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Social Entrepreneurship

George Mason University

12 months
1412 USD/credit
1412 USD/credit
524 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Social Entrepreneurship concentration in MAIS from George Mason University provides the theoretical and practical toolkit to engage real-world issues in industry, non-profits, government, public policy and education.


Underlying the Social Entrepreneurship program is a commitment to social justice and care for human dignity.  By the end of the program you will be equipped to analyze problems, develop strategies to solve them, and execute these solutions effectively. The program’s multidisciplinary approach is premised on the understanding that real-world problems cross traditional academic boundaries.

Faculty in this program are both traditional academics and practitioners with experience in the world of social entrepreneurship.  They have expertise in social innovation, leadership and institutional change, management, and financial analysis, as well as experience across the range of public and private sectors. Drawing on the departments in several colleges and schools at George Mason, the program transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. You can leverage coursework across the university toward your degree. 

Career options:

Experiential learning is an essential component of your degree.  You will engage in internships, practica, and other co-curricular activities. George Mason University Students have interned at Ashoka, a global network for social entrepreneurship, as well as the Armed Services Arts Partnership, an organization reintegrating veterans through the arts.  Mason’s location in the Washington, D.C., area affords students unparalleled access to key business, public and non-profit organizations.

While some students choose to continue on to their PhD, others move on to successful careers in higher education, nonprofit organizations, and more.  

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • MAIS ProSeminar
  • Social Innovation In Action
  • Leadership in a Changing Environment
  • Analysis of Financial Decisions
  • Special Topics in Graduate School of Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Environmental Management and Policy
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
  • Entrepreneurship, Economics, and Public Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application Self-Service Center.
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree 
  • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
  • Verification of English language proficiency.
  • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
  • Other supplemental materials specified by your academic program such as essays, departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    524 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 524 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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