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Social Entrepreneurship Concentration

This concentration promotes advanced scholarship that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students combine required coursework in social entrepreneurship, management, public policy, public and international affairs, and leadership with courses aimed at individual student’s areas of specialization and hands on learning activities. Through this powerful blend of academic courses and experiential learning opportunities (i.e., the practical and the theoretical), students will graduate with the knowledge of leading edge concepts and research-based approaches, as well as the field experience necessary to succeed as social innovators.

Students earning an MAIS with a concentration in social entrepreneurship will learn about the roles that technology, public policy, market based approaches, research, leadership, strategy, and communication play in implementing solutions to urgent challenges around the globe. Whether they work in government, industry, or the citizen (non-profit) sector, these future leaders will be exposed to cutting edge knowledge related to sustainability, ethical leadership, strategic management, and working effectively within complex networks made up of divergent groups of stakeholders. Further, students will be equipped with the experience, strategic knowledge, technical support, and the social networks needed to create, operate, develop and accelerate startups, bring ideas to scale, and improve program effectiveness.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 36

This is a Green Leaf program.

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 36 credits of graduate coursework in one of the concentrations which follow. Students must submit a curriculum worksheet that has been approved by their concentration head and the director. All students complete their work in the program with a project or thesis.

Concentration in Social Entrepreneurship (SOCE)

The concentration in social entrepreneurship will equip students with the subject matter expertise, strategic knowledge, technical support, and social networks needed to create, operate, develop, and accelerate startups; bring ideas to scale; and improve an existing program's effectiveness. These future leaders will learn about sustainability, ethical leadership, strategic management, and working effectively within complex networks made up of divergent groups of stakeholders. All students will complete a capstone research project and an experiential learning requirement that deliver practical knowledge and real-world experience. This degree is suitable for students seeking careers in government, business, or the non-profit sector.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses

Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership  
Three credits of 3
Experiential Learning 1  
Three credits of 3
INTS 535
Leadership in a Changing Environment  
Business  
Select one course from the following: 3
GBUS 540
Analysis of Financial Decisions  
GBUS 697
Special Topics in Graduate School of Business 2  
MBA 711
Entrepreneurship  
Total Credits 9
1

When topic is Foundations of Social Innovation.

2

When topic is Introduction to Entrepreneurship.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Competencies in Social Entrepreneurship (9-12 credits)

Students take three or four courses from the list of competencies below to complement the skills they have already acquired through formal education and professional experience, or other courses to enhance their skills, including oral and written communication and research methods, that are chosen in consultation with an advisor. Students choosing the thesis option for their capstone take 9 credits including a research methods course. Students choosing the project option for their capstone take 12 credits total, with a research methods course being optional.

Environmental and Public Policy
EVPP 638
Corporate Environmental Management and Policy  
PUBP 761
Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy  
PUBP 784
Entrepreneurship, Economics, and Public Policy  
Finance and Accounting
GBUS 540
Analysis of Financial Decisions  
PUAD 655
Nonprofit Fund Raising and Resource Development  
PUAD 664
Nonprofit Financial Management  
Business and Project Management
GBUS 697
Special Topics in Graduate School of Business 1  
or MBA 711
Entrepreneurship
MBA 712
Project Management  
MBA 714
Managing Growth of Small Businesses  
MBA 752
Turning Ideas into Successful Companies  
PUAD 505
Introduction to Management of Nonprofits  
PUAD 658
Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise  
PUAD 659
Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics  
1

 When topic is Introduction to Entrepreneurship.

Leadership and Well-Being
Experiential Learning 1  
Experiential Learning 2  
1

When topic is Mindfulness and Leadership.

2

When the topic is Leadership and Positive Organizations.

Research Methods
Interdisciplinary Research Methods 1  
1

 or appropriate alternative chosen in consultation with the concentration head.

Subject Matter Expertise

Students must develop expertise in the social problem they seek to address through entrepreneurship. Possible areas of focus include global and/or local poverty, homelessness, human trafficking, conflict resolution, women's rights, racial inequality, educational and health-care access, climate change, environmental sustainability, and human rights, among other possible topics. The experiential learning requirement should be met through an opportunity that advances the student's understanding of their subject matter expertise.

Students take:

INTS 540 Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights 1 3
6 credits of courses related to the student's chosen subject matter area of expertise, chosen in consultation with the concentration head. 6
Experiential learning 3
Experiential Learning 2  
or other relevant experiential learning course chosen in consultation with the concentration head.
 
Total Credits 12
1

or other social justice and human rights course chosen in consultation with the concentration head. 

2

Students will seek out and/or create an opportunity for experiential learning that aligns with a social mission. Experiential learning opportunities can include internships, service-learning, consulting projects, and field studies or research (including overseas). Because the intention is to develop and apply newly acquired skills, students may not use work done previously or their current employment to fulfill this requirement. All experiential learning projects must be approved by the social entrepreneurship concentration head the semester before registering for the course. Students may register for an individualized section of INTS 595 Experiential Learning or another graduate-level internship or practicum course to fulfill this requirement. Students must complete the experiential learning component before registering for MAIS 798 Interdisciplinary Studies Project or MAIS 799 Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis.

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Select one from the following: 4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 4
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