Social Entrepreneurship in Action Certificate

3 Courses
9 Units
Online Fixed-Date
28 Weeks

Make a Difference in the World with Social Entrepreneurship

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.

Certificate Requirements

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.

Schedule & Fees

Required Courses

All courses from this stream are required for completion of this certificate
Course Date Units Price
Social Entrepreneurship: An Introduction [BUS-X822] 17 Jan 202306 Mar 2023 3 $995
17 Jan 202306 Mar 2023
3
$995
Online Fixed-Date
Megan Pontes

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.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs [BUS-X823] 07 Mar 202324 Apr 2023 3 $995
07 Mar 202324 Apr 2023
3
$995
Online Fixed-Date
Megan Pontes

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.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

The Practice of Social Entrepreneurship [BUS-X824] 16 May 202321 Aug 2023 3 $995
16 May 202321 Aug 2023
3
$995
Online Fixed-Date
Megan Pontes

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.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

$45
$3,030

Learning Method Information

Online Fixed-Date

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:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

Discounts

25% Off One or More Courses

Enroll today and save 25% at checkout on one or more of USD’s Social Entrepreneurship in Action Certificate courses.

What You Will Learn

Students who complete the Social Entrepreneurship in Action Certificate can expect the following outcomes:

Who Should Attend

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:

Benefits

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.

Instructors

Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

Careers Outlook

Employment opportunities in the business and finance field are expected to grow by over 750,000 new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, employers are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented and educated business professionals.

This makes furthering your education and diversifying your business skillset all the more important. With expertise in a wide variety of business concepts, you will not only be well suited for many job roles, you will also be in demand by the employer of your choosing.

Industry Insights

8 %

Job growth

$78800

Average business manager salary


Career Opportunities

Project Manager
Social Media Coordinator
Data Analyst

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the continuing education courses transferable to a Master degree program?

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.

Can the Division of Professional and Continuing Education help in the process of issuing the Student Int’l Visa (F1)?

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.

If you are interested in pursuing a degree program with the University of San Diego, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions can issue a Form I-20 to international students who have been accepted to degree program at the University. The application procedures, deadlines, and the Admissions Office contact information can be found on USD’s Undergraduate Admissions page.

What are the options regarding housing for the students that are coming from outside San Diego?

On-campus housing is subject to availability, for information please contact Residential Life at housing@sandiego.edu

USD is located 5 minutes from Hotel Circle which offers a variety of hotels/motels with varying price points to fit different budgets. There are also apartment options close to campus; for information about these options, please click here.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate?

You have five years to complete the certificate.

What if I can’t complete a course?

An Incomplete (INC) grade is available in some circumstances. The instructor makes the final determination of acceptance of assigning an incomplete grade based on the level of work already completed and the amount of assignments remaining. (Policies)

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)

Is there an application or admission requirement?

No application is required. Unless otherwise listed within the program specific information, there are no admissions requirements.

Can I expect to receive an enrollment confirmation?

Yes, you will receive an email detailing the courses and their dates, times, and location, as well as directions to the classroom and other necessary information.

How much are courses?

Check the course section for current tuition fees.

Do you offer discounts?

No, unless otherwise noted.

How can I pay for the courses?

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.

What if I have to drop a 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.

Can I transfer in courses to certificate programs from other colleges and universities?

Only University of San Diego courses count towards receiving the certificate from USD.

What if I can’t get into a course because it is full?

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.

What are your registration/refund policies?

Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies.

What associations or organization would you recommend me to join?

Please contact your Program Coordinator for a list of associations related to the program you are taking.

Do you offer job placement services?

No.

When do I become an alumni of a Program? Once I become part of a program, do I get any discount on courses?

Alumni are students who have successfully completed all the requirements of a certificate program. Find out more here.

Why USD?

PCE nurtures key partnerships on the local, national and international level to better serve working professionals who seek to enhance or build their careers, as well as with their employers to help achieve their highest value and potential. Contact us today to learn more.

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