The Catholic University of America

Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship


The solution to today’s urgent social problems -- whether it is to address global health challenges or produce in a world with limited resources -- requires groundbreaking ideas and approaches.  The Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship is designed to help develop innovative and insightful change agents who may choose to run their own ventures or influence the activities of organizations in which they work.  Consistent with Catholic University’s rich tradition, this certificate program will help students create, develop, and sustain innovative ideas that will integrate theory and practice in pursuit of social justice, teaching students how to incorporate entrepreneurial methods in solving social problems.


To earn the Certificate, students must complete seven core courses (21 credits) with a "C" or better. Students who have already completed similar courses at other institutions may apply for transfer credit, but they must complete at least five of the courses at CUA to earn the certificate.


Courses are scheduled on an accelerated basis, enabling students to complete the entire program in as little as one calendar year. Courses typically meet either:

  • One evening per week, 5:30 - 9:45 pm, for a half-semester, OR
  • One evening per week, e.g., 6:10 to 8:40 pm, for a full semester. Courses involving more complex concepts and quantitative courses tend to meet on this schedule.
The four core courses are offered online during the summer. 

Typically, credits earned toward a certificate program may be applied toward CUA's bachelor's degree programs as well.

Gainful Employment Data

The Department of Education requires that schools post Gainful Employment Data for certain types of programs, including this one.  The required information on this program is available here.

Required Courses (Seven courses required)

Course Number Title Description
MSO 384
Principles and Practices of Social Entreprenurship

This course will provide an introduction to principles and practices in social entrepreneurship.  Students will gain an overview of the perspectives and strategies of visionaries who are creating new ways to address intractable social problems.  Students will identify and assess social needs and how they are addressed by entrepreneurs, philanthropists and government.