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Social entrepreneurship brings transformative change and conscientiousness to business in fields such as production, finance, human resources and services. Salve Regina University’s graduate certificate in social entrepreneurship explores an organization’s responsibility to utilize innovative ideas to promote social good in addition to being profitable.

Promote Social Responsibility in Your Organization

Offered entirely online, our certificate program teaches students how to establish, fund and manage successful benefit corporations, certified B corporations and for-profit or nonprofit business ventures. Students learn to be change-makers and social innovation agents while creating their own enterprise or working to increase principled awareness in their organization. Our graduate certificate is aligned with Salve Regina’s mercy mission, which expounds responsibility for people, society, community and the environment.

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$2,010 per course

Course Requirements

Salve Regina’s graduate certificate in social entrepreneurship is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree and are looking for continued professional or personal development. Students in good academic standing who would like to continue their studies may apply to the MBA or M.S. in innovation and strategic management program and carry the credits forward.

Required courses:

  • MGT524: Entrepreneurial Enterprises
  • MGT525: Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
  • MGT554: Business Foresight and Futuring

Students also choose one of the following:

  • MGT530: Building Value Through Marketing
  • MGT551: Fundraising and Marketing for Nonprofits
  • MGT567: Creative Problem Solving
  • MGT569: Managerial Decision-Making

This course provides the knowledge and skills to lead an entrepreneurial unit within an organization or when developing a new venture. Topics include identifying market opportunities, research and feasibility studies, strategic business planning, operations, sustainability, funding alternatives, marketing strategies and budgeting.

Social entrepreneurship and social enterprise are business models that utilize innovative ideas and the marketplace to help solve difficult social problems. Students in this course learn how to employ either a for-profit or nonprofit market-based solution. Students gain skills to identify, analyze, implement and assess potential enterprises that create and sustain social value while focusing on the needs of the intended target market.

Students examine the tools and techniques of marketing management and gain decision-making skills needed to recognize and solve marketing problems in both for-profit and nonprofit businesses. Students explore concepts including product positioning, development and policy, as well as pricing, distribution, effective communication, audience targeting, social media marketing and sales management methods.

This course explores grant writing, fundraising campaigns, giving, major gifts, resource development, philanthropy and the marketing of products and services. Uses of social media, telethons, importance of annual funds, donor outreach, networking and locating potential funding sources (such as local and national organizations) are also discussed.

This course explores the concept of strategic foresight (futures studies, futuring) and its specific application to the business world. Students explore strategic foresight as a field, including its origins and place in current business thinking. Basic terminology, concepts and theories are discussed. Common futures methods are described and practiced. Students learn how businesses and other organizations systematically explore the future and what major trends and emerging issues are impacting their world.

This course explores the theoretical and practical applications of creatively solving problems in a wide range of organizational settings, including health care, law enforcement, manufacturing and education. Students work collaboratively and cooperatively to learn the connections between innovation, creativity, visualization, memory, thinking, overcoming mental barriers, problem definition, idea generation, idea evaluation, solution implementation and improved communication.

This course prepares students to make data-informed decisions using research methods, research reports, analysis of financial statements and assessment measures. Students learn to develop and analyze strategic plans and budgets based on organizational competencies and direction. Methods of raising capital and a variety of fundraising methods are also discussed.

Our Faculty

Our faculty combine hands-on experience with current theoretical knowledge to create rich academic environments. Faculty also mentor and lend their networking knowledge to graduates seeking to start a new venture.​


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Courses are billed individually at the start of each class. Please note that there is a $60 registration fee per semester.

Tuition Reimbursement


If your employer is paying all or part of your tuition, we will arrange payment directly from your employer where possible.

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Our certificate programs are eligible for federal student loans. To qualify, you must complete two courses per semester.

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Military and


Salve Regina is approved for veterans’ benefits and has been named a Military Friendly School.

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