A popular debate that still exists – whether entrepreneurs are born or made. It is well-accepted that a lot of the characteristics to become an entrepreneur can be learnt. Given with the recent hype towards entrepreneurial sector, many schools around the globe are spearheading with entrepreneurship courses tailored to specific sectors. Social entrepreneurship courses are among the top of the priority list in many of the world’s top ranked universities. Here we have picked up the top 5 universities in the world which are offering social entrepreneurship and related programs –
With its legacy since 1096, The University of Oxford is the oldest educational institution in the world. Oxford’s MBA program at the Said Business School offers three social entrepreneurship electives that cover international social entrepreneurship, innovation and social entrepreneurship, and design and development. The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Said Business School also offers five fully funded MBA scholarships to individuals invested in social innovation.
The Wharton School offers an undergraduate concentration in Social Impact & Responsibility, as well as an MBA/MSW in partnership with the Penn School of Social Policy and Practice. At the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice you can earn a Master of Social Work, an MS in Social Policy or Nonprofit Leadership, or a PhD in Social Welfare. They also offer several dual degree programs and certificates. The Center for Social Impact Strategy is also a part of the School of Social Policy & Practice. Completely focused on providing students with the resources they need to bring their innovative ideas for social good to fruition, the Center offers executive and doctoral programs and free Coursera courses. It’s also home to the Schwartz Family Penn Impact Lab, a one-week program in Costa Rica followed by five-months at the university for social entrepreneurs looking to jumpstart projects.
At the Stanford Graduate School of Business, you can complete a Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation within your MBA or MS program. The certificate offers the flexibility to focus on a specific industry within the social sector. For example, students may dedicate their studies to environmental sustainability, health, economic opportunity, or education. The program also allows students to approach their area of interest as they see fit through either a nonprofit leadership or social enterprise/business approach.
The Social Enterprise Program at the Harvard Business School provides students with an opportunity to take electives and receive field-training that prepare them to apply social enterprise skills to any area in the sector. Their MBA program offers courses such as Leading Social Enterprise and a Field Course: Social Innovation Lab.
At the Yale School of Management, the Program on Social Enterprise (PSE) holistically discusses nonprofits, social enterprises, and public sector social entrepreneurship. The program’s goal is to provide students with an understanding of how to use their business skills and market knowledge to create social solutions. The courses offered cover a wide range of topics. Whether you want to focus on Global Social Entrepreneurship, or Managing Social Enterprises, or Urban Poverty and Economic Development, you’re sure to find something suited to your interests.
A good place to look for suitable courses is Coursera which itself is a social enterprise and links to hundreds of universities around the world. A lot of the courses found in Coursera can be done free of cost. So, keep looking for opportunities to educate yourself to embark on the social entrepreneurial journey.