Degree Overview: Business

There’s a misconception that getting a grad degree in business, or an MBA, is only for those interested in making money. On the contrary, the for-profit business sector has a major impact on the public good. Think of social justice role models like Sheryl Sandberg or Warren Buffet. Beyond that, there are many other ways you can use a business degree to jumpstart your impact career besides moving into a for-profit career. Programs like Echoing Green or Venture for America encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to use their business smarts for the public good.

Check out the 2014 Business as UNusual Guide — a free download from Net Impact, the international organization that supports and grows business and business education for social and environmental impact, with 280 chapters around the globe.

The guide offers:

  • Student-written profiles of 100 business schools from the United States and abroad
  • The voices of 3,300 MBA students, sharing their B-school experiences
  • Descriptions of and commentary about what business programs are doing to prepare students for careers that make a positive impact on the world
  • Stats about each school, including the percentage of students who are Net Impact members, and how satisfied Net Impact members are with career coaching, connections to alumni, and other support
  • Details not easily available on a school’s website, for example, whether funding is available to support students interning at nonprofits

Many of the schools that appear in the guide also participate in the Idealist Grad Fairs, so if you’re thinking about getting your grad degree in business for a career in corporate citizenship or nonprofit leadership, it’s a great idea to research schools in Business as UNusual before stopping by one of our fairs.

More resources:

  • The Aspen Institute does a biennial survey and ranking of business schools, which spotlights innovative full-time MBA programs and faculty that lead the way in integrating issues of social and environmental stewardship into business school curricula and research.
  • Net Impact’s Business as UNusual, another free guide that looks at business careers for the public good.
  • Accredited MBA is a search engine of 150 accredited, online MBA programs.