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Intensity Track graduates 2019

Business & Social Innovation Intensity Track

Now more than ever, entrepreneurial leaders and business students need to better understand the changing role of business in today's society. This offering provides resources, networks, skills, and knowledge within the MBA program, allowing our graduates to be relevant, responsive, and proactive to these changes.

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. This Intensity Track begins to connect students to expanded resources and networks that are valuable in leading social value creation, whether inside a business or in any other domain.

"We are thrilled to offer the Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track designation in our MBA program," says Cheryl Kiser, executive director of The Lewis Institute. "We designed this track for our students to extend their learning beyond the classroom and gain real-world experience in how social impact and innovation are created."

The Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track will emphasize the UN Global Goals as a framework for sustainable economic and social value creation.

Intensity Track Requirements

We encourage you to apply early so the Lewis Institute team can help guide you through the process.

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.

You do not need to have completed (or even have started) the requirements to apply. On the application, you'll have the opportunity to indicate your intentions for this track, including courses you are planning to take in the future.

Complete one Social Innovation Experience:


course can fulfill either the experiential or the academic requirement

Complete at least 3-course credits, between the academic approved course list and the Social Innovation Experience.

Please note: Approved courses are continually being added to this track. If you have taken a course and/or credit-bearing experience that you believe will fit with this designation, please include the course/experience and description on your application.

Approved Academic Courses List

  • ACC7200 or 7800: Financial Reporting (1.5 or 2 credits)
  • ACC7502: Financial Statement and Sustainability Analysis for Entrepreneurial Leaders (1.5 credits)
  • ACC7503: Designing a Business for Profitability (3 credits)
  • EPS7538: Japan: Institutions and Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
  • EPS7539: Future Trends in EPS Ventures (3 credits)
  • EPS7543: Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Design in Sweden (3 credits)
  • EPS9507: Food Entrepreneurship (1.5 credits)
  • EPS9555: Public Policy Entrepreneurship (1.5 credits)
  • FIN7517: Financing and Valuing Sustainability (3 credits)
  • FIN7531: Impact Investing and Social Finance (1.5 credits)
  • LAW7515: Your Entrepreneurial Success Legal Essentials (1.5 credits)
  • MBA7502: FutureLab: Mobility Opportunities (3 credits)
  • MBA7503: FutureLab: Mobility Innovation (3 credits)
  • MBA7506: COVID Sprint (3 credits)
  • MBA7541: Building and Leading Conscious Business (3 credits)
  • MFE7500: Lewis Institute MCFE (1.5 or 3 credits)
  • MOB7518: Solving Big Problems (3 credits)
  • MOB7522: Leading and Managing Sustainability (3 credits)
  • MIS7525: Agile Experimentation (1.5 credits)
  • MOB7526: Doing Business in Brazil (3 credits)
  • MOB7529: Leading Sustainable Innovation (1.5 credits)
  • MOB7548: Leading for Social Value (1.5 credits)
  • MSM6110: Global Entrepreneurship Experience (3 credits) 

To ensure literacy of the UN Global Goals, all students must attend an Uncommon Table conversation focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Students must read Good Company by Arthur M. Blank and one other selection from the following list and write a short reflection piece:

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. Students and alumni can work with Grad CCD and The Lewis Institute to communicate this intentional focus more broadly. In addition, MBAs will receive a special designation at Commencement.


Questions about the Business & Social Innovation Intensity Track? Email Jen MacDonald or attend our Open Office Hours with Emily Weiner or Cheryl Kiser.