Social Innovation Curriculum

The Stanford GSB social innovation curriculum educates leaders to spearhead global social and environmental change.

The curriculum provides students the opportunity to focus in a particular field, such as economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, health, or education. They can also shape their academic efforts based on their preferred approach to social impact: e.g., responsible business, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit leadership, social impact funding, or public policy.)

Social Innovation Learning Model Infographic

Personalize Your Coursework

The Center for Social Innovation offers a curriculum to address the needs of students at various stages of awareness of and commitment to social innovation work:

  • We design for the first-time exploration of social innovation ideas.
  • We equip students with the tools and frameworks they need to make a successful transition into mission-driven work.
  • We support students coming from the field of social impact in developing their leadership potential to maximize their personal impact and that of their organizations.
  • We empower aspiring social entrepreneurs through the entrepreneurial journey.
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Course Highlight

Apply engineering and business skills to design product or service prototypes, distribution systems, and business plans for entrepreneurial ventures that meet the challenges faced by the world's poor.


The George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics
Lecturer in Business Strategy
Lecturer in Management
Professor of Law, Emeritus, Stanford Law School
Lecturer in Management
Lecturer in Management
Lecturer in Economics
Lecturer in Management
The Thoma Professor of Operations, Information & Technology
Lecturer in Strategic Management
The Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management, Emeritus
Lecturer in Political Economy
The Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and Private Management and Professor of Accounting
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
The William R. Timken Professor of Accounting, Emeritus
The Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy
Lecturer in Management
The Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
The Investment Group of Santa Barbara Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Operations, Information & Technology