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110 Ways To Make an Impact as an MBA Student at Michigan Ross

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The Ross School of Business is home to a community motivated to make a positive impact in business and society.

Michigan Ross fundamentally believes business can and should make the world a better place. The Business+Impact initiative at Michigan Ross is just one embodiment of this commitment. It is a hub for the many activities and opportunities that Ross and the University of Michigan have been developing for years. 

MBA students interested in making an impact during their time at Ross have many opportunities to do just that, even beyond Business+Impact. Whether you're passionate about sustainability, want to start an impactful business, or anything else you can imagine, there are resources available to help you do that at Ross.

Below are 110 social impact-themed programs, clubs, action-based activities, and classes available to MBA students.

  1. Michigan Business Challenge - Seigle Impact Track
  2. Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program
  3. Multidisciplinary Action Projects
  4. Social Venture Fund
  5. Summer Internship Funding for Impact Projects from Business+Impact
  6. William Davidson Institute International Investment Fund
  7. Dare To Dream Impact Grants For Student Startups
  8. +Impact Studio
  9. Zell Lurie Internships
  10. Ross Open Road — Entrepreneurial Road Trip
  11. Social Innovation Speaker Series
  12. Women Who Fund
  13. Ross Loan Repayment Assistance Program
  14. Office of University Development Summer Internship Program
  15. Davidson Field Scholars Program through WDI
  16. Global Impact Internships through WDI
  17. C.K. Prahalad Initiative
  18. Impact Projects from the Erb Institute 
  19. Michigan Online Teach-Out Series
  20. Renewable Energy Case Competition
  21. Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund
  22. Henrietta Lacks Health Equity Case Competition
  23. Dow Sustainability Fellowship Program
  24. Socially Engaged Engineering & Design (SEED) Capstone
  25. Center for Positive Organizations
  26. +Lab at the Center for Positive Organizations
  27. Magnify Immersion Program
  28. Positive Links Speaker Series
  29. Gordon Scholarships
  30. Detroit Accounting Outreach
  31. Impact Investing Group
  32. Impact Advantage Loan Repayment Program
  33. U-M Poverty Solutions Initiative
  34. Ginsberg Center
  35. Center for Social Solutions (U-M)
  36. Center for Racial Justice - Masterclass in Activism
  37. Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project
  38. Innovation in Action 
  39. MBA DEI Council
  40. Michigan Climate Venture
  41. PTMBA DEI Case Competition


  1. Africa Business Club
  2. Armed Forces Association
  3. Brazilian Business Student Association (BRASA)
  4. Business Leaders for Diverse Abilities (BLDA)
  5. China Blue Charity Fund
  6. European Business Student Association
  7. Food, Bev, and Ag Club
  8. Greater China Association
  9. Japan Business Association
  10. Korea Business Club
  11. Latin American Business Student Association (LABSA)
  12. Maize & Jew
  13. MBA Christian Fellowship
  14. Partners Club at Ross
  15. Taiwan Business Association
  16. Community Case Competition
  17. Detroit Initiative at Ross
  18. Design+Business Club
  19. Net Impact at Ross
  20. Energy Club
  21. Healthcare and Life Sciences Club at Ross
  22. Ross Give-A-Day Fund Club
  23. Black Business Students Association (BBSA)
  24. Asian American Business Association (AABA)
  25. Hispanic Business Students Association (HBSA)
  26. Indian Subcontinent Business Association (ISBA)
  27. Michigan Business Women (MBW)
  28. Out for Business at Ross (OFB)


  1. Campus-wide Impact Courses
  2. Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Full-Time MBA Concentration
  3. Erb Institute Dual Degree with the School for Environment and Sustainability
  4. Impact Studio: Translating Research Into Practice
  5. Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid
  6. Environmental Law & Policy
  7. Social Intrapreneurship: Leading Social Innovation In Organizations
  8. Strategies For Sustainable Development II: Managing Social Issues
  9. Innovation In Global Health Delivery
  10. Business In Society
  11. Food Literacy For All
  12. Sustainability Finance
  13. Project and Program Design and Implementation
  14. Social Impact Leadership and Governance
  15. Public Management: Policy & Management in the Nonprofit Sector
  16. Washington Campus: Business and the Public Policy Process
  17. Community Development
  18. Organizing for Social and Political Action
  19. Social Activism, Democracy & Globalization: Perspective of the Global South
  20. Climate Economics and Policy
  21. Poverty & Inequality
  22. Fundraising and Grant Writing
  23. Behavior and Environment: Transitional Thinking for the New Normal
  24. Positive Business Communication
  25. Non-Market Strategy: Shaping the Rules of the Game
  26. Business Law & Ethics
  27. Negotiating Skills In Environmental Dispute Resolution
  28. Erb Institute Seminar
  29. Strategies For Sustainable Development I: Competitive Environmental Strategies
  30. Strategies for Sustainable Development II: Managing Social Issues
  31. Leading Inclusive, High Performing Organizations
  32. Living Business Leadership Experience
  33. Energy Markets and Energy Politics
  34. Positive Leadership and Organizing 
  35. Leading People and Organizations
  36. Healthcare Startups: Understanding Needs and Creating Ventures in Healthcare
  37. Health Care Markets and Public Policies
  38. Equity Analytics
  39. Leading a Good Life
  40. Business Leadership in Changing Times
  41. Management as a Calling

Students can explore Business+Impact for a deeper look at how to get involved in social impact work at Michigan Ross.