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110 Ways To Make an Impact on the World While Attending Michigan Ross as a Graduate Student


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, and it serves as a hub to the many, many activities and opportunities that Ross and the University of Michigan has been developing for years. 

Below are 110 social impact-themed programs, clubs, 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. WDI International Investment Fund
  7. Dare To Dream Impact Grants For Student Startups
  8. +Impact Studio
  9. Zell Lurie Institute's Interns In Social Enterprise
  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. Ross MBA Concentration In Business And Sustainability
  22. Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund
  23. Henrietta Lacks Health Equity Case Competition
  24. Dow Sustainability Fellowship Program
  25. Erb Institute Dual Degree With The School For Environment And Sustainability
  26. Innovation In Action Competition
  27. Center For Positive Organizations
  28. +Lab at the Center For Positive Organizations
  29. Magnify Immersion Program
  30. Positive Links Speaker Series
  31. Gordon Scholarships
  32. Detroit Accounting Outreach
  33. Impact Investing Group
  34. Impact Advantage Loan Repayment Program
  35. U-M Poverty Solutions Initiative
  36. Ginsberg Center
  37. Center for Social Solutions (U-M)
  38. Center for Racial Justice - Masterclass in Activism
  39. Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project
  40. Innovation in Action 
  41. MBA DEI Council
  42. Michigan Climate Venture


Clubs at Ross may be focused on project-based work, community-building, diversity & inclusion, and education. 

  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. First@Ross
  8. Food, Bev, and Ag Club
  9. Greater China Association
  10. Japan Business Association
  11. Korea Business Club
  12. Latin American Business Student Association (LABSA)
  13. Maize & Jew
  14. MBA Christian Fellowship
  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. The 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. Impact Studio: Translating Research Into Practice
  2. Business Strategies For The Base Of The Pyramid
  3. Environmental Law & Policy
  4. Social Intrapreneurship: Leading Social Innovation In Organizations
  5. Strategies For Sustainable Development II: Managing Social Issues
  6. Innovation In Global Health Delivery
  7. Business In Society
  8. Food Literacy For All
  9. Sustainability Finance
  10. Project and Program Design and Implementation
  11. Social Impact Leadership and Governance
  12. Public Management: Policy & Management in the Nonprofit Sector
  13. Washington Campus: Business And The Public Policy Process
  14. Organization And Management Of Health Advocacy And Community-Based Nonprofits
  15. Community Development
  16. Organizing For Social And Political Action
  17. Social Activism, Democracy & Globalization: Perspective of the Global South
  18. Climate Economics And Policy
  19. Seminar in Energy Systems, Technology, and Policy
  20. Poverty & Inequality
  21. Fundraising And Grant Writing
  22. Behavior And Environment: Transitional Thinking For The New Normal
  23. Positive Business Communication
  24. Non-Market Strategy: Shaping The Rules Of The Game
  25. Business Law & Ethics
  26. Negotiating Skills In Environmental Dispute Resolution
  27. Erb Institute Seminar
  28. Strategies For Sustainable Development I: Competitive Environmental Strategies
  29. Systems Thinking For Sustainable Development And Enterprise
  30. Leading Inclusive, High Performing Organizations
  31. International Business Immersion
  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

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