Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Ready to innovate? Learn to solve real issues and drive mission impact in the hands-on Social Enterprise, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship certificate, which takes you through the process of launching an idea as a social enterprise. From funding to prototyping, marketing to measuring, learn to address key social issues within your community by leveraging innovation and entrepreneurship. You'll develop the theoretical and practical skills you need to make an impact.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
April 1
Evening or Online
Term Length
10 Weeks
6 Course Certificate
As few as 12 months
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Skills You'll Learn

Ideate, test, and implement business approaches that can bring about change in the world

Use critical business analysis to evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability of social ventures

Cultivate innovative and design thinking to find groundbreaking solutions to social issues


Certificate of Advanced Study in Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses)

Concentration Courses
Elective Courses

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Nonprofit Leadership program. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Please note the advanced graduate certificate in Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship does not yet qualify for federal financial aid. For more information, please contact Sarita Field, Enrollment Manager, at Sarita.field@du.edu or at 303-871-7457.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program, please visit our website at http://www.du.edu/learn/certificates/disclosure/nfp.html

Sample Schedule

Finish a graduate certificate in as few as six months or take up to a year. Choose your time to completion to get a better sense of what your schedule will look like during your certificate program. Note this sample schedule is for the six-course Certificate of Advanced Study.

Time to Completion
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We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies (2016), nonprofits are creating jobs three times faster than for-profits and is the third largest industry in the U.S.

The nonprofit industry is a diverse industry with employers based in large cities to rural areas. Nonprofit professionals can seek employment in healthcare, education, social services, arts and culture, and more.

Job Titles

Chief Innovator
Corporate Social Responsibility Director
Senior Data Analyst
Social Enterprise Consultant
Social Innovation Program Manager
Social Venture Advisor

Social and Community Service Managers Salary: National Average

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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