Masters of Business Administration (Social Impact)

AGSM’s MBA (Social Impact), UNSW Sydney is an agile business administration and social impact program for experienced professionals interested in acquiring advanced knowledge, frameworks and best practice to lead sustainable and systemic change.

Graduates will have the opportunity to connect with high calibre leaders from around the world, developing a valuable global network of business professionals and entrepreneurs.

Find out about the scholarships available for the MBA (Social Impact).

Why choose this Masters program?

The AGSM MBAX (Social Impact) is a unique part-time MBA. It allows students to specialise in social impact where MBAs are in high demand, with programs designed to meet immediate business needs across not-for-profit, government and corporate industries.

You will build skills in social entrepreneurship, innovation, investment and governance and be able to immediately apply the concepts and tools to your professional life, while accelerating your career.

AGSM @ UNSW Business School offers innovative, experiential, world-class programs designed to equip a new generation of leaders to make an impact in an evolving world.

During this postgraduate degree you will have access to unlimited, individual career development coaching with MBA specialists across career planning, job search strategy, personal brand, advanced behavioural techniques and salary negotiation techniques.

Who is this degree for?

  • Experienced professionals working in the social sector who are looking to develop expertise in social impact through a managerial lens
  • Experienced professionals working in the business sector looking to move into a leadership role with a focus on social impact
  • Experienced professionals in executive roles looking to make a social impact within their organisation

Job and career prospects

  • Executive roles in the social, public and private sectors
  • Policy managers in community and research groups
  • Public and private sector managers and leaders
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Educational institutions

Structure: The AGSM MBA (Social Impact) is a part-time program and can be completed between 2 - 6 years.

Social Impact courses are delivered by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI). CSI is supported by a combination of corporate, philanthropic, and governmental organisations, with the objective of taking a systemic approach to Australia’s social change challenges. These courses are available to students undertaking the MBAX (Social Impact).

Core courses – choose six

MBAX9114 Marketing Management

MBAX9120 Accounting and Financial Management

MBAX9122 Economics in Management Practice

MBAX9123 Corporate Finance

MBAX9125 Managing People & Organisations

MBAX9131 Leadership in a Complex Environment

MBAX9135 Business Analytics

MBAX9143 Strategic Management

MBAX9151 Law, Regulation & Ethics


Social Impact specialisation courses

Core course (prerequisite)

COMM5701 Social Impact

Electives– choose four courses from the following

COMM5703 Social Impact Investment

COMM5704 Demonstrating Social Impact

COMM5706 Design for Social Innovation

COMM5707 Social Impact Field Project

COMM5709 Corporate Responsibility and Accountability

COMM5710 Creating Shared Value

COMM5713 Collaboration for Social Impact

COMM5205 Leading Change for Sustainability

COMM5902 Leadership for Social Impact

Capstone (required)

COMM5714 Social Impact Capstone


> Graduate Certificate in Social Impact
Graduate Diploma in Social Impact


MBA at UNSW Sydney

The Centre for Social Impact is a proud partner of AGSM @ UNSW Business School in the MBA (Social Impact). The MBA (Social Impact) is part of a new suite of online...

Student Stories

Nick Chadwick

  • July 11, 2017

Initially enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact Nick decide to go further with his studies and switched to the MBA in Social Impact.

“I really enjoyed how the MBA integrated very disciplined financial thinking with the broader more holistic social sector thinking. It combines these quite different ways of thinking into a very interesting package.”

Nick is now working at Australian Ethical, an investment firm that only invests in ethical companies.

“My MBA in Social Impact certainly helped me secure my current position. Australian Ethical is interested in ethical investing, having an MBA in Social Impact made me stand out from the pack."

Nick believes the world of corporate responsibility is growing. Doing his MBA in Social Impact has put him in a great position to ride this trend and in the process use market forces to achieve social good. 

Sign In or Register