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Social Innovation

Stanford GSB supports students in their exploration of social and environmental issues, develops the skills students need to address them, and provides both a networked community and financial resources to help students get started.

The Center for Social Innovation (CSI) enhances the offering of both the MBA and MSx programs with key opportunities for you to explore social innovation whether you ultimately choose to work in the corporate, nonprofit, government, or philanthropic world.

Stanford GSB students leave prepared to become:

  • Corporate executives transforming large industries from within
  • Government leaders who can bridge the public and private worlds
  • Social entrepreneurs leveraging markets and business for the greater good
  • Effective nonprofit executives and board members
  • Skillful advocates moving social and environmental agendas forward
  • Active volunteers

Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation

The Certificate is an academic option within the MBA and MSx programs and is awarded to students who focus their elective coursework on topics in social and environmental management.

Social Innovation Curriculum

Our learning model allows you to tailor your education through a combination of context-building, overview, and deep-dive courses.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Embark on study trips, work with a mentor in the field, or participate in an investment committee, and learn how your education will help you make a difference.


Throughout your personal and professional journey, you may take on different community leadership roles. If you decide to support a social-purpose organization part-time or full-time and apply your management skills to public issues, Stanford GSB may provide funds and resources to help you.

Community Connections

While at Stanford GSB, join a student club and learn from the experiences of your peers. Meet visiting speakers and gain insights into their fields of work. After you graduate, stay connected to alumni with similar interests.