Master of Science in Business for Social Impact and Sustainability


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About This Program:

Exploring sustainability and social entrepreneurship, this master’s degree provides a holistic view of business for social impact, focused on applied research and real-world sustainable business solutions. Students apply concepts of responsibility and sustainability to the business field, as well as learn to approach challenges as potential innovation opportunities.

This program provides a solid social impact foundation for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs interested in harnessing business models and financial tools for the Common Good.

January Term Deadline: January 3, 2022

Time to Complete Degree

Part-time: Approximately 16 Months

Full-time: 12 Months

Jobs in this Field:

  • Social Impact Consultant
  • Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) Director
  • Environmental Manager
  • Sustainability Program Director
  • Sourcing Manager 
  • Sustainability Communications Manager
  • Compliance Officer

90% of Graduates

Advanced in career or pivoted to a career in social impact/sustainability

97% of Graduates

Are employed or starting a business

Our Graduates are Working at:

  • Forum for the Future
  • Climate Nexus

  • Thousand Fell

  • The Savory Institute 

  • Gotham Greens

  • Bowery Farming

  • Uptex, IDC

  • And more!

Your Professors are Scholars + Practitioners in Their Field

Gastón de los Reyes

Gastón de los Reyes

Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Social Impact & Innovation

Teaching Business Strategy as an Instrument for Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability

Diana Won

Diana Won

Scholar-Practitioner, Program Manager at the Pershing Square Foundation

Teaching Money as a Force for Social Good

Amisha Parekh

Amisha Parekh

Scholar-Practitioner, Global Head of ESG for Private Equity at Blackstone

Teaching Impact Through Social Entrepreneurship

Program Structure

Participating in a research-based curriculum, students in the fashion program will write master’s theses designed to address real-world challenges, collaborating with partner companies and organizations.

Thesis partnerships are facilitated by GCNYC’s Center for Social Impact and Innovation, which provides a support network and collaborative research opportunities for students, social entrepreneurs, and leaders in sustainability across industries.





Credits Earned



Master of Science degrees focus on an area of specialization vs MBA’s which offer a broad overview of business  

Making Impactful Education Affordable


Of Students Get Scholarships

Tuition and Scholarships

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33% Less Expensive

Than competitive grad programs in NYC

Learning Options

Create a schedule that dovetails with your busy life and additional commitments!


  • 12 Weeks of Classes
  • Hosted on campus at 64 Wooster Street
  • Social distancing and other safety protocols followed
  • Live courses are offered in the evenings from 6:00pm to 8:30pm on weeknights Monday through Thursday

  • Opt for a hybrid approach
  • Split attendance between in-person and Zoom
  • Frequency is determined at the time of course registration

  • 12 Weeks of Classes
  • Students participate in campus classes via Zoom
  • Students interact with their instructor and other students online
  • Online courses meet virtually for live 3.5 hour sessions, accompanied by asynchronous work outside the virtual classroom

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Alumni Spotlight

Most if not all classes highlight the systemic challenges and nuances that have to be considered when trying to make sustainability-based decisions. I now feel more empowered and capable of incorporating business and profit strategies into sustainability plans.”

Megan Meiklejohn

“The systems and design thinking approach to almost everything, where we had to look deeper into every project we worked on and how creating a great solution, might simultaneously cause a new problem in a different way or area. I also liked the well-being aspect to the program, most of the instructors were quite mindful and challenged us as well in a positive way.”

– Peju Onile-Ere

“At GCNYC, we were in small, intimate classes that were conversation-based. In addition to intellectual conversations, my professors also made space for emotional health, emphasizing meditation, movement and honest self expression.”

– Kiki Van Son

Courses & Curriculum

Learning Objectives

  • Critically examine the business implications 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.
  • Appraise the causes and consequences of shifting contours of global politics, economics and social developments, and their implications for organizational leadership and responsible management.
  • Identify and evaluate organizational factors affecting leadership, including structure, culture and sources of power, enabling them to devise a strategic leadership-development plan.
  • Critically 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.
  • 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.

Navigating Global Change: Business Practices for the Common Good

This course reflects the fact that organizations do not operate in a vacuum: they are both shaped by and themselves also shape the geo-political, economic, social and technological environments in which they operate. Understanding the interaction between organizations and their wider contexts is essential to effective management and responsible leadership. This course is designed to equip students with the information and analytical skills required to critically reflect upon some of the most significant issues which pose challenges to business managers and organizational leaders in the modern world.

Money as a Force for Social Good

The course aims to equip students with a general overview as to how global and local circumstances shape social business and microfinance, and to equip them with the knowledge and skills to determine what factors they should take into account when developing their own social ventures, or when creating an enabling environment for social business and microfinance. Particular attention is paid to how different political, cultural and economic institutional environments favor the evolution of different forms of social business and how different forms of social business negotiate tensions between social and commercial objectives

Impact Through Social Entrepreneurship

This course introduces the student to the concept of social entrepreneurship (and related concepts of social enterprise and social innovation). The notion of social entrepreneurship as a contested concept with competing definitions pushed by different actors with different (political) agendas is developed. Students are taught to critically assess these different agendas and to gain a broader understanding of social entrepreneurship by placing it within the wider social, economic and political contexts in which it occurs. The course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to make up their own minds as to whether (and how) business can change the world, and to prepare them to enter a world where business and society are intertwined.

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Our Master of Science degrees aim to further your sustainability and social impact career
through flexible, rigorous coursework promoting the Common Good.