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New Grad Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship seeks Agents of Change

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The University of North Dakota has announced a new graduate certificate program in Social Entrepreneurship, and The Graduate School is now accepting applications.

So, what is it?

Social Entrepreneurship is a rapidly evolving field. It can be generally described as the use of entrepreneurial principles to address existing social problems. The entrepreneur is a creative person dedicated to a social cause, creating and managing ventures and social enterprises.

New graduate certificate uses entrepreneurial principles to address social problems

The certificate program evolved out of a cross-disciplinary partnership at UND. Students are provided the diverse academic background needed to succeed as a social entrepreneur.

Dr Jason Jensen, MPA Program Director said, “Students are often very socially conscious and are looking for academic offerings that allow them to pursue this interest. Focusing on social entrepreneurship allows us to match a student’s interests with societal needs. We want tomorrow’s leaders to think about if they want to just live in the world or whether they want to change it for the better.”

The program provides a regionally-unique educational opportunity to students at all points in their career paths. The student body has diverse backgrounds, since solutions to social and community problems can come from creative-minded people from a ariety of fields.

The courses are designed to complement each other with minimal overlap or repetition. They are ‘non-linear’ so students may begin in any semester. The certificate is made up of four courses – one offered each semester – in the evenings, to accommodate working professionals. The courses are offered both online and on campus in a hybrid format. They include Creation and Management of Social Enterprises; Political Advocacy and Social Entrepreneurship; Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship; and Sociology of Social Entrepreneurship.

If you would like to learn more, you can download the Social Entrepreneurship fact sheet or visit My GradSpace to apply. The deadline for Spring admission is December 1st!

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November 4, 2011 at 8:22 am

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