MBA Social Impact Emphasis

All BYU graduate students can now acquire additional skills and experience in social impact through the MBA social impact emphasis. Emphases do not appear on transcripts, so we list all recipients online (see right side).

MBA Social Impact Emphasis Criteria

You must complete a total of 7.5+ credit hours.

Complete the following required course:

  • MBA 692: Social Impact (3.0 credits, Fall/Winter)

Complete one of the three following required courses:

  • MBA 693R Creating the Virtuous Organization taught by Eva Witesman (3.0 credits, Fall/Winter; section 4 for Fall 2021)
  • MPA 623: Nonprofit Structure and Tax (1.5 credits, Winter)
  • MPA 650: Nonprofit Organization Management (3.0 credits, Winter)

Complete three credits from among the following elective courses:

  • MBA 693R, MPA 623, or MPA 650 not taken as one of the required courses (1.5-3.0 credits, see above)
  • MSB 492R: Social Impact On-Campus Internship (SIP/ISIP/CSIP; 3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • MSB 481: Advanced Social Impact taught by Jeff Shumway (2.0 credits; Winter)
  • MSB 482: Impact Investing (3 credits, Fall/Winter)
  • MSB 483: Advanced Impact Investing (3 credits, Winter)
  • MSB 484: Corporate Social Impact taught by Brent Goddard (3 credits, Fall/Winter)
  • MPA 624: Nonprofit Finance (1.5 credits, Winter)
  • MPA 631: Public Program Evaluation (3.0, Winter)
  • MPA 653: Fundraising Tools (3.0 credits, Winter)
  • MPA 656: Resource Development and Leadership (3.0 credits, Fall)
  • MPA 659R: Grantwell (3.0 credits; 1.5 credits Fall and 1.5 credits Winter)


Priority status for grant funding.

Listing on Ballard Center website.

Invitation to Social Innovator of the Year Luncheon.


Please email us when you are in your final semester.

When finished, fill out this completion form.

The classes associated with the minor really affected my decision for what type of organization I wanted to work with after graduation and where I would donate my time and money. The Do Good. Better. mindset will give me a leg up at my new job. When I put social innovation minor on my résumé, employers ask about it.”
— Jeff Roberts, MPA Class of 2015

Course Descriptions

MBA 692 Social Impact & Social Innovation

Taught by Todd Manwaring. This class focuses on solving issues that social innovators face; understanding complex systems of for-profit, nonprofit and hybrid social ventures; and outlining involvement in social innovation as part of a lifetime of meaningful service.

MPA 623 Nonprofit Structure and Tax

Taught by Aaron Miller. This class is an introduction to nonprofit organizations including their history, structure, legal requirements, and finances. Topics include nonprofit corporate structures, tax-exempt status, altruism and economics, and nonprofit revenue sources. Emphasizes what every nonprofit manager and board member should know.

MPA 650 Nonprofit Organization Management

This course focuses on managing the various stakeholders in the nonprofit sector including staff, volunteers, board of directors, political leaders, media, and other unique internal and external influences.

MPA 659R Grantwell

This project-based course explores real-world issues in philanthropy. Students will learn to understand resource development, strategic funding priorities, applicant assessment, grant evaluation, and grant management through projects with large individual and institutional donors. Students get to assist with funding actual organizations. The following illustrates the grant process: 

  1. The donor and Grantwell students establish grant criteria.
  2. The Grantwell students issue a request for proposal (RFP).
  3. Nonprofits submit grant proposals to Grantwell, which are evaluated by Grantwell students.
  4. The Grantwell students submit recommendations to the donor.
  5. The donor contributes funds to the selected nonprofit.

Note: This emphasis does not appear on your transcript. We list all awardees on our website.