Eastern University Offers New MBA in Social Impact

Philadelphia, PA - Eastern University is excited to announce a new MBA in Social Impact as the latest offering in the College of Business and Leadership. The program is designed to equip mission-driven leaders to confront complex societal challenges using the tools of business innovation. 

Featuring instruction from groundbreaking leaders in the social impact sector, the new MBA in Social Impact promotes social transformation through inclusive leadership, entrepreneurship, and systems design.

“The MBA in Social Impact is designed to bring together the social and economic halves of society,” shares program director Professor JoAnn Flett. “We at Eastern University are casting a moral vision for business that is distinctly Christian. We are thinking together about how we care for our employees, our customers, our suppliers, our community, and the larger environment. It is a triple-bottom-line business: people, planet, and profit all rolled together.”

Flett cites companies such as Patagonia, Warby Parker, and Ben & Jerry’s as examples of business that is not just “for-profit”, but also “for-purpose.” She elaborates, “The social impact space is growing and a number of businesses are seeing that they need to put together the social and economic halves in order to be successful in the marketplace.”

Courses in the new program are designed by teams of industry experts and thought leaders in social enterprise, systems entrepreneurship, and social impact research. Students will benefit from scholar-practitioner faculty like Dr. Christa Lee-Chuvala, whose research in the economics of social transformation has been enhanced by her years of experience in both community development and international development fields, including serving as the co-executive director of the Boston Faith & Justice Network.

While the MBA in Social Impact is a new offering, it has its roots in Eastern’s MBA Economic Development, a storied program with over 30 years of history and alumni in over 70 countries. Dr. Douglas Clark, Dean of Eastern University’s College of Business and Leadership, shares, “The MBA in Social Impact builds upon Eastern's rich tradition of service and advocacy, while utilizing the latest developments in contemporary enterprise to prepare students to produce transformative change.”

The first MBA cohort will begin classes September 5, utilizing an online format with one residency in Philadelphia per semester. Interested applicants should visit eastern.edu/social-impact to learn more. 


Eastern University is a Christian university enrolling approximately 3,300 students in its undergraduate, graduate, professional, seminary and international programs. The University’s main campus is located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia at 1300 Eagle Road in St. Davids, PA. Eastern’s core values of faith, reason and justice are woven into all of its educational programs. For more information visit eastern.edu or contact Kelly Goddard: kelly.goddard@eastern.edu.