Program Overview

Our program educates a generation of leaders with a strong sense of social awareness and values who embrace the need to give back to their communities. They learn to be strategic, values-based leaders who make a significant contribution to their organizations and communities by applying the latest management tools, models, and theory.

AUSB’s MBA program challenges students to step out of their comfort zone and go even further – on both a professional and a personal level. With a focus on experience-driven learning and collaboration among colleagues, students are a part of a rewarding learning experience and emerge as stronger leaders.

Designed around a “living strategy” concept, each student conducts an ongoing applied Integrated Strategy Project (ISP) where they apply the major concepts from each semester to a specific organization (and/or their employment) that results in a comprehensive strategic plan that can be implemented immediately. Emphasizing values, ethics, and responsible business practice, students develop the leadership skills to:

  • Manage and motivate others in increasingly complex and changing environments
  • Anticipate and assess critical operational issues and opportunities
  • Access, organize, and analyze important economic and management information
  • Anticipate key trends and changes in the operating environment
  • Develop integrated business plans to achieve strategic goals

Building on the Antioch University MBA and the experience of the New England campus (AUNE), AUSB’s MBA program provides the leadership and staff of businesses and non-profit organizations, as well as those interested in the field, with the appropriate training to effectively attend to the “business-side” of non-profits, social businesses, and other areas pertaining to strategic leadership. The curriculum provides students with graduate training to effectively “make a difference,” an often stated reason for students attending AUSB.

The program design includes “core” or foundational courses typically associated with an MBA (i.e., management human resources & leadership, marketing & communication strategy, and finance) and courses specific to social enterprise business models, non-profit organizations, and other strategic leadership contexts (i.e., entrepreneurship, global philanthropy & social responsibility, and a law and ethics course that addresses non-profit management and board relationships).

The MBA Program has the following goals:

1—Financial Domain: The MBA graduate has the skills to implement integrated strategies that will strengthen the financial sustainability of enterprises in a variety of environments.

2—Human Capital Domain: The MBA graduate is proficient in the development of an organizational culture and the implementation of practices that support human capital as well as enhance the successful performance of the individual, team, unit, and organization.

3—Systems Domain: The MBA graduate is proficient in the development of analytic, strategic, and collaborative decision making in order to successfully communicate sustainability within multiple systems.

4—Leading Change Domain: The MBA graduate has developed knowledge pertaining to theories of change and leadership theories and is proficient in the ability to guide organizations towards a sustainable multiple bottom line.

5—Integrated Application Domain: The MBA graduate is proficient in synthesizing and applying knowledge, metrics, and skills to promote organizational success through the development of a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan.

6—Specialized Skills Domain: The MBA graduate demonstrates proficiency in evaluating, synthesizing, and applying foundational concepts in a variety of enterprises (accounting, finance, and economics). Graduates interested in social enterprise demonstrate proficiencies in the unique aspect of working with volunteer boards, fundraising, and grant preparation.

7—Development Domain: The MBA graduate demonstrates the proficiency to advise, advocate for, and support further opportunities for growth through opportunity assessment, demand stimulation, and marketing. This proficiency includes exploration of business opportunities, analysis of demographic and economic trends, preparation and implementation of an enterprise strategy,, and projecting financial needs and sources.

MBA Program Essentials

  • Create for-profit businesses and organizations with a focus on particular social needs.
  • Operate and manage businesses and organizations that advance social responsibility and civic engagement.
  • Demonstrate strategic leadership in a wide range of for-profit and not-for-profit environments

Complete your MBA with a focus on socially responsible business in 4 semesters over the course of 16 months of full-time study (each semester is 4 months long). To accommodate the learning-style and scheduling needs of today’s busy students who balance multiple responsibilities, the innovative hybrid program has two different delivery models – Track 1 and Track 2. Students in both tracks are together during our monthly on-campus residencies and for their courses online. The difference between the two tracks, set out in more detail below, is that students enrolled in Track 2 are required to meet face-to-face with our MBA faculty on a weekly basis for Project Labs held on AUSB’s campus and attend our monthly MBA Workshops.

Track 1 students meet face-to-face once a month for the MBA Program residencies at our beautiful downtown Santa Barbara campus; classes start at 2:00pm on Friday and continue on Saturday. During each residency, Track 1 students also may attend the Friday evening MBA Workshops. Outside of the residencies, students in Track 1 continue their coursework using AUSB’s virtual learning environment. In Track 1, all classes not held during the monthly residency take place online, including the weekly Project Labs (part of the Integrative Strategy Project courses). Track 1’s low-residency design allows for optimal learning flexibility throughout the MBA Program.

Track 2 students meet face-to-face with MBA faculty on AUSB’s beautiful downtown Santa Barbara campus on a weekly basis throughout the entire 16 months of the MBA Program. Track 2 students join Track 1 students once a month for the MBA Program residencies on campus; classes start at 2:00pm on Friday and continue on Saturday. During each residency, Track 2 students must attend the Friday evening MBA Workshops. Additionally, Track 2 students meet weekly on-AUSB’s campus for the Project Labs (part of the Integrative Strategy Project courses), taught by MBA faculty. Students in Track 2 also continue their coursework using AUSB’s virtual learning environment.

Our unique two-track hybrid model creates a rich in-person learning environment allowing for maximum flexibility. The curriculum for both Tracks 1 and 2 remain consistent and tuition is priced the same. Our MBA Program provides students with the ability to complete an advanced degree despite the demands of other responsibilities. Individual students may also elect to participate in the MBA Program on a part-time basis.

Current tuition for the MBA program is $925 per semester unit, whether you are a California resident, out-of-state, or international student. For the 36 units required to graduate, the total tuition cost for a full-time student is $33,700.*

*Tuition costs are subject to an adjustment on an annual basis.


  • Social Entrepreneur
  • Manager or Executive in a For-Profit Corporate Environment
  • Manager or Executive Specializing in Corporate Philanthropy
  • Manager or Executive of a Non-Profit or Non-Government Organization (NGO)
  • Leader in Community Engagement in Public or Private Sector
  • This program may also appeal to the active community board volunteer or lifetime learner who is interested in exploring these fascinating, timely, and important topics

AUSB’s MBA program provides students with an understanding of the importance of social responsibility and stewardship. These are vital components of leadership and assist in meeting challenges of the future. Through a flexible Integrative Strategy Project students explore leadership issues in social enterprises, non-profits, and traditional businesses.

Sample Courses:

  • Introduction to Social Business, Non-Profit Management, and Strategic Leadership
  • Leadership, Teamwork, and Diversity: Developing Human Resources in Changing Environments
  • Entrepreneurship & Leading Change
  • Marketing & Communication Strategy
  • Integrative Strategic Management
  • Global Philanthropy & Social Responsibility
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