Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship

In 2006, Indiana University inaugurated the first, formal, university-based Social Entrepreneurship program in Indiana. Offered to graduate students on both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, the Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship: Nonprofit and Public Benefit Organizations is a cooperative program between the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), the Kelley School of Business, and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. The Social Entrepreneurship certificate prepares our part-time MBA students to approach public needs with a combination of entrepreneurial practices and social purposes — through the for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental sectors.


The certificate is designed to fit within a student's existing degree requirements. Students are required to take 18 credit hours, including courses in both programs; half of these credits can be fulfilled by courses students take toward their program's major requirements. Of the remaining nine credit hours, six — three required and three elective — must be taken at the school in which the student is not enrolled. The final three credits will be earned through a new course on social entrepreneurship, V559: Principles and Practices of Social Entrepreneurship. The full course list is provided below. Note: MBA students must complete a "Non-MBA Course Substitution Request" for MBA Office approval before enrolling in any SPEA course.

Students in the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate program are also required to complete a qualified internship with a nonprofit organization, business, or public agency. This internship requirement may also be satisfied by Bus X523 and X524 Enterprise Experience I and II.

View course information for the Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship.

For more information, please contact:

Julie Moore

Julie Moore

(317) 274-4895