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Curriculum

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

MBA Specialized Programs of Study

Students can choose from a variety of individual courses or concentrations within the MBA program to adapt their MBA into one focused on social innovation. Students can enroll in courses at the McCombs School of Business as well as other schools such as the Cockrell School of Engineering, the Jackson School of Geosciences, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Below is a snapshot of the curriculum offerings in the McCombs MBA program that relate to the Social Innovation Initiative’s four areas of focus. To see the curriculum offerings in the program as a whole, visit the full-time curriculum page.

Corporate Social Innovation

Corporate Social Innovation

For students seeking to specialize in products, programs, and practices that take into account environmental, social, and governance considerations within the realm of “traditional” business, we recommend a concentration in CleanTech, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility or Global Business.

 Concentrations

Sample Courses

  • BGS 370- Energy Technology and Policy
  • IB 395- International Business Fellows Seminar
  • LEB 380- Legal and Ethical Environment of Finance
  • MAN 369P- Social Innovation Practicum
  • MAN 385- Management Sustainability Practicum
  • MAN 385- Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility
  • MAN 385- Topics in Sustainable Development
  • MKT 372- Social and Ethical Responsibility of Business
  • MKT 382- Invisible Global Marketing
  • OM 386- Supply Chain Management
  • RM 395- Managing International Risk
  • Regenerative Sustainability short course, Copenhagen- contact Debbie Carney



ESG & Impact Investing

ESG & Impact Investing

For students seeking to leverage private capital for public good, we recommend supplementing a traditional finance-focused path through the McCombs MBA with coursework focused on ESG and impact investing.

 Sample Courses

  • FIN 372- Environmental, Social and Governance Investing
  • MAN 369P- Social Innovation Practicum
  • MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT)- for students selected for the MIINT team

Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneurship

For students who want to work for or start a new venture that seeks a clear social or environmental purpose in addition to financial returns, we recommend a concentration in Entrepreneurship, supplemented by coursework on social innovation.

 Concentration

 Sample Courses

  • FIN 394- New Venture Finance
  • MAN 369P- Social Innovation Practicum
  • MAN 385- Entrepreneurial Growth
  • MAN 385- Opportunity Identification and Analysis
  • MAN 385- Social Entrepreneurship

Public and Social Sector Innovation

Public and Social Sector Innovation

For students who want to work across sectors, with governments, governmental agencies, nonprofits, or NGOs, in partnership with private sector organizations, we recommend a concentration in Public and Governmental Affairs or Social Enterprise.

 Concentrations

Sample Courses

  • ACC 380K- Issues in Accounting/Control of Non-Profit Orgs
  • BGS 374- Global Political Economy
  • IB 395- Emerging Markets
  • LEB 371R- Perspectives on Public Policy
  • LEB 380- Business Government & Public Policy
  • MAN 369P- Social Innovation Practicum
  • Nonprofit Evaluation