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The Business of Social Innovation online certificate

A new, one-of-a-kind online professional and academic certificate delivering applied skills in social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and design thinking for students and professionals. Join us in our pilot year!

Join an intergenerational, global cohort of changemakers using new tools and approaches to tackle
the world’s most challenging social and environmental problems. In less than a year, you will emerge with a set of skills designed to enable you to launch, lead, or manage a high-impact social change initiative. Online lectures and content enable you to take the courses from anywhere, while peer mentoring and personalized instructor feedback provide deep engagement. The Business of Social Innovation is a flexible, experiential, and transformative certificate open to undergraduates, graduates, and professionals of all ages and locations united by the same passion for positive change.

Registration is now open for the Social Enterprise Field Study Practicum. 

To register for Portland | September 2-14, 2014
Community members register here
PSU students register on Banweb:
Undergraduates: register for MGMT 409: Social Innovation Practicum, CRN 81912
Graduates: register for MGMT 509: Social Innovation Practicum, CRN 81911    

To register for SIEM REAP and PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA | December 11-23, 2014
Make an account on the MyEdAbroad page
Once you sign in, go to the "Applications" link on the left hand navigation bar
Choose SBA Cambodia: Fall 2014 by clicking on "Apply" 
Once you are in to the application, you will have to choose the program again in the dropdown menu. Please make sure to do so. (Directly under the reference form)


COURSES (click for information on each course)




  • Focus on a social issue and venture of your choice
  • Interaction with leading social entrepreneurs
  • Personal and organizational leadership
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Lean entrepreneurship and the Business Model Canvas
  • Impact measurement and reporting
  • Approachable and useful financial tools
  • Hands-on, real-world learning

Who Should Attend

  • Undergraduate and graduate students at PSU
  • Entrepreneurs aspiring to launch a new social venture
  • Social enteprise managers and employees seeking to expand their skillset
  • Mid-career professionals looking to transition into social entrepreneurship 
  • Late-career professionals who want to create real impact in their encore career


  • Non-credit: $895/course (not including travel costs for optional international practicum)
  • For-credit: based on university tuition and fees

Additional Info

  • Academic certificate available to students in the Oregon University System
  • Those taking courses not-for-credit will receive Contuining Education Units instead
  • Not-for-credit course length: 8-week courses with optional 2-week individualized intensive coursework, except Storytelling and Impact Measurement which is an accelerated 5-week course
  • For-credit course length: 10-week courses, except Storytelling and Impact Measurement which is an accelerated 5-week course 

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