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Social Entrepreneurship

Why Social Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurs need to understand the social, cultural, and environmental issues surrounding entrepreneurship to thrive as business owners. As part of the Rutgers Stackable Business Innovation Program (rSBI), the Social Entrepreneurship Concentration is offered as a joint concentration of the Department of Management and Global Business (MGB) and the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA).  Its credits are potentially transferrable to the following Master's programs: Master of Public Administration (MPA), MBA

Concentration Description

Social entrepreneurship is an emerging field that crosses public and private boundaries. This joint RBS/SPAA Certificate describes the fundamental background of the world’s most intractable social and ecological problems. This certificate prepares the leaders of today and tomorrow to start for-profit or nonprofit enterprises to develop, fund, and implement solutions to a wide range of social, cultural, or environmental issues, and to lead broader social changes in areas such as poverty alleviation, health care, and community development. Students will learn the basics of entrepreneurship from both a theoretical and practical perspective and in the context of both for-profit and nonprofit enterprises.


You can take the course listed below as individual classes or as stackable courses toward the completion of a concentration.

Intergovernmental and Intersectoral Management

U.S. federalism is the constitutional division of powers between federal and state governments. The course addresses intergovernmental relations (the interaction among federal, state, and more than 80,000 state-created county, municipal, and special district governments), and intersectoral collaboration (bringing partners together from different sectors to work collectively on a common issue). Through the “hollowing out” of the state, public services are increasingly provided by private and nonprofit organizations through grants and contracts. This complex intersectoral network is characterized by cooperation and conflict in managing the delivery of public services such as education, public safety and health care. Students will understand the unique roles of federal, state and local governments, and how to manage the provision of public goods and services by private for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

  • Course Number: 20:834:505
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person, online
  • Offered By: MPA
  • Relevant Programs: Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Sample Relevant Careers: Program Manager, Development Officer,Community Development Manager, Nonprofit Administrator, Public Relation Specialist

Grant Writing and Grants Management

Students will learn how to seek, solicit, and manage grant awards from foundation and government sources to support public and nonprofit programs and projects. The course focuses on the strategies and process of writing effective grant proposals. Students are guided through the development of a grant proposal and will explore topics that include: searching for funding sources, writing compelling need statements, establishing goals for funding, developing SMART objectives for evaluation, and creating budget documents to support grant applications. Students complete multiple written assignments that culminate in a final grant proposal document.

  • Course Number: 20:834:575
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person, online
  • Offered By: Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Relevant Programs: Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Sample Relevant Careers: Grants Manager, Development Officer, Financial Manager, Fundraising Specialist

Introduction to Corporate Social Innovation

This course helps prepare leaders of today and tomorrow to create profitable and sustainable business opportunities in a world undergoing massive and transformational change. The course provides an overview of "mission driven" and responsibility-centered business practices. Using case studies, guest speakers, group projects and course readings, students will gain broad understanding of the many ways they can pursue positive, innovative and sustainable change, while developing the skills, knowledge and practices for building innovative organizations that contribute to solving complex social, ecological, and economic problems.

  • Course Number: 22:620:590
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person, online
  • Offered by: MBA
  • Relevant Programs: MBA
  • Sample Relevant Careers: Sustainability Manager, Social Impact Manager, Innovation Manager, Partnerships Manager, Employee Communications Lead, Global Sustainability Analyst, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Corporate Affairs Manager, Programs Manager, Culture and Community Coordinator

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

In a world where social issues and environmental problems are increasing, society needs skilled problem-solvers who can leverage the tools of entrepreneurship and the resources of business and philanthropy to address these challenges.  In this course, students will learn about entrepreneurial approaches to addressing society’s grand challenges.  These approaches can be used to create new ventures (social entrepreneurship) or within existing organizations (intrapreneurship) to discover opportunities and direct resources to make positive social impact.  The new social ventures and business initiatives that result harness social innovation for the greater good.  This course uses case studies, guest speakers, and a team project to help the key concepts come to life.

  • Course Number: 22:620:674
  • Credits: 3
  • Delivery Mode: In-person, online
  • Offered by: MBA
  • Relevant Programs: MBA
  • Sample Relevant Careers: Social Innovation Team Lead, Community and Social Innovation Manager, Social Entrepreneur/Founder, Nonprofit Relations Manager, Entrepreneurship Manager, Social Impact Manager, Business Development Specialist, Corporate Philanthropy Manager, Community Development Manager, Non-Profit Administrator, Grants Project Manager, Strategic Partnerships Manager


The concentration and courses are offered by the Management & Global Business Department

Sample Relevant Careers: Nonprofit Manager, Social Impact Manager, Innovation Manager, Programs Manager, Culture and Community Coordinator

How to Apply

Learn about the admissions process and requirements to apply.

Rutgers Stackable Business Innovation (rSBI)

The future of education is changing. The Rutgers Stackable Business Innovation (rSBI) program allows you to design your own cutting-edge curriculum to earn a standalone certificate or take courses that be transferred towards completing a Master’s degree. Working professionals can enhance their knowledge and upskill by taking relevant courses. If you are a student considering a Master’s degree, rSBI is a perfect way to test the waters in a particular discipline before committing to a full degree program. Employers can invest in the professional development of their employees and choose the courses that address business needs.

Concentrations & Courses

rSBI Management and Global Business Concentration courses are synchronous classes taken during the course of the semester. Note that not all courses are offered every semester.

rSBI Concentrations

View more of the available concentrations. Each academic department manages its own concentrations in the rSBI program.