Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development (Graduate Certificate)

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Working in an innovative community organization? Looking to develop new avenues for social change or community development? Whether added to your ASU master's degree program or taken alone, this certificate program orients you to exciting developments in social entrepreneurship.

The social entrepreneurship and community development graduate certificate program provides a framework for harnessing entrepreneurial and enterprise opportunities and creating transformative responses to challenges prevalent in communities and society. The program combines social entrepreneurship with community and social innovation, providing a basis for exploring capacity building and fostering positive change for organizations, communities and societies.

The certificate is designed for students studying nonprofit leadership and management, social entrepreneurship, public policy, innovation and related fields across disciplines.

At A Glance

Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development (Graduate Certificate)

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level program.

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Application deadlines

For fall semester - February 1
For spring semester - October 1

Applications are accepted after these dates up until one week before the semester start date with a late fee.

Degree requirements

Required Core (6 credit hours)
NLM 562 Social Entrepreneurship (3)
NLM 572 Community and Social Innovations (3)

Electives (9 credit hours)

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

International applicants are also required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores and a financial guarantee statement.

What are ASU's Online Programs?

ASU Online offers programs like Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development (Graduate Certificate) in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.

More information on the program is available directly from ASU Online.