As global challenges become more complex, organizations are turning toward socially conscious business leaders who can manage the triple bottom line. Professionals who want to create sustainability in their organizations and drive greater business value can gain expertise through the online Social Enterprise Master’s program—which merges business training with a foundation of international service skills.
The Social Enterprise Master’s program from International Relations Online consists of 39 or 42 credit hours, depending on the student’s prior economics background. Students begin the program with a comprehensive self-assessment to help them narrow down their personal and career objectives. With 15 credits of concentration and elective courses offered by both the School of International Service (SIS) and the Kogod School of Business, students can customize a large portion of the program to their specific career goals.
39/42 Total Credits
24 months to complete
While earning the Social Enterprise Master’s, students get to experience a blended curriculum. They will hone their hard business and analytical skills through Kogod MBA courses while developing their understanding of international negotiation, global politics and policy, and social innovation with SIS. Students can also use some of the courses as incubators for entrepreneurial ideas and frameworks.
Learn more about the SE program by reviewing our application requirements, reading our course descriptions, and exploring financial aid options.
The online learning platform combines weekly virtual classes hosted via webcam, interactive, self-paced course work, and collaborative group exercises, which allow for flexibility while receiving a world-class education from SIS, from anywhere in the world. Students can connect, collaborate, network, and learn on the go.
Career Paths in Social Enterprise
This online master’s in social enterprise is designed for passionate, globally conscious professionals in a variety of fields, all of whom share a common goal of using private sector techniques to solve social problems across the world. Students gain the skills to prepare for leadership roles within businesses that are rethinking traditional capitalism or within nonprofits and NGOs that want to become more dynamic and self-sufficient. By exchanging ideas with other professionals who share these priorities, students can bring new ideas to this field while developing valuable professional relationships.
Through the Social Enterprise Master’s program, students can take their careers in a number of directions:
Advance within their current sector.
By learning how to create and use business models to advance a social mission, students can equip themselves for leadership roles that enable them to solve international challenges.
Transition to another sector.
By learning innovative approaches to advocacy and development, students can move from a public- or private-sector career to NGOs or nonprofit organizations.
Begin a career in social enterprise.
Students at the start of their careers gain the multidisciplinary knowledge to pursue a role with a nonprofit or socially conscious business.
Start a socially responsible business.
Aspiring entrepreneurs can acquire the skills in social innovation, project design, and global policy to start a socially responsible business anywhere in the world.