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
Part-time: Approximately 16 Months
Full-time: 12 Months
Advanced in career or pivoted to a career in social impact/sustainability
Are employed or starting a business
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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.
Master of Science degrees focus on an area of specialization vs MBA’s which offer a broad overview of business
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“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
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.
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
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.