The Practice of Social Entrepreneurship

Course Available
3 Units
Online Fixed-Date

Course Description

Put Your Social Entrepreneurship Learning into Practice

The goal of this final course is to provide an experience where students can put lessons learned in preceding courses, BUS-X822 Social Entrepreneurship:  An Introduction and BUS-X823, Social Impact Strategy:  Tools for Entrepreneurs into practice.  It will provide an opportunity for participants to focus and test "real world applications" of the models, tools, and key learning outcomes of the first two courses in an individual project or program they will design.

The course is set up to be a guided independent study for each student to design and implement an individual project of their choice with input and approval from the instructor. Participants will focus individually on developing their projects. They will do weekly check-ins and provide reports on milestones of project development with the instructor and mentors.  There are also several speakers on topics relevant to effective project design who will be recorded for viewing and online discussion.  The experience of the course will enable and empower participants to design a high impact, implementable project incorporating key aspects of social entrepreneurship and social change that align with their passion and purpose.

This course will be grounded in a handbook that will provide guidance in one of two ways.

A) For students in current positions, there will be project guidelines for how they can incorporate the key principles of social entrepreneurship in their organization and design real, workable programs, whether in for-profit, nonprofit or other sectors.

B) For students who do not have full time positions, or want to experience their design process outside of their current work environment, they can do an apprenticeship.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for those that are interested in entrepreneurship careers that can benefit society.  This includes:

  • Early and mid-career professionals, especially those wanting to be intrapreneurs
  • Professionals and leaders in any sector desiring to learn about innovative and effective models for social change
  • Corporate employees seeking to develop dual-value ventures and innovative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives
  • Social business leaders striving to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce
  • Foundation/grant making personnel
  • Nonprofit/NGO practitioners
  • Educators
  • Current or prospective board members
  • Policymakers with an interest in promoting social entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems
  • Funders seeking to become more effective in grant-making and investing

PLEASE NOTE: Due to regulations from the U.S. Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. This restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program.

Course Format:  This course is offered in Online Fixed-Date (asynchronous) and spans a 14-week schedule.  It is asynchronous, meaning that lessons and assignments are presented, with assignments due with deadlines that the instructor has set within the course.  Asynchronous learning allows for greater flexibility around your personal schedule.

Course Materials:  All resources will be available to you within the course.

Technical Requirements


Successful completion of both:
BUS-X822, Social Entrepreneurship: An Introduction
BUS-X823, Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs

Recommended Bachelor's Degree

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
BUS-X824 – 004 05 Sep 202311 Dec 2023 3 $679

The Practice of Social Entrepreneurship

05 Sep 202311 Dec 2023
Online Fixed-Date
Megan Pontes

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 your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Apply tools and models learned in previous courses in the certificate program (BUS-X822 and BUS-X823)
  • Demonstrate ability to develop an implementable project plan with timelines, resource needs and success metrics
  • Apply, test and refine theory of change and key analytical tools for project implementation with prospective users, funders and partners


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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 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.