College of Humanities and Social Sciences


This concentration promotes advanced scholarship that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students combine required coursework in social entrepreneurship, management, public policy, public and international affairs, and leadership with courses aimed at individual student’s areas of specialization and hands on learning activities. Through this powerful blend of academic courses and experiential learning opportunities (i.e., the practical and the theoretical), students will graduate with the knowledge of leading edge concepts and research-based approaches, as well as the field experience necessary to succeed as social innovators.

Students earning an MAIS with a concentration in social entrepreneurship will learn about the roles that technology, public policy, market based approaches, research, leadership, strategy, and communication play in implementing solutions to urgent challenges around the globe. Whether they work in government, industry, or the citizen (non-profit) sector, these future leaders will be exposed to cutting edge knowledge related to sustainability, ethical leadership, strategic management, and working effectively within complex networks made up of divergent groups of stakeholders. Further, students will be equipped with the experience, strategic knowledge, technical support, and the social networks needed to create, operate, develop and accelerate startups, bring ideas to scale, and improve program effectiveness.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2014-2015)

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar Credits: 1

Three core courses in social entrepreneurship and leadership (9 credits)

NCLC 595 - Experiential Learning Credits: 1-3 (take 3 credits when topic is Foundations of Social Innovation)
NCLC 595 - Experiential Learning Credits: 1-3 (take 3 credits when topic is Leading Social Change)
PUAD 658 - Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Enterprise Credits: 3 or PUBP 761 - Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy Credits: 3

Three courses (9 credits) in interdisciplinary perspectives on social entrepreneurship

Students take one course from each area below.

Public Policy

PUBP 761 - Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy Credits: 3 (if not taken as a core course)
ITRN 769 - International Entrepreneurship Credits: 3
PUBP 781 - Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Credits: 3
PUBP 784 - Entrepreneurship, Economics, and Public Policy Credits: 3


MBA 674 - Ethical and Social Environment of Business in the 21st Century Credits: 1.5
MBA 711 - Entrepreneurship Credits: 3
MBA 714 - Managing Growth of Small Businesses Credits: 3
MBA 719 - Entrepreneurship Laboratory Credits: 1.5
MBA 752 - Turning Ideas into Successful Companies Credits: 3

Public Administration

PUAD 505 - Introduction to Management of Nonprofits Credits: 3
PUAD 654 - The Community, Marketing, and Public Relations Credits: 3
PUAD 655 - Philanthropy and Fund Raising Credits: 3
PUAD 658 - Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Enterprise Credits: 3
PUAD 659 - Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics Credits: 3

Disciplinary Focus (9 credits)

Students complete 9 credits in one discipline chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. Possible areas include existing courses in health and human services, education, and human development, public and international affairs, engineering, management, conflict and resolution, or public policy.

Internship (3 credits)

Students must complete an internship before registering for MAIS 798 or MAIS 799.

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal Credits: 1

Project or thesis (4 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project Credits: 1-5 (take 4 credits) or MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Credits: 1-5 (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 Credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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