Make a Difference in the World with Social Entrepreneurship

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Social entrepreneurship is a rapidly developing and evolving field in which nonprofit and business leaders design, grow, and lead mission-driven enterprises.  This certificate takes a global perspective, including organizations and speakers from San Diego, around the U.S., and internationally.  It is designed to be interactive and engage students through readings, videos, class discussions, case studies and applied projects.  The program targets students who want to explore social enterprise start-ups or encourage innovation in their existing organizations, as well as those who are just curious about the field and want to learn about social entrepreneurship and explore career opportunities.

Globalization and rapidly increasing communication make us painfully aware of the intractable problems facing humanity and our planet today.  Thankfully, there are a growing number of talented, ambitious, and courageous individuals known as social entrepreneurs, along with organizations known as social enterprises, that are creating initiatives that attempt to mitigate some of these problems on a scale--and with far more ambition--than ever seen before.  These individuals and organizations are replacing traditional models which target incremental improvement with efforts seeking urgent, systemic change.  Their efforts are being pursued globally in what has come to be known as Social Entrepreneurship.

In this certificate program, 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.

A "fourth sector" has developed, which is blurring the traditional boundaries among nonprofit enterprises, government, and business.  It is critical that participants understand the opportunities and challenges in this new landscape.  Accordingly, this certificate considers the full spectrum of social business models, including strictly nonprofit organizations, enterprises developing revenue-generating products or services for a social goal, and socially responsible for-profit companies.  This certificate will expose participants to:  theories of entrepreneurship, models of social change, management skills and the leadership required for successful socially entrepreneurial organizations.  Courses also cover the scaling of social impact, various potential legal structures, forms of financing, tools used to implement the creation of a social enterprise and impact measurement for social mission organizations.

The Social Entrepreneurship in Action Certificate is offered by the USD Kroc School of Peace Studies and facilitated by the Division of Professional and Continuing Education and 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.

Who Should Attend

This certificate program is for those that are interested in entrepreneurship careers that 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

The courses in this certificate program receive graduate level extension credits from the University of San Diego.  These credits are designed for professional growth and salary advancement (if applicable) and are currently not accepted toward a degree program at the University of San Diego, with the exception of the Masters in Social Innovation Program. For those who are interested in advancing into social innovation roles in the future, it is important to note that successful completion of this Social Entrepreneurship in Action Certificate with a grade of B or better in each course can enable you to waive 6 units of prerequisites in the University of San Diego's Master of Arts in Social Innovation.

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.

Schedule and Fees

Course Schedule and Enrollment Links
All Courses Required for Certificate (9 Units)
Duration SU22
Cohort
(001)
FA22
Cohort
(002)
SP23
Cohort
(003)
Fees*
BUS-X822, Social Entrepreneurship: An Introduction
(3 units)

7 weeks

OFD (asynchronous)

May 17 - Jul 5, 2022

OFD (asynchronous)

Aug 30 - Oct 17, 2022

OFD (asynchronous)

Jan 17 - Mar 6, 2023

$TBD

BUS-X823, Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Social Entrepreneurship
(3 units)

7 weeks

OFD (with synchronous meetings
via Zoom and
asynchronous
assignments)

Jul 5 - Aug 22 , 2022

OFD (with synchronous meetings
via Zoom and
asynchronous
assignments)

Oct 18 - Dec 5, 2022

OFD (with synchronous meetings
via Zoom and
asynchronous
assignments)

Mar 7 - Apr 24, 2023

$TBD

BUS-X824, The Practice of Social Entrepreneurship
(3 units)

14 weeks

OFD (with synchronous meetings
via Zoom and
asynchronous
assignments)

Aug 30 - Dec 5, 2022

OFD (with synchronous meetings
via Zoom and
asynchronous
assignments)

Jan 17 - Mar 27, 2023

OFD (with synchronous meetings
via Zoom and
asynchronous
assignments)

May 16 - Aug 21, 2023

$TBD

One Time Certificate Fee is required, payable at first course enrollment $45
Total Certificate Cost (3 courses) $TBD
C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date; OSP = Online Self-Paced; IS = Independent Study Self-Paced  *Schedule and fees subject to change
*Schedule and Fees are subject to change.

Scholarship Information

Click here for more information on scholarships available for the next term. Any questions about the scholarship program can be directed to Dr. Frances Lavincount at flavincount@sandiego.edu.

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If you have any questions about certificate enrollment or curriculum, please complete the inquiry form below and you will be contacted.

Looking for More?

Successfully complete this certificate program with a "B" or better in each course, and continue on to one of three Joan P. Kroc School of Peace Studies' graduate degree programs.  With acceptance, up to 6 units from the certificate program can be applied to the master's degree requirements for either MA in Social Innovation (MASI), MA in Peace and Justice (MAPJ), or MS in Conflict Management and Resolution (MS-CMR), saving you time and money.  Students must meet all Kroc School of Peace Studies admissions requirements.

 

Program Details

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Social Entrepreneurship in Action. The certificate can be completed in less than 9 months. Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

  • Complete 3 required courses, BUS-X822, BUS-X823 and BUS-X824 (total of 9 units)

Enroll in this certificate program, by registering for the first course, BUS-X822.  The certificate fee is added to this first course. This is a cohort-based program where you will take each course after the other, in order.  Earn graduate level extension credit in semester hours.

  • Define social entrepreneurship and distinguish its elements from across a continuum of organizational structures from traditional nonprofits to social enterprises to traditional for-profits
  • Describe the key concepts, frameworks, theories and models of social entrepreneurship
  • Describe the key management skills and leadership concepts needed to develop a sustainable and scalable social enterprise
  • Identify problems/opportunities in the context of a system and gain skills and knowledge to define and design solutions that drive measurable social impact
  • Analyze and evaluate microfinance, a systems-changing example of social entrepreneurship
  • Compare the most appropriate funding options for social change ventures within particular contexts
  • Apply the various tools typically used in creating and operationalizing a new social enterprise
  • Gain awareness of your purpose--your personal passions, motivations, and aspirations as a changemaker

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