At Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC), we offer a Master of Science (MS) in Business for Social Impact and Sustainability. Designed for working professionals, our program can be completed through evening or online classes. This business degree provides a solid social impact foundation for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs interested in harnessing business models and financial tools for the Common Good.
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 sustainability to the business field, as well as learn to approach challenges as potential innovation opportunities.
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After completing their Business for Social Impact and Sustainability degree, our students take a variety of career paths working at corporations, social impact startups and non-profit organizations, with some even starting their own entrepreneurial venture. Common job titles in the sustainable business space include:
- Social Impact Consultant
- Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) Director
- Environmental Manager
- Sustainability Program Director
- Sourcing Manager
- Sustainability Communications Manager
- Compliance Officer
See below for our course curriculum, and learn more about enrolling in the MS in Business for Social Impact and Sustainability at Glasgow Caledonian New York College.
GCNYC’s social impact business program is designed for working professionals with a bachelor’s degree. Part-time students can take one or two classes weekly and complete their degree in approximately 16 months. Students on a full-time schedule complete their degree in 12 months by taking three classes weekly. (Note: International students on a F-1 student visa must be full-time.)
All courses are offered in the evenings. They can be taken at our SoHo Manhattan campus or online, depending on your needs as a working professional.
In-person courses occur from 6:00pm to 8:30pm on weeknights Monday through Thursday. Students come to campus to engage with peers and faculty in a real-time environment.
Online courses allow students to pursue the Business for Social Impact and Sustainability degree regardless of their location. Our online offerings are designed by the same renowned faculty members who create our robust in-person programs. Generally, online students meet virtually for live 1.5 hour sessions (once or twice a week depending on the number of courses taken per trimester), accompanied by asynchronous work outside the virtual classroom.
Glasgow Caledonian New York College offers innovative business-related degrees including our Master of Science in Business for Social Impact and Sustainability. As New York City’s College for the Common Good, we build on the global reputation of our parent institution Glasgow Caledonian University as a social impact educator while maintaining our unique community of sustainable business advocates here in New York City.
Deeply passionate about sustainability, our students join a diverse cohort of highly-motivated professionals interested in social impact enterprise. Our compassionate faculty weave together theoretical business scholarship with insights from their own social impact careers. In intentionally small classes, business students study alongside peers from our other master’s programs fostering an interdisciplinary, collaborative atmosphere. As a community, we center academic excellence, professional and personal development, as well as a dedication to applied research methods. Our Center for Social Impact and Innovation invites students to engage with the sustainability research community through guest speakers series and thesis partnerships that align students’ research with a particular sustainable business or other organizations focused on social impact.
The Business for Social Impact and Sustainability curriculum is anchored in case studies and applied industry research. This realistic approach helps students connect social impact challenges to their careers and become the vanguard of sustainable business innovation.
Besides encountering applied research in coursework, our business students engage with research by writing a thesis to complete their degree. A master’s-level thesis demonstrates your ability to explore sustainable business practices at the macro and micro levels. These intellectual skills are highly valuable to future employers or for becoming an entrepreneur.
Throughout the Business for Social Impact and Sustainability program, students will:
- 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.
- critically 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.
Over the course of their master’s degree, students prepare for their master’s thesis by developing the analytical skills and interdisciplinary knowledge required to evaluate current and future issues in global political economy in a contemporary world. Then, students critically evaluate academic literature with the objective of selecting and utilizing appropriate qualitative and quantitative methodologies to develop a research proposal. As part of their master’s thesis, students will ultimately conduct empirical research, present an intellectually robust and evidence-based analysis and develop appropriate recommendations.