Social Enterprise FAQ

How can I receive more information about the program?
Our website provides the most comprehensive information available regarding Social Enterprise. If you would like more information, please contact us. You can also talk to current students, through the Net Impact Club.

Does Social Enterprise offer its own separate degree?
All Kellogg School students receive an MBA degree. The school offers a Social Enterprise major and a Social Enterprise major with nonprofit specialization which provides specific courses directed at students interested in pursuing a career in the sector and at those planning an active involvement as a volunteer leader with nonprofit organizations.

What are the admission and tuition requirements?
For complete information on applying to the Full-time MBA program at the Kellogg School, please visit the Full-time Admissions Web site. If you live in the greater Chicagoland area and want to get your MBA degree while you continue working, explore the Part-time MBA program.

How do I apply?
Contact the Kellogg School Admissions office at 847-491-3308 or visit their website.

What are some examples of current curriculum options?
The Social Enterprise curriculum is created to be flexible to meet student interest in a variety of areas. All students are required to take one and a half general strategic courses focused on the “non-market” environment: Leadership and Crisis Management and Strategies in Non-Market Environments. From there, students can select a track of coursework that meets their academic needs. For example, students interested in the nonprofit field, may select the nonprofit course Finance, Strategy and Mission in the Nonprofit Sector as their additional core course. This can be supplemented with a number of nonprofit related courses including Leadership in Fundraising & Marketing and Nonprofit Board Governance. Students focused on the public or governmental sector, may choose Public Policy Analysis for Managers as their core course. Additionally, Values Based Leadership provides a strong foundation for general management careers as well as opportunities in corporate social responsibility. That course paired with other Management & Strategy courses would support a student’s interest in consulting or general management.

Where can I find information regarding Social Enterprise Professors?
Please see information on Social Enterprise faculty here.

What are some examples of positions that Kellogg Social Enterprise graduates hold?
The Kellogg School has a strong history of placing our graduates in “non-traditional” fields as well as in traditional general management, consulting and socially responsible business. Specific examples of each of these alumni are highlighted in our Alumni Profiles. In addition to their chosen professional careers, Kellogg alumni serve as board members, volunteers, solicitors and donors for a wide variety of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.

Why was Social Enterprise created at the Kellogg School of Management?
Kellogg created Social Enterprise to provide a rigorous, relevant experience for students interested in the intersection between management and society. Social Enterprise is focused on building leadership skills and awareness to help Kellogg’s graduates be socially responsible, global leaders. Socially responsible global leaders are not characterized by where they work (for profit, nonprofit, government) but by combining a principled leadership approach with superior management skills and the ability to think and act strategically in an environment characterized by various stakeholders, value systems and constituents.

Have the course offerings changed over time? 
Social Enterprise launched in the fall of 2005 and combined the academic curriculum of the Public Nonprofit Program and the Business and the Social Environment Program and supplemented those courses with new offerings in Values Based Leadership, Values, Ethics and Strategic Crisis Management, and Public Policy Analysis for Managers. This program is designed with the core courses in Leadership and Crisis Management and Strategic Management in Non Market Environments and an additional required course from the following list – Values Based Leadership, Leading Mission Driven Enterprises, and Public Economics for Business Leaders: National Policy. Additional courses are available in Social Entrepreneurship, Board Governance of Non-Profit Organizations, Corporate Social Innovation, Impact Investing, Sustainability and Finance, NUvention:  Innovate for Impact, and many others.  Please see the curriculum for the full list of course offerings.

Why should students participate in Social Enterprise?
Social Enterprise prepares students to be socially responsible global leaders regardless of the sector they select upon graduation. The traditional academic model prepared students for a specific, long-term career path. In today’s global society, individuals move among sectors, often participating in multiple sectors simultaneously. (Think of the investment banker serving on the board of a local nonprofit, a product manager serving as Village Trustee, of the finance professional working with a microfinance entity.) The curriculum offers students the skills to manage successfully in a variety of for profit corporations including management consulting, CSR, financial services, consumer products; nonprofit organizations including educational institutions, social service agencies or consulting firms; and governmental entities including local, state or federal agencies.

Specifically, how does Social Enterprise prepare students for careers in the nonprofit sector?
Building on Kellogg’s long tradition of educating nonprofit leaders, both staff and board members, Social Enterprise provides curricular and co-curricular activities enabling students to gain critical thinking and management skills related to the nonprofit sector. Specific course offerings including Mission, Finance and Strategy in the Nonprofit Sector, Nonprofit Board Governance and Leadership in Marketing and Fundraising provide practical applications of management theory. In addition, the Net Impact Club presents seminars, speakers and the Innovating Social Change conference to deepen students' understanding of the nonprofit sector. Finally, there are resources through the Career Management Center and Nonprofit Management at Kellogg that will help students pursue summer internships and full time opportunities in the nonprofit sector nationally and internationally.

If I am not interested in a career in nonprofit management, is Social Enterprise relevant for me?
Yes, Social Enterprise provides opportunities for students who want to be successful socially responsible global leaders. These leaders will serve a variety of sectors throughout their careers. Social Enterprise courses within Kellogg’s MBA curriculum provide skills and awareness valuable for management consultants, CSR professionals, leaders of social enterprises, consumer products executives, financial services professionals, and many others. All these leaders participate in shaping the social and political environments of their organizations in a responsible fashion.