Supports students in developing the leadership, management, and analytic skills required for work in 21st-century social enterprises, startups, nonprofits, government, and for-profit organizations.  


The Management specialization is extremely diverse in both the courses offered and the students who participate. Upon leaving the program, you will have gained a portfolio of skills and experience that enable you to pursue careers in any sector.  

The curriculum provides both the theoretical underpinnings and the practical application of the full range of knowledge required to be an outstanding 21st century entrepreneur, leader, or manager. The largest specialization at the School, Management students also experience SIPA’s social enterprise initiatives with courses such as Impact Investing, Growing Social Ventures, Creating a Social Enterprise, Management of Data Analytics for Social Impact, and many more. Many of SIPA’s notable social ventures began as the seed of an idea in one of these courses.

SIPA’s Management specialization is designed for students who are eager to pursue careers as leaders of institutions and organizations, consultants and advisors to the leaders of major institutions and organizations, or founders of organizations and startups that fulfill a critical societal need.

Career Paths

SIPA Management graduates work in consulting companies such Booz Allen, McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, and Deloitte; international organizations such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD); foreign governments; and state and city governments and agencies in the U.S., as well as non-profits and social enterprises around the world.

Curriculum & Courses

Courses are divided into five areas of study:

  • Leadership, Strategy and Decisionmaking
  • Operations, HR and Program Management
  • Financial & Resource Management
  • Management Innovation and New Organizational Models including Social Enterprise, Impact Investing, and Social Impact Measurement
  • Control & Evaluation

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Specialization Requirements

Students must complete three courses for a total of nine points to complete the specialization requirement.

If you are wondering whether you might be able to bypass some of these requirements, please contact the specialization coordinator Edun Sela.