If you believe that business should create value for society as well as for shareholders, you are in the right place at Michigan Ross.

Creating leaders who make a positive difference in the world is our core mission at Ross. Our unmatched history of attracting students interested in social impact, our centers and institutes, our deeply engaged alumni, and our flexible curriculum make Ross the perfect place to prepare for a career with a social impact.  

Electives and co-curricular activities allow you to infuse social impact into your Ross experience. The Center for Social Impact will guide you through courses, programs, and careers, and provide hands-on experiences to deliver social impact. The Sanger Leadership Center's Impact Challenge will help you develop leadership skills while creating an important social venture. MAP can take you to Africa, India, or Asia to help improve the lives of the people who live there.


Social Impact Centers And Institutes

You will benefit from the resources, networks, and expertise of the centers and institutes housed at Ross. These organizations help you develop deep expertise and experience in a wide variety of social-impact fields.  

The Center For Social Impact

Provides leaders with practical experiences, skills, and insight to tackle complex social challenges and deliver social impact across sectors, disciplines, and traditional boundaries.

Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise

Committed to creating a socially and environmentally sustainable society through the power of business.

The Center for Positive Organizations

Brings transformational research to students and leaders through articles, books, events, tools, teaching, and organizational partnerships.

The William Davidson Institute

Dedicated to developing and disseminating expertise on issues affecting business in emerging-market economies.

Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

Provides the curriculum, program initiatives, community involvement, and alumni outreach activities that deliver exclusive resources for future entrepreneurs at the University of Michigan. ZLI also supports the Social Venture Fund, the country’s first student-run, socially focused venture capital fund.

Ross Alums Tell You How They Got Their Jobs In Social Impact

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Social Impact Co-Curricular Activities

Net Impact @ Ross

Business meets impact here! Whether passionate about CSR, sustainability, or simply how business can affect more than a bottom line, join RNI.

Detroit Revitalization and Business Initiative (Detroit R&B)

Are you a passionate Detroit local or a new arrival curious about the Motor City? R&B engages students with important issues shaping the Detroit's future, and provides them with an opportunity to explore the city's unique cultural offerings.

Community Consulting Club

The CCC provides students the opportunity to have a tangible impact on the local non-profit community through consulting engagements that promote action-based learning.

Our Students in Social Impact

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Meet Lauren Shaughnessy

Lauren Foukes Shaugnessy, a consultant at The Bridgespan Group and 2013 alum of the Ross School of Business MBA program, discusses how her experience at Ross helped prepare her for career in social enterprise.


Recent MAP Challenges in Social Impact

MAP allows you to "dip your toe" into particular industries and functions during your time at Ross to help you figure out if this is the career path you want to pursue. It’s a great way to gain experience, stretch yourself, and explore something different. Take a look at some past MAP projects in this career path for an idea of what you can experience at Ross.

Madurai, India

Aravind turned to a MAP team for help in pursuing its mission of eradicating needless blindness. Specifically, the nonprofit needed a model of best practices for its chief medical officers to...

Washington, D.C. and London, U.K.

Create a business plan for Ashoka's global Empathy initiative.

Delhi, India and Lucknow, India

Assess the decentralized organizational structure of RGMVP and identify key opportunities for strengthening organizational capacity.

Social Impact Students

Sara Schmidt

Prior to coming to Ross, I worked in technology consulting on a variety of projects and industries. While I had a wide breadth of experiences, I found myself wanting to have a bigger impact on my...

Ariana Almas

Ever since I was a child, I wanted to make people happy. In fact, I performed stand-up comedy in my 3rd grade talent show because, at the time, I thought the best way to make people happy was to make...

Mark Kroening

I am a third year MBA/MPP student at the Ross School of Business and Ford School of Public Policy. I am a systems thinker who has identified the power of business as my vehicle to drive society...