Master’s in Business Administration
Online MBA in Social Impact

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Application due date for October 3, 2022 term:
September 30
Estimated time to completion:
18 months
All-in price:
View Tuition Details
Application due date for October 3, 2022 term:
September 30
Estimated time to completion:
18 months

The MBA that Goes Beyond Business

The online MBA in Social Impact from American College of Education combines the rigor of a traditional MBA with the power of doing good. This unique program is for business professionals with a desire for more – more knowledge, more opportunities and more impact. It’s the right choice for students who want to become leaders in their field or excel as entrepreneurs in the complex global community while also using the power of business for good.


in the nation for most Master's degrees awarded in Social Impact*.

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How you'll get there.

The online MBA in Social Impact is grounded in a rigorous and substantive business education that will prepare leaders to excel, with the added distinction of understanding the demands of social responsibility. Each course presents business content through the lens of using these skills for good. These nine courses – plus a capstone course – comprise 28 credits.

The remaining nine credits come from one of three focus of study areas or you choose any three courses listed for more general business focus:

  1. Data Analytics
    This focus of study will develop competencies in conducting research and analyzing data, including using data as a business leader to make evidence-based decisions that will move an organization forward.
  2. Diversity and Inclusion
    Business leaders must be prepared and adept at embracing diversity and inclusion in their organization. This focus of study will prepare students to create an inclusive environment that supports diversity of thought as they propel their organizations to greater success.
  3. Sustainability
    This focus of study teaches value-driven, ecologically and socially responsible professionals to develop business models that make a difference in the international business community. Courses focus on social impacts related to entrepreneurship; people and community; and the environment and sustainability.

What you can expect along the way.

  • Finish Faster Our MBA requires fewer credits (37) than most MBAs (45-60) and can be completed in just 18 months. All courses are 5-week terms, online and asynchronous, with multiple starts per year. You can speed up or slow down along the way, learning at your pace – not ours.
  • Competitive Pricing An online MBA from ACE is a smart business decision, with a total cost, including fees, of $10,325 – among the lowest in the nation. Most ACE students are able to pay by the course, or we have payment options available if you need them. It’s all part of our commitment to making quality education affordable.
  • Choose Where to Make an Impact Where do you want to do good in your business career? ACE offers three focus of study areas –data analytics, diversity and inclusion, or sustainability – in addition to the general track. Each focus area reflects current cultural and business priorities as well as areas where a social impact foundation can lead to deep and fundamental changes in how business is done.
  • Support Every Step of the Way The virtual classroom means we can provide convenient, accessible ways to get support 24/7. As an ACE student, you’ll have a Student Success Coach from enrollment to graduation. Your coach will answer questions, offer support and help point you in the right direction along your MBA journey. Every ACE student also has free access to 7.5 hours of tutoring a month through, as well as a Writing Center to help you find the right words for your assignments.
  • Online Library Access We know you’re busy, so ACE makes it easy to get the information you need without buying textbooks. Students have access to our robust online library with your class readings, Harvard Business Cases, journals, periodicals and other resources to help you find the information you need for your MBA program. Like everything else we do, there’s built-in support, too. Our librarian is available through live chat, email, text or phone to help you in your research and assist in obtaining non-digital documents you may need for an assignment.

What it costs

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Total Tuition

37 semester credits
x $235 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$1,480 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost1


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M.B.A. in Social Impact

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 37 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Choose your focus of study.

Nine of your semester credits will specialize in a focus area of your choice. View the College Catalog for full descriptions.  You also have the option of customizing this program by selecting a General Track and choosing the zero courses that best fit your needs.

  • Data Analytics
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sustainability

Core Courses  (28 semester credits)

3 semester credits
Students will evaluate and compare different leadership theories, frameworks, and philosophies. Students will also reflect upon their own leadership experiences through the perspectives of those theories. This course places emphasis on bridging theory to practice for leadership development and how to be an effective leader in a variety of settings. As growing leaders, students will learn about making data-informed decisions and how these decisions influence future results or actions.
3 semester credits
In this course, students will apply accounting concepts to develop financial statements for internal and external use. Accounting practices are established to make evidence based decisions to improve business performance. This course focuses on managing and communicating the finance status of organizations in alignment with governing policies and procedures. Applying sustainable accounting techniques, students examine financial reporting, cash flow analysis, income statements, balance sheets, impact investments, policies and procedures, and forecasting within the legal constraints established by state and federal agencies.
3 semester credits
Students will investigate operating problems and issues relevant to financial management, such as with forecasting, profit maximization, international financial markets, and financial risk assessment. This course applies budgetary principles to impact funding, impact investing, and valuations. By preparing financial statements and analyzing the shifts in cash flow, students consider multiple theoretical approaches to effectively manage revenue sources, expenditures, and budgets. Emphasis is placed on the socially responsible budget process including the support of sustainability, technology resources, and applications as it relates to reporting the management and oversight of funds and financial services.
3 semester credits
In this course, students will assess marketing theories and concepts to strengthen relationships with the target audience. Students will evaluate market analysis and metrics, profitability, product development, promotion and pricing models, distribution approaches, and an integrated strategic marketing plan. Socially conscious marketing strategies will be integrated in diverse contexts. This course establishes marketing management tactics and successful metrics with an emphasis on social impact. Purpose-driven marketing practices are reviewed to engage audiences.
3 semester credits
Organizational behavior and change can improve organizations. Various organizational culture, toxic leadership, and organizational psychology will be reviewed to develop potential solutions or frameworks. This course focuses on decisionmaking processes and perspectives of various stakeholders promote organizational behavior change.
3 semester credits
Leaders drive innovation and strategy. In this course, students will learn to accomplish this by designing, developing, and implementing models of strategic planning and assessment tools to solve issues business leaders face. This course focuses on the overall performance of an organization by identifying, clarifying, and aligning specific leadership and management behaviors to the organization's mission, goals, and values. Strategic plans will be developed to ensure that an organization is effectively and efficiently meeting the needs of stakeholders within and outside of the organization while meeting its goals and sustaining its values. 
3 semester credits
Understanding macro and micro economics is critical for business leaders. In this course, students learn how economic issues and strategies are implemented in the business environment, as well as how economic problems are solved. Economic theory is applied to the decision-making process through the application of econometrics. Students apply theories to topics such as supply and demand, human capital, finance, and technology. In this course, social impact economics emphasizes the integration of positive social effects, social investments, philanthropy, and developing solutions to public issues to make the market more efficient.
3 semester credits
Leaders rely on data to make decisions; thus, understanding business analytics is critical. In this course, students apply business decision-making techniques. Decision-making is focused on areas such as; descriptive statistics, probability, distributions, sampling inference, regression and correlation, multivariate analysis, times series and index numbers. This course will emphasize on the derivation of these numbers using computer-based tools, the concentration is on interpretation and use of the results to determine integration in the business environment.
3 semester credits
This course emphasizes human resource management strategies in various business settings. Employee engagement positively affects corporate social performance. Designed to assist leaders in gaining knowledge and experience of legal and ethical standards, this course also provides opportunities for students to explore aspects of benefits and payroll administration, employment law, and labor relations. Exploring the changing role of human resources, strategies for communicating critical information are examined including ways to conduct job and compensation analyses, job enrichment, developing human potential, and resolving conflicts along with other workplace issues.
1 semester credit
This course is a culmination of concepts and techniques gained in previous courses while developing strategic analytical and decision-making skills as a business leader. Students will demonstrate their expertise by building the business portfolio and business plan. The Capstone Experience is designed for students to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge of business administration and competencies gained throughout, and as a result of, studies related to business administration with emphasis on social impact.

Additional Course 

3 semester credits
This course familiarizes students with the foundations of business management and its basic terminology from business communication and managing people, language involved around making reasoned business decision and judgments. Distinguish what constitutes the broad functions of business from accounting, financial management, human resources, marketing and economic data powered by technology.

Focus of Study

Customize this degree by choosing a three - course Focus of Study to fulfill the remaining nine semester credits.

Data Analytics  

3 semester credits
In a world where information is readily available at anyone's fingertips, students will apply business decision-making through a variety of data analytics, measures, and tools. Applications consist of probability and statistics, reasoning, modeling and estimation, making inferences and predictions resulting from data.
3 semester credits
This course is designed to employ marketing research through both qualitative and quantitative methods. Students will investigate a problem and design research to make evidence-based decisions. The course focuses on developing questionnaires, sampling techniques, data collection, data analysis, and digital intelligence to yield meaningful information.
3 semester credits
Data analytics can, and should, be used to drive strategic decisions in organizations. In this course, students learn how to go beyond making inferences and assessing results from data. They learn how to use data analytics in strategy development through environmental scans, market conditions, assessing cause and effect, and competitive positioning. Analyzing and developing the strategy includes mindfulness of co-aligning the bigger picture to other areas such as accounting, economics, marketing, and management.

Diversity & Inclusion 

3 semester credits
This course is designed to promote diversity of thought and bring value to these differences. Students will identify ways to harness diversity in the workplace to propel an organization forward with innovative ideas. Inclusivity, overcoming challenges, and communication strategies are also explored.
3 semester credits
Leading inclusively is critical in today's work environment. In this course, students will examine ways to manage, empower, and lead others in an inclusive manner. Emphasis is placed on developing an organizational culture embracing diversity, as well as leveraging team contributions.
3 semester credits
Like it or not, everyone has biases that shape their worldview. Students will raise awareness of both known and unknown bias. The way biases are formed will also be identified to create strategies to recognize bias and reduce the likelihood of new biases from being developed.


3 semester credits
This course focuses on the concept of entrepreneurship, from starting, maintaining, or running a business focusing on social impact. The key skills require strategic thinking, innovation, and leadership. This course emphasizes how to lead social innovation within organizations. Students identify theories on social change and build a framework on how to manage effective social movements within organizations, such as building and maintaining businesses as a force for good. Benefit Corporations are a major emphasis in the course, as students examine the major tenets of certifying as a B-Corporation.  
3 semester credits
This course focuses on the tenents of employees, community, suppliers, and customers within Benefit Corporations. Fair, equitable, and good treatment of people are important parts of developing and sustaining community partnerships. Students connect the concepts of social impact to the code of ethics, transparency, accountability, and leadership. Some topics include building partnerships, vendor selection to include sourcing and supplier evaluation process, enhancing organizational policies, and creating value for a variety of stakeholders.  
3 semester credits
The tenant of environment and governance are other areas of focus for qualifying as a Benefit Corporation covered in this course. This course also emphasizes the importance of sustainability practices within organizations. Students connect the concepts of sustainability to the business strategy, regulations, and leadership. Some topics include environmental sustainability, financial sustainability, green purchasing, energy efficiency, and how to create opportunities for a business.  

General Track (9 semester credits)

Any zero of courses from the courses above.

Admission Requirements

M.B.A. in Social Impact

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, including the enrollment agreement, and payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's or Highest Post Baccalaureate degree earned
  • Minimum grade point average 2.50 on a 4.00 scale for full admission
  • Minimum grade point average 2.00 on a 4.00 scale for provisional admission 
  • Submit a current resume
  • Undergraduate or post-baccalaureate in business OR 2 years in a management position*
*If students do not have a bachelor's or highest post-baccalaureate degree in a business-related field OR do not have any professional experience using a business background, students will need to take MGMT5003: Introduction to Business Administration.

*Source: ACE college systems, Office of Institutional Analytics, 2020 Graduate Exit Survey

1This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, the receipt of, or eligibility for, institutional or non-institutional scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

For information on international transcript requirements, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

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