Social Entrepreneurship Certificate

The graduate certificate in social entrepreneurship is designed for individuals interested in learning about and practicing social entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation for addressing complex cultural, societal, health, informational or environmental challenges. Social entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and innovators attempt to create a better society while also ensuring the financial viability of their efforts. This interdisciplinary certificate prepares students with appropriate perspectives and skills to design ventures that innovatively address the mentioned challenges.

KSU Social Entrepreneurship Certificate students in the classroom

Program Snapshot

Required Courses: 9 Credit Hours

Number of Credit Hours: 12

Entry Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall, July 1st
  • Spring, November 1st
  • Summer, April 1st

Admission Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application – There is a non-refundable $60 application processing fee.
  • Transcripts – Official transcripts from EACH college and/or university you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically to the Graduate College (
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) - Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, or a graduate transcript with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Letter of Intent (uploaded through the online application portal): An application letter that states the applicant’s interest in the Certificate.

Program of Study

Required Courses: 9 Credit Hours

SW 7931 Social Entrepreneurship (new course)

MGT 7530 New Venture Creation and Growth

MGT 7545 Launching New Ventures

Elective--3 credit hours

Select one of the following electives: (3 Credit Hours)

Certificate students must take three credits hours from one of the sub-disciplines listed below. Students must meet all prerequisites for elective courses. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor and or program coordinator on selecting an elective course that best suits their goals or interest.

  • COM 6900: Digital and Social Media Content Strategy
  • COM 7350: Principles of Strategic Communication CS 6070: Database Systems
  • CS 7265: Big Data Analytics
  • ECON 7010: Resource Allocation and Decision Analysis
  • HMI 7510: Introduction to Healthcare Management and Informatics *
  • IS 7080: Database Application Design and Implementation
  • MSCM 7321: Cultural Aspects of Conflict Resolution
  • MSCM 7501: Facilitation Skills Clinic
  • PRWR 6225: Grant and Proposal Writing.
  • STAT 7100: Statistical Methods
  • SW 7703: Social Work Practice II
  • SYE 6005: Introduction to Systems Engineering

*Premium Priced Course.


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