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Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab

  • Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab

    Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab

    The Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab is a Center of Excellence at the USC Marshall School of Business. It aims to build an ecosystem of students and professionals equipped with the business skills and resources to advance market-based approaches to pressing societal issues. Through education, community building, research, professional development and narrative change, the Lab is a hub for social impact at Marshall, USC and beyond.


Our Impact

Founded in 2008 and named in 2014 through a gift from the Brittingham Family Foundation, BSEL has become one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions on social enterprise.

It is clear that addressing social problems is no longer the sole responsibility of government and civil society. Our world’s complex social problems require businesses to invest and innovate for both impact and returns. Today’s business leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors are taking steps to embed social purpose into their corporate operations. Through our MSSE program—recently ranked 5th in the United States—mentorship opportunities and more, BSEL strives to bolster the next generation of leaders in advancing social change.

Our Values

Innovation: We believe in continuous innovation in developing creative approaches to educational programming and research.

Educational Excellence: We believe that creating social impact through business requires a unique business education that exposes students in and out of the classroom to cutting-edge ideas and skills taught by seasoned instructors, practitioners, scholars, mentors, and those with the lived experience of the social challenges we seek to address.

Courage: We foster a courageous spirit in our students because we believe that solving the wicked problems faced in society requires the fortitude to think and act differently.

Representation: In a world where racism, gender inequality, anti-LGBTQ+ bias, and other forms of discrimination impact students’ opportunities for success in the global economy, we elevate stories, perspectives, and backgrounds that both reflect our diverse community of learners and mirror the range of communities and business environments in which our students will find themselves.


BSEL offers graduate and undergraduate academic programming.


  • The Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship offers students a unique combination of business entrepreneurship skills delivered within the context of achieving both social and financial missions.

    The courses focus entirely on the business aspects of social entrepreneurship including feasibility, planning, marketing, management, finance and execution. Social, environmental and health issues are integrated into the readings, cases, teaching, guest lectures, exercises and assignments. The program also includes a for-credit practical capstone project in which students have the option to develop a business plan for a new social enterprise.


  • MSSE Student Association

    MSSE Student Association

    The mission of the Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship Student Association (MSSE SA) is to advocate on behalf of MSSE students in order to enhance the student experience.

    EMAIL MSSE SA for more information.



    Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab
    USC Marshall School of Business
    3670 Trousdale Parkway
    Bridge Hall, Room 105
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0803

    Phone: 213-740-9098


    Our team includes renowned professors on social enterprise, award-winning social entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders. Learn more about us HERE.



    Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship EMAIL

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    Media Inquiries EMAIL Avni Shah, Communications & Editorial Specialist

    For all other questions, please call 213-740-9098.