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Nonprofit/Social enterprise focus? [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2008, 12:17
Hey folks. I'd appreciate any and all feedback - pos or neg - here.

So I have two years in the Peace Corps under my belt and another two working for a global health non-profit managing USAID projects. I'm looking at B-schools now, primarily for two reasons - first, I want to manage development programs, and MBAs are rare in my field, but the skills would sure be handy. Second, I've long dreamed of starting my own renewable energy business (or non-profit?), and I imagine an MBA would not only be a handy skill set there, but also useful for attracting startup money.

Besides, having a decent-name MBA provides a good deal of income security, which is handy too.

Stats: 680 GMAT (re-taking) and 3.04 GPA from a top 20 U.S. And I'm a white dude.

- Yale is an obvious choice for me, but it's Yale, so it's a big reach.
- Duke's non-profit resources are supposed to be strong too
- Stanford has a solid reputation on this "save the world" thing, but it's also a BIG stretch

Besides these three, which schools out there have strong programs in this area? I'm applying to a number of other schools with more general management and entrepreneurial programs, planning to cross-apply those later in my career.

Thanks!
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Re: Nonprofit/Social enterprise focus? [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2008, 14:19
Seriously? No one?
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Re: Nonprofit/Social enterprise focus? [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2008, 15:25
Check out Kellogg, they have a major (SEEK) dedicated to this area. Do some research and find the net impact school profiles that will give you a lot of solid information.
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Re: Nonprofit/Social enterprise focus? [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2008, 18:03
Hi ntang,

I have very similar interest and background as you and the corporate social responsibility focus is really important for me. I'm applying for Darden and Haas because I feel they are strong in that field. Darden also allows fee waiver for Peace Corp volunteers.
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Re: Nonprofit/Social enterprise focus? [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2008, 11:00
Hi Everyone,

I came upon this thread, and was glad to see some inquiries into non-profit/social enterprise programs! I am interested in applying technology to the non-profit sector, but have found very few programs that have programs strong in both. Only Haas comes to mind so far (which I had a fabulous visit!).

Since I am most likely applying in Fall 2009, any ideas or leads of other schools I should be looking at would be greatly appreciated!

Does Darden provide a fee waiver for AmeriCorps participants as well?
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Re: Nonprofit/Social enterprise focus? [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2008, 22:58
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Since I am most likely applying in Fall 2009, any ideas or leads of other schools I should be looking at would be greatly appreciated!


Berkeley's southern neighbor Stanford is good/better in non-profit and technology.
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Re: Nonprofit/Social enterprise focus? [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2008, 23:02
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Does Darden provide a fee waiver for AmeriCorps participants as well?


Here's the official line from Darden:
Waivers are only granted under extreme circumstances. To request an application fee waiver, please submit an email to darden@virginia.edu detailing your reasons. Please label the subject line “Fee Waiver Request.” Teach for America corps members and alumni, Peace Corps volunteers, and military members who have active duty experience within the last three years are eligible.

I don't think AmeriCorps is eligible.
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