Business & Social Innovation Intensity Track

Now Accepting Applications


Submit your application for the Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track. 

In 2017, the Graduate School launched the Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track for MBAs focused on developing the mindset, skills, and competencies needed to create economic and social value simultaneously. The role of business in society has significantly shifted, and business leaders are increasingly challenged with the complexities of "doing well" (economic value), while at the same time "doing good" (social value). This Intensity Track begins to connect students to expanded resources and networks that are valuable in leading social value creation whether inside of business or in any other domain.

“The Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track is reinforcing Babson’s commitment to improving our society through business education,” says former Graduate School Dean William Lamb. “We believe our students graduating through this intensity track will be well equipped to create economic and social value in their careers.”

Students who have successfully completed the Track requirements can use the "Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track" qualification on their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and other personal and professional documents, and can work with Grad CCD and The Lewis Institute to communicate this intentional focus more broadly. In addition, any MBAs eligible for this Track will receive a special designation at Commencement. The Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track requires a rich combination of course work and entrepreneurial experiences to practice the concepts of social innovation, as well as an Grad Impact Hour on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Apply for the Business & Social Innovation Intensity Track


Track Requirements:

  • Approved application and confirmation from The Lewis Institute
  • Complete a Social Innovation Experience as described below
  • A total of 6 course credits completed, between the academic approved course list and the Social Innovation Experience (3 credits)
  • Attend an Grad Impact Hour focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Required readings in addition to the course

Social Innovation Experience:

Approved Academic Courses List

(as of January 2018):

MOB 7522: Leading and Managing Sustainability (3 credits)
MFE: 7500: Lewis Institute MCFE (1.5 or 3 credits)
EPS 9555: Public Policy Entrepreneurship (1.5 credits)
MOB 7548: Leading for Social Value (1.5 credits)
MOB 9540: Extended Enterprise Management Practicum (1.5 credits)
FIN 7517: Financing and Valuing Sustainability (3 credits)
MBA 7541: Conscious Capitalism (3 credits)
EPS 7539: Future Trends in EPS Ventures (1.5 credits)
EPS 7532: The Principle of Objectivity (1.5 credits)
EPS 7538: Japan: Institutions and Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
MSM 6110: Global Entrepreneurship Experience (3 credits)
EPS7543: Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Design in Sweden (3 credits)
MOB 7518: Solving Big Problems (3 credits)
Please note: other courses may be considered for inclusion in the Intensity Track. If you have taken a course and/or credit-bearing experience that you believe will fit with this designation, please indicate that with a description on your application.

Required Readings:

Students must read at least two selections from the following list, and write a short reflection piece that will be posted on the The Lewis Institute blog:

Those interested in applying for this designation should submit an application here. All applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis and students may be contacted for follow up information. If you have questions about the status of your application or need more information, please contact Jennifer MacDonald.