Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Are you a social entrepreneur or aspiring to become one? Will a social innovation move the needle on a problem or challenge you're passionate about? Increase your value as a nonprofit leader and learn to address community issues in this hands-on master's degree concentration in Social Enterprise, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship designed to help you drive mission impact. In this program, you'll gain the practical strategies and tools needed to take a social enterprise idea through to launch — plus all the steps in-between: funding, prototyping, scaling, marketing, measurement, and more.
This program follows the graduate guidelines of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).
At a Glance
University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.
Skills You'll Learn
Determine the strengths and challenges in developing a successful and impactful social enterprise
Cultivate innovation, design thinking, and other processes to examine an idea’s social value and market possibilities
Apply social innovation frameworks and tools to test a social enterprise’s business and financial structure
Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership with a concentration in Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses).
All students are required to complete a zero-credit Student Success Course.
Elective courses may be chosen from among non core and concentration courses in the Nonprofit Leadership program, and you may also select courses in other University College graduate programs.
Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals.
Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master's degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.
Interested in a graduate certificate?
Explore our four and six course graduate certificates in Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Take a Course Before You Apply
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.
Predicted outcomes for graduates of Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, 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.
Social and Community Service Managers Salary: National Average
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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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Accreditation & Associations
University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.
The University of Denver's Nonprofit Leadership program through University College is proud to be a sponsor of the Colorado Nonprofit Association, a valued community partnership for more than a decade.
The Nonprofit Leadership program at DU's University College is a proud member of several leading nonprofit associations, including the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).