Social Entrepreneurship Concentration

Engaging with real-world issues while committing to social justice and to caring for human dignity

Catalog Year: 2022-2023


Green Leaf

The MAIS in interdisciplinary studies is for students who seek a master's degree that integrates knowledge from several disciplines. It addresses the rapidly evolving demand for unique graduate study by promoting advanced scholarship that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students can pursue one of the following structured interdisciplinary concentrations and also have the opportunity to design an individualized concentration to meet the special needs of their careers.

The MAIS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Energy and Sustainability is a Green Leaf program

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 36

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 a concentration. 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 696 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses

Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership  
INTS 550 Social Innovation In Action 3
Select one of the following: 3
Leadership in a Changing Environment  
Special Topics (when topic is Leadership and Organizational Problem Solving)  
Select one course from the following: 3
GBUS 540
Analysis of Financial Decisions  
GBUS 697
Special Topics in Graduate School of Business 1  
MBA 711
Total Credits 9

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
Corporate Environmental Management and Policy  
PUAD 540
Public Policy Process  
Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy  
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
MBA 712
Project Management  
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  
Leadership and Well-Being
Experiential Learning 1  
Experiential Learning 2  
Research Methods
Interdisciplinary Research Methods  
Research for Social Change  
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


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


Philosophy, MA and Interdisciplinary Studies, MAIS Dual Degree

Students interested in pursuing a dual master's program linking philosophy and another discipline should discuss their interest with the graduate program directors of both programs and review the university policies regarding Individualized Dual Master's Degree Programs. Students approved to pursue dual master's study linking the MA philosophy degree and the Interdisciplinary Studies, MAIS with a concentration in women and gender studies will complete WMST 630 Feminist Theories across the Disciplines/PHIL 658 Feminist Theory and 3 additional credits of WMST courses approved by the Department of Philosophy to apply to the philosophy degree as elective credit. Six credits of approved PHIL credits will apply to the MAIS degree as elective credit. Application to the second master's program should be pursued with consultation of the directors of both programs. Admission to the second master's program will require that the student has met the minimum prerequisites for admission to the second program. If a student lacks the minimum prerequisites and seeks to be admitted to a second master's program, the director of the second program may identify ways in which the prerequisite can be completed prior to admission.