Experience Stanford GSB with an economic development focus through experiential learning, coursework, fellowships, summer experiences, and more.
Bold leadership and forward-thinking innovation are needed locally and globally to bring prosperity worldwide. Stanford GSB offers you the opportunity to explore economic development issues from the perspective of social entrepreneurs, policymakers, and business leaders.
Join a Community of Dedicated Economic Development Leaders
Stanford GSB alumni are making a difference every day through their social enterprises, their work in global communities, and their leadership in organizations. They offer you expert advice and inspiration to fulfill your vision for economic development.
Learn from the Experts
Explore economic development with Stanford GSB expert faculty and practitioners. Experiential courses offer the opportunity to build businesses either domestically or in the developing world, while case-based classes investigate strategies for poverty alleviation.
- Riding the Next Wave in Developing Economies
- Inclusive Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries
- High-Impact Business Models in Emerging Markets
- Design for Extreme Affordability
Make a Difference While Learning
Explore your interest in economic development through our experiential learning opportunities and fellowships. Students have used these experiences to start a venture dedicated to workforce upskilling, intern for an organization focused on neighborhood development, or better understand how to leverage private capital for sustainable development.
Understand the Field
Immerse yourself in current debates through guest lectures, events, and workshops that will help you develop a nuanced understanding of the realities of the field of economic development.
Power Your Career Right after Graduation
Whichever approach you pursue to achieve your economic development impact goals, you are eligible to apply for an Impact Career Fellowship or Prize. From starting a social venture that enables workers in Pakistan to find online jobs to giving minorities, the U.S. economy, and social justice a boost with internships for engineers, our Stanford Impact Founder Fellowships and Prizes offer you the opportunity to start your own social enterprise. Whether joining an international NGO or working domestically for an impact venture, the Stanford Impact Leader Prize signals your commitment and leadership potential to employers. Finally, if you join or launch a high impact organization, the loan forgiveness program helps you take care of your eligible educational debt.
Experience the Potential of an Interdisciplinary University Network
When you join Stanford GSB, you gain access to Stanford’s extensive interdisciplinary resources dedicated to improving education worldwide.