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April 13, 2009 / compassioninpolitics

Social entrepreneurship Degree Programs

Social Entrepreneurship Programs and Degrees

Most of the schools below do offer a degree or focus in social entrepreneurship. Some programs offer courses out of their graduate business program and a small minority may just offer a Center for Social Entrepreneurship and have a broader emphasis on entrepreneurship in general. Enjoy! If you have an addition or commentary, feel free to leave a comment or email me directly.

Belmont University
Brigham Young University (BYU)
Colorado State University
Duke University (CASE Program at Duke)
McGill University
Northwestern University (?)
NYU University (Reynolds Program)
Oxford University
Pace University (Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship)
Stanford University (GSB Social Entrepreneurship Program and a design for the developing world program taught by experts at IDEO)
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Indiana (Kelley Business School)
University of Wisconsin
Villanova University (do not seem to have a formal program, only a conference that may not be reoccuring)
Wake Forest University
Yale Program in Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise Education and MBA Program Resources

Beyond Grey Pinstripes
The Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (FYI: they only include members of their organization)
Best programs in pubic affairs & administration-US News Ranking

Do you have any additions to the list of social enterprise degree programs?

Here is a list of delegates to the Global Engagement Summit, which suggests an existing program or the possibility of a social entrepreneurship program in the future…

American University
Arizona State University
Bates College
Brown University
Central Christian College of Kansas
Duke University
Earlham College
Georgetown University
John Hopkins University
Northwestern University
Macalaster College
Methodist University
Middlebury Colege
Michigan State University
Princeton University
Ohio Wesleyan University
St. Olaf University
University of California at Berkeley
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri
University of North Florida
University of Rochester
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Vanderbilt University
Wellesy College


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  1. JeKaren / Oct 5 2010 6:29 pm

    Mercer University in Macon, Ga is offering a SE degree for the first time this year!

  2. compassioninpolitics / Oct 5 2010 7:42 pm

    Thanks JeKaren for adding the addition of Mercer to the list.

    I personally would shy away from any program that hadn’t been around for longer, unless the school really had an established and respected program in either nonprofit management or entrepreneurship to build their social enterprise program on.

    I think given that you’re trusting a school for 2 years of your life and $40,000 to $60,000 I would want a program that had an real expertise in the area of social enterprise.

    It also seems from the website that Mercer only offers classes and doesn’t offer a program. If I am incorrect, feel free to post the URL to their social entrepreneurship program/focus/degree in the comments section.

    Others may not see it the same way I do….

  3. A.K. / Oct 9 2010 11:44 pm

    Pepperdine University just launched their Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change program.

    What are your thoughts on the program itself?

    Thanks for your time

  4. compassioninpolitics / Oct 10 2010 12:05 am


    Thanks for mentioning the launch of the new social entrepreneurship program at Pepperdine:

    They are to be congratulated for their innovation and courage. Its exciting to see that Pepperdine is stepping up on this issue. I believe its unique in terms of its placement in the Education/Psychology department.

    It wasn’t clear from the website where this was a priority (for instance no internship is listed as part of the program):
    “Gain practical, real-world preparation through a hands-on global change experience.” Beyond that its not clear what exposure to real life social entrepreneurs the students are getting. Any focus on real world, experiential learning seems rather opaque or minimal from the program of study.

    It also wasn’t clear what the portfolio experience was about. Overall, it would also be great to see syllabii to see the program focus to be able to better assess the programs Pepperdine is offering. As the programs develops it would be interesting to see how students could specialize in particular tracks (Environmental/Sustainability, Workforce Development/Urban/Counseling, Faith based organizations, CSR/Investment, and perhaps over the longer term Emerging Markets/Base of the Pyramid)

    Finally, I would like see see how this program plays on the strengths that Pepperdine brings to the table in terms of Conflict Resolution, the Business School, etc.

  5. compassioninpolitics / Oct 23 2010 4:27 am

    My understanding is the Bennington (in Vermont) has shaped their program around social entrepreneurship–you can see the TED talk:

    I should also add Berea (in Kentucky) to the list as it has roots in SE and just rolled out a program in the last 3 years I believe:

    There also seems to be a lot of energy and community around these issues at Michigan at the Samuel Zell & Rober H. Lurie Institure for Entrepreneurial Studies.

    Also, it may be helpful to look at the particular slant you might want to deal with in social enterprise from the business side to training to sustainability or technology/mobile/etc, which can help narrow your search significantly.

    I hope all of the above help with your search for the perfect social entrepreneurship program thats great for you.

  6. AUJosh / Dec 26 2010 8:04 am

    American University just launched an MA in Social Enterprise in its School of International Service (with support from AU’s Kogod School of Business).

  7. Guy Larry Osborne / Jun 27 2012 5:05 pm

    New: Low residency Masters in Applied Social Justice with track options in social entrepreneurship or Christian community development at a faith-based university nationally known for its community service commitment,


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