Social entrepreneurship is a rapidly developing and evolving field in which nonprofit and business leaders design, grow and lead mission-driven enterprises. To meet demand, we are offering a completely online social entrepreneurship certificate featuring a global perspective with input from organizations and speakers from San Diego, around the U.S. and internationally.
This certificate considers the full spectrum of social business models, including nonprofit organizations, enterprises developing revenue-generating products or services for a social goal, and socially responsible for-profit companies. Participants will have an opportunity to dive deeper into the tools and models that drive successful social enterprises and, finally, to explore and test how these might apply to their organizations and careers. This program will expose participants to: theories of entrepreneurship, models of social change, management skills and the leadership required for successful socially entrepreneurial organizations.
Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Social Entrepreneurship in Action.
*To earn transferable graduate level extension credit to one of USD’s Kroc School of Peace Studies’ Master’s degree programs, students must earn a B or better in each certificate course.
Fully online 3-unit professional course that focuses on introducing social entrepreneurship, doing business to positively impact today’s world, that is the first of three courses in the Social Entrepreneurship in Action Certificate program.
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Online 3-unit professional course that focuses on introducing social entrepreneurship key tools, models and frameworks for assessing, developing and scaling social enterprise models when doing business to positively impact today’s world, that is the second of three courses in the Social Entrepreneurship in Action Certificate program.
Practice your learning with this online 3-unit professional course that focuses on practicing social entrepreneurship in the work environment, doing business to positively impact today’s world, that is the third and final course in the Social Entrepreneurship in Action Certificate program.
Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.
How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with seven learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:
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Students who complete the Social Entrepreneurship in Action Certificate can expect the following outcomes:
The Social Entrepreneurship in Action Certificate is offered completely online. The certificate is designed for professional practice with the goal of either creating a new social entrepreneurship venture or adding social entrepreneurship practices to your existing organization.
This certificate program is for those who are interested in entrepreneurship careers that benefit society. This includes:
Participants in our social entrepreneurship certificate program can expect the following benefits:
*Also, participants in this program earn graduate-level extension credits that are accepted toward the Masters in Social Innovation, the Masters in Peace and Justice, and the MS in Conflict Management and Resolution at the University of San Diego, pending acceptance into one of the programs.
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For successful completion of the certificate programs the following requirements are needed:
Unfortunately most of our courses do not count towards a degree, unless otherwise stated on the course website page. Credit earned in some of our courses may be accepted by some universities as applicable towards a degree but that would be at the discretion of the university.
Certificate programs offered through the Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) at the University of San Diego, are not supported with I-20 assistance (student visas) at this moment. However, PCE’s English Language Academy (ELA) offers I-20 assistance and students who are participating in ELA programs may also participate in other PCE programs. For additional information, please call 1 619-260-8887.
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You have five years to complete the certificate.
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To receive an ‘INC’ grade, students must complete a Petition for Incomplete and forward it to PCE. PCE will then forward the Petition to the instructor for approval. If coursework is not completed in the agreed extension period, a final grade is assigned, all ‘INC’ grades convert to ‘F’ grades or ‘NG’ (No Grade). (Petition)
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You may pay online with a credit card (we accept MasterCard and Visa) or call Enrollment and Student Services during business hours at 1 619-260-4585. Registrations must be paid in full prior to the first day of course.
Students who need to drop a course due to extenuating circumstances may receive a refund, if the request is received prior to the first day or start date of the course. The refund of the course fee will be returned less a processing fee of 10% or $50, whichever is higher. There are no refunds once the course begins. Learn about our registration policies here. A full refund is provided if PCE cancels a course.
Only University of San Diego courses count towards receiving the certificate from USD.
Prospective students can request to be placed on a waitlist. Should a space open up in a course, those on the waitlist will be notified. We encourage you to register early for courses.
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