The Master of Science (MS) in Business for Social Impact and Sustainability at Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC) teaches students how to apply concepts of sustainability and social impact to business and learn what is required to launch a successful enterprise. This program was developed for individuals who are driven by the idea that entrepreneurship and financial tools can be used to further the common good.
Future leaders of these businesses are going to need new mental models, tools and frameworks if they are going to successfully navigate these complex conditions to deliver both profitability and positive social impact.
The M.S. in Business for Social Impact and Sustainability is designed to provide a solid foundation in business fundamentals from the corporate, entrepreneurial, non-profit and public sector perspectives. Students will learn how to design and develop solutions to these problems regardless of whether they are starting their own venture or working in a corporation, social enterprise, or non-profit organization.
The Impact-Focused Business degree at GCNYC can be completed on a part-time basis in 16 months with one to two classes weekly or on a full-time basis in 12 months with three weekly classes. All classes take place in the evenings either online or at our SoHo campus to cater to working professionals. Note: international students on a F-1 student visa must be full-time students.
See below for more specific information on the course curriculum, and learn more about enrolling in the Master’s in Impact-Focused Business degree program at Glasgow Caledonian New York College.
Our Business for Social Impact and Sustainability program provides new possibilities for innovative business management that closely considers social impact. GCNYC leverages the long-standing reputation of our parent institution Glasgow Caledonian University as a global leader in education while also maintaining our unique identity as a change-making academic community here in New York City.
Our diverse group of highly motivated students come from all over the world to study and research strategies for social business here at GCNYC. Small class sizes ensure meaningful interactions with professors and guest speakers, and impact-focused business students take core courses with students across our master’s programs providing interdisciplinary opportunities to understand different perspectives. GCNYC students learn from compassionate faculty who can straddle academic theory and real-world experience, and their student cohort who refuse to compromise between career success and the Common Good.
At Glasgow Caledonian New York College, we are dedicated to excellence in applied research. Our faculty participate in applied research as both academics and practitioners in their fields. Much of the coursework is built from case studies and industry research to help students connect challenges in business to their own research and careers. Our Business for Social Impact and Sustainability degree culminates in a master’s-level thesis, a model common to business schools in the UK.
GCNYC provides students with the resources to develop their own applied research process and contribute to the field of impact-focused business. Completing a master’s-level thesis demonstrates your ability to ask important questions about the field and explore the balance between profitability and sustainability—all skills that would be valuable to future employers or starting your own enterprise.
The primary goal of this program is to provide a broad, analytical and integrative study of Business for Social Impact and Sustainability. Specifically, the educational aims are:
- To critically examine the implications for businesses of recent and future changes in the global business environment by applying a range of analytical tools and frameworks for assessment and development of a firm’s strategic capability, competencies and competitive position in a variety of global settings.
- To appraise the causes and consequences of shifting contours of global politics, economics, and social developments, and their implications for organizational leadership and responsible management.
- To identify and evaluate organizational factors affecting leadership, including structure, culture and sources of power, enabling them to devise a strategic leadership-development plan.
- To assess the contested concept of social entrepreneurship, identifying the range of contexts in which social entrepreneurship can take place and evaluating the circumstances by which business can play a role in driving positive social change.
- To understand and critically assess the evolution of social business and innovative finance tools through various cultural, political, and economic contexts from the perspective of investors and social enterprises.
- To develop the analytical skills and interdisciplinary knowledge required to evaluate current and future issues in global political economy in a contemporary world.
- To evaluate literature and select and utilize appropriate qualitative and quantitative methodologies in the formulation of research.
The overall learning outcome of a master’s degree at Glasgow Caledonian New York College is to provide a differentiated master’s-level learning experience that combines program-specific and common modules. Students benefit by building general expertise in global business strategy, organizational ethics and personal and professional development alongside their program’s niche strengths in impact-focused business. The coursework at GCNYC offers a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills relating to organizational management to give students the tools needed to succeed as a responsible and ethical professional manager/practitioner. Students are offered opportunities to simultaneously develop critical thinking skills, their knowledge of contemporary and sustainable management practices and the personal and entrepreneurial abilities necessary to gain employment. The culmination of the program develops critical research skills necessary for the successful completion of a complex and independently designed research project.