haas, ranked #2 among business schools with a nonprofit specialty (US News and World Report 2018), the Center for Social Sector Leadership inspires and prepares students to achieve social impact, produces alumni that contribute significantly to social sector solutions, and encourages collaboration and innovation between the sectors.


The center offers a robust series of courses taught by a distinguished faculty of practitioners, researchers, and established leaders in the field, including:

  • Social entrepreneurship and social impact
  • Nonprofit consulting
  • Board governance and leadership
  • Strategic management of nonprofits
  • Financial management

In addition, nonprofit and public issues and cases are integrated throughout the school's core coursework and other electives.

Social Sector Experiential Learning

The Center also provides hands-on field work opportunities to connect students with top nonprofit leaders and organizations. Experiential programs include:

  • Social Sector Solutions for Nonprofits, a partnership with McKinsey & Company that deploys consultant teams of students to work with select nonprofit organizations on high-impact, entrepreneurial ventures.
  • The Impact Speakers Series brings together Berkeley Haas students, alumni, and philanthropic leaders to tackle cutting-edge social impact issues and best practices.
  • The Berkeley Board Fellows program places graduate students as non-voting members on nonprofit boards of directors, providing critical governance and leadership training.
  • The Haas Impact Investing Network (HIIN) provides students with first-hand experience in impact investing as part of a national network bringing together socially-minded MBA students from top business schools.

Berkeley MBA Resources for Careers in the Social Sector

Berkeley MBA graduates are changing the world in various nonprofit, government, and public leadership roles around the globe. From fellowship and financial support programs to mentoring and direct career development support, Berkeley Haas provides a robust array of career guidance and resources.

Recruiters consider Berkeley Haas a great place to find nonprofit and public leadership talent. As a result, students have access to a large number of job postings and resources. The Berkeley Haas Career Management Group provides the resources and opportunities to successfully match student skills and interests with employer needs.

The MBA-Nonprofit Connection (MNC) offers a broad range of opportunities and counseling, as well as advice on preparing cover letters and resumes for nonprofit job searches. The UC Berkeley Nonprofit & Public Management listserv also connects students with career opportunities in social impact, as does the Haas Social Impact LinkedIn Group.

Fellowships Support Berkeley MBA Social Sector Work

Students also have access to financial resources, including

  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowships, which offer Berkeley MBA and MPP graduates an oppo:rtunity to explore a potential career in philanthropy while providing the Foundation access to a talented group of recent graduates.
  • The Haas Social Impact Fund, which provides support to first-year, full-time MBA students who pursue summer internships focused on achieving social impact.

Social Sector Leadership Beyond the Classroom

The desire to influence positive social change is an intrinsic part of Berkeley Haas culture. This naturally leads many Berkeley Haas students to seek involvement in the nonprofit and public sectors through the Center for Social Sector Leadership and through a wide variety of student clubs, events, and activities, including:

  • The Haas Impact Investing Network (HIIN), which provides MBA students with first-hand experience in impact investing.
  • The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC), providing aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into businesses that will have positive real world impact.
  • International Development & Enterprise Club (IDEC), connecting the Berkeley community with leading practitioners, researchers and specialists in related fields to understand current practices and explore future career opportunities.
  • Net Impact Club, inspiring, educating, and equipping Berkeley Haas students to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.
  • The Berkeley Group, which uses innovative ideas, academic training, and passion to enable nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions.

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