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Master’s Concentration

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).

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
June 17

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree
Tuition
$38,688

Format
Evening or Online

Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Duration
As few as 18 months

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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

Curriculum

Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership with a concentration in Social Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses).

5

Core Courses

4

Concentration
Courses

3

Elective Courses

Core Courses

Learn the scope of activity, historical development, and future direction of the industry. These courses provide a foundation that you'll draw on throughout your concentration and elective courses. The capstone serves as the culminating academic experience in which you'll explore a problem of practice in your field of study.

NFP 4010 Leading Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations
NFP 4015 Healthy Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations
NFP 4020 Legacy and Trends of Nonprofit Organizations and Civil Society
NFP 4905 Graduate Social Research Methods
NFP 4901 Capstone Project
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NFP 4920 Portfolio Capstone
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

NFP 4115 Leading Nonprofit Financial Health
NFP 4400 Principles and Practices in Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
NFP 4405 Social Enterprise Strategies
NFP 4410 Social Enterprise Experiential Learning
Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Nonprofit Leadership program include:

ORL 4115 Organizational Culture and Organizational Development Impacts
COMM 4144 Strategic Public Relations
MALS 4284 Arts and Culture Entrepreneurship
COMM 4320 Social Media Strategy
ORL 4400 Leading Strategic Planning in Organizations
ORL 4530 Leading a Culture of Organizational Innovation

Elective courses may be chosen from among non-core and concentration courses in the academic 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.

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Sample Schedule

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.

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Interested in a graduate certificate?

Explore our four and six course graduate certificates in Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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Career Outcomes

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.

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

$64,100

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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These times are tumultuous, yet nonprofit organizations still need to move forward to make the world a better place. How are we navigating our organizations and fundraising programs through this time of uncertainty? Let’s come together and discuss how we all can survive and even thrive in these times. In this session, seasoned nonprofit professionals who are Nonprofit Leadership faculty, will address the challenges of creating a fundraising strategy in the age of COVID-19 and practical tips to make your fundraising program work in times of crisis.

Flexible Online Classes

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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


Higher Learning Commission

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.


Nonprofit Academic Centers Council
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).
 

 

 


Colorado Nonprofit Association
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.

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