Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Social Entrepreneurship Concentration

The Concentration in Social Entrepreneurship is designed for students interested in using their MBA skills in the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact. The core MBA program provides a strong foundation for any student looking to become a successful sector leader. However, MBAs looking to use their skills and talents for social impact must approach their work thoughtfully, recognizing the unique challenges, opportunities, and qualities associated with trying to create social value.

The Social Entrepreneurship Concentration is designed to serve students who aspire at some point in their lives to be social entrepreneurs, executives in social-purpose organizations, philanthropists, board members, or leading volunteers in their communities and the social sector. Courses in this concentration will also appeal to students interested in incorporating strategies for social impact into their business and entrepreneurial careers.

Coursework Requirements: Students must complete at least 6 courses (for a minimum of 18 credits) according to the guidelines below.

Required Course: MANAGEMT 750 — Social Entrepreneurship

Choose at least 2 of the following courses (only 1 can be a practicum course):
MANAGEMT 898 — Advanced Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship
MANAGEMT 898 — Impact Investing
SOCENT 895 — Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (Social Entrepreneurship projects) or MANAGEMT 898 — Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum Foundations (CASE i3 consulting projects)

Choose at least 2 from the following lists of Fuqua and non-Fuqua courses:

Fuqua Courses

ENRGYENV 626 — Environmental Sustainability
ENRGYENV 627 — Business Strategy for Sustainability (Formerly ENRGYENV 898)
FINANCE 646 — Corporate Finance
FINANCE 651 — Entrepreneurial Finance
FUQINTRD 693 — Irrational Choices, Unconscious Decisions and Market Failure (Formerly FUQINTRD 898)
HLTHMGMT 712 — Medical Device Strategy (Formerly Medical Device Commercialization)
HLTHMGMT 898 — Invention to Application
MANAGEMT 746 — Power and Politics
MANAGEMT 747 — Leadership
MANAGEMT 748 — Managing Human Assets and Organizational Change
MANAGEMT 749 — Ethics in Management
MANAGEMT 754 — Mentored Study in Entrepreneurship*
MARKETNG 796 — Market Intelligence
MGMTCOM 570 — Effective Advocacy
MGRECON 787 — Behavioral Economics (Formerly MGRECON 898)
STRATEGY 838 — Entrepreneurial Strategy
STRATEGY 840 — Emerging Markets Strategy
STRATEGY 845 — Entrepreneurial Execution/Planning
STRATEGY 848 — New Ventures 1: Opportunity Evaluation 
STRATEGY 849 — New Ventures 2: Strategy Development 1 and STRATEGY 850 — New Ventures 2: Strategy Development 2 (must take both courses)
STRATEGY 851 — New Ventures 3: Operating Plan Development 1and STRATEGY 852 — New Ventures 3: Operating Plan Development 2 (must take both courses)

*While not required, students may fulfill some of the requirements through mentored study or independent study opportunities, as long as the content of the project is focused on the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact. Students interested in this option should email CASE in advance and file the appropriate forms for an independent study including an explanation for why it should qualify for the concentration.

Non-Fuqua Courses

In total, only 6 credits of non-Fuqua courses may count toward the concentration. Non-Fuqua courses other than those listed below may be considered by petition to CASE in advance of taking the course:

For students interested in nonprofit management and community development:
LAW 541 — Non-Profit Organizations
PUBPOL 559S/LAW 585 — Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Not-For-Profit Management
LAW 314 — Community Economic Development Law
PUBPOL 544S — Schools and School Policy

For students interested in the environment and sustainability:
ENVIRON 520 — Resource and Environmental Economics
LAW 235 — Environmental Law
PUBPOL 721S — Institutional Design for Sustainable Development

For students interested in global health:
GLHLTH 671 — African Health Systems, NGOs and Global Health
GLHLTH 701 — Global Health Challenges
GLHLTH 750 — Health Systems in Developing Countries
PUBPOL 642S — Designing Innovations for Global Health

For students interested in international development:
PUBPOL 723 — Poverty Reduction and the International Financial Institutions
PUBPOL 726 — Innovation and Policy Entrepreneurship
PUBPOL 728 — Monitoring and Evaluation