Master of Science in Business for Social Impact and Sustainability

Alumnus Beto Bina, Co-founder of FARFARM

Admission is open!

GCNYC is not accepting applications for Fall 2024. An announcement for admission in 2025 is forthcoming.

Time to Complete Degree

Part-time: 19 – 24 Months

Full-time: 16 – 18 Months

The MS in Business for Social Impact and Sustainability is a STEM designated degree.

About This Program:

Exploring sustainability and social entrepreneurship, this master’s degree provides a holistic view of business for social impact, focused on applied research and real-world sustainable business solutions. Students apply concepts of responsibility and sustainability to the business field, as well as learn to approach challenges as potential innovation opportunities.

This program provides a solid social impact foundation for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs interested in harnessing business models and financial tools for the Common Good.

Careers in Social Impact and Sustainability

This master’s degree is for anyone who wants to make an impact and contribute to making the world a better place through business and technology, working for top companies.

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Where our graduates have made a difference


of graduates advanced in career or pivoted to a career in social impact/sustainability


are employed or starting a business in fashion/social impact/sustainability

Your Professors are Scholars + Practitioners in Their Field

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Simon Fischweicher


Eivind Lorgen


Dmitri Shuster


Davide Sonzogne


Diana Won


Making Impactful Education Affordable

90% Get Scholarship

Students enrolled in at least two courses per term

33% Less Expensive

Than competitive gradutate programs in NYC.

Alumni Spotlight

We made our programs convenient and affordable so they could be accessible to the busiest and most ambitious students. We’re cultivating a hard-working community that demands excellence from each other as we drive real change because we believe in a better world. Join us.

GCNYC is committed to sparking systemic change, which is why we’ve developed a curriculum that is in alignment with the UN sustainable development goals. We are proud to have been rated as a Level 5 Pioneering School from the Positive Impact Rating for Business Schools, which recognizes institutions for creating positive impacts in business. Learn more.


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“Most if not all classes highlight the systemic challenges and nuances that have to be considered when trying to make sustainability-based decisions. I now feel more empowered and capable of incorporating business and profit strategies into sustainability plans.”

– Megan Meiklejohn, SVP Supply Chain Innovation, Land to Market Program at Savory Institute

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“The systems and design thinking approach to almost everything, where we had to look deeper into every project we worked on and how creating a great solution, might simultaneously cause a new problem in a different way or area. I also liked the well-being aspect to the program, most of the instructors were quite mindful and challenged us as well in a positive way.”

– Peju Onile-Ere, Impact and Digital Innovation Strategist

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At GCNYC, we were in small, intimate classes that were conversation-based. In addition to intellectual conversations, my professors also made space for emotional health, emphasizing meditation, movement and honest self expression.”

– Kiki Van Son, Director of Marketing, Plant Baby

Course Details

Program Structure

Participating in a research-based curriculum, students in the program will write master’s theses designed to address real-world challenges, collaborating with partner companies and organizations.

Thesis partnerships are facilitated by GCNYC’s Center for Social Impact and Innovation, which provides a support network and collaborative research opportunities for students, social entrepreneurs, and leaders in sustainability across industries.




Credits Earned


Master of Science degrees focus on an area of specialization vs MBA’s which offer a broad overview of business

Courses & Curriculum

Participating in a research-based curriculum, students in the program will write master’s theses designed to address real-world challenges, collaborating with partner companies and organizations. Thesis partnerships are facilitated by GCNYC’s Center for Social Impact and Innovation, which provides a support network and collaborative research opportunities for students, social entrepreneurs, and leaders in sustainability across industries.

Learning Options

Create a schedule that dovetails with your busy life and additional commitments!

Flexible Live Classes

  •  Join live courses with our expert faculty
  • Classes are hosted in evenings to accommodate bust working professionals
  • Students have the option to attend either in-person on campus or via Zoom


  • Study at your own pace with our online programs, designed for students who need maximum flexibility 
  • Same expert faculty, same cutting-edge curriculum 
  • Courses run over the period of a standard trimester

 In Values-Based Leadership Skills for an Interconnected World, students will accelerate their leadership by reflecting on their own assets and developmental needs, learn how others perceive them and leverage this new self-awareness to create their own leadership development action plan. Because performance in a leadership role requires more than just knowledge and skills, we will use group experiential activities to help students gain an understanding of the factors that drive effective values-based leadership across the spectrum of contexts affecting their ability to achieve great results. (3 credits)

This course reflects the fact that organizations do not operate in a vacuum: they are both shaped by and themselves also shape the geo-political, economic, social and technological environments in which they operate. Understanding the interaction between organizations and their wider contexts is essential to effective management and responsible leadership. This course is designed to equip students with the information and analytical skills required to critically reflect upon some of the most significant issues which pose challenges to business managers and organizational leaders in the modern world. (3 credits)

This course aims to provide students with academic knowledge and analytical tools with which to discuss and practice strategic management in a world characterized by rapid change and increasing concerns for economic, social and environmental sustainability. The course seeks to address the who, what, why, where and how of strategic decisions, with an emphasis on generating sustainable growth across national boundaries. Students will develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake the necessary research and analysis to advise a firm on the issues that organizations face, and the choices they must make, to develop strategies for sustainable growth. (3 credits)

This course introduces the necessary toolkit for applied research in the sustainability field and takes advantage of the ever-growing volume of data being collected to support decision-making in both the public and private sectors. Students gain practical knowledge on effective data representation, basics of financial accounting and financial metrics to understand the practical language of today’s public and private business, foundational information on national economic statistics, valuation methods for cost-benefit analysis, and statistical techniques for the practical business needs of sustainability. (1.5 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with the analytical tools to understand the contemporary world economy within a historical context and analyze trends, issues and dynamics of political and economic environment that shape our day-to-day life and international business, in particular. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach engaging students with foundational aspects of moral philosophy, political philosophy, political science, as well as macro- and micro-economics. (1.5 credits)

Sustainability Policy & Metrics prepares students to discern the variety of influences on policy in the sustainability space and to map out ways that companies and NGOs can successfully participate in the policy-making process. Measurement of environmental and social impacts is critical to (i) assess policy-making needs, (ii) track progress, and (iii) speak a shared language to facilitate collaboration, and this course focuses on the case of carbon footprinting as an exemplar of the methods, challenges, and potential of impact measurement and how participants in sustainability policy-making translate such metrics into practice. (3 credits)

The course aims to equip students with a general overview as to how global and local circumstances shape social business and microfinance, and to equip them with the knowledge and skills to determine what factors they should take into account when developing their own social ventures, or when creating an enabling environment for social business and microfinance. Particular attention is paid to how different political, cultural and economic institutional environments favor the evolution of different forms of social business and how different forms of social business negotiate tensions between social and commercial objectives. (3 credits)

This course introduces the student to the concept of social entrepreneurship (and related concepts of social enterprise and social innovation). The notion of social entrepreneurship as a contested concept with competing definitions pushed by different actors with different (political) agendas is developed. Students are taught to critically assess these different agendas and to gain a broader understanding of social entrepreneurship by placing it within the wider social, economic and political contexts in which it occurs. The course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to make up their own minds as to whether (and how) business can change the world, and to prepare them to enter a world where business and society are intertwined. (3 credits)

The Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) prepares students to speak the language and scan the external environment the way CSOs must to succeed. The role of the CSO is to: (i) assess the impacts of business on people and planet, (ii) conduct stakeholder analysis, (iii) develop sustainability initiatives and (iv) set and measure strategic and compliance goals, all with a commitment to (iv) fully integrate sustainability into the core of the business. This course prepares students to understand the scope and role of the CSO in leading corporations and to design a comprehensive sustainability initiative that is responsive to the key issues facing a company today.
(3 credits)

This course sequence aims to develop foundational skills in social science research that are needed for basic and applied research at the master’s level. Students will be introduced to research design, measurement and sampling, methods of data collection and analysis, and research ethics. Students should be able to critically evaluate new concepts, ideas, evidence, and empirical data from a range of sources and transfer their skills into practice.

Research Methods I: 1.5 credits
Research Methods 2: 1.5 credits
Research Methods 3: 3 credits

The aim of this course is to conduct business research/consultancy and report on the findings. Drawing on the proposal developed in Research Methods, the course focuses on the business research project, which involves an investigation of a substantial business issue or problem. Students are required to demonstrate critical awareness of business practice, relevant theories and research techniques and approaches. The project element of the course in particular offers students the opportunity to apply course concept, theories and techniques, draw on internationally published literature and good practice, and develop and interpret knowledge about management practice in their area of study. (6 credits)

Total 36 Credits

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Our Master of Science degrees aim to further your sustainability and social impact career through flexible, rigorous coursework promoting the Common Good.

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