Social Innovation

University of San Diego

M.A. On Campus
12 months
1200 USD/credit
1200 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Innovation (MASI) at University of San Diego look critically at the roots of social challenges and injustice, and then seek to create real change through bold new responses to poverty, inequality, human rights abuses and humanitarian crises. 


The Master's in Social Innovation degree at University of San Diego is unlike any other in that it starts by diving deep into real social challenges, then pairs that knowledge with critical thinking, inventiveness, leadership and sustainable business design.

MASI teaches you to look at problems in fresh ways and transform ideas into successful projects with scalable impact. Whether it's new financial services for women coffee growers and roasters in Colombia, or a food share app for a non-profit food recovery program in the U.S., you'll have a unique opportunity to apply systemic responses to challenges so that peace and social justice are synonymous with prosperity.

The Outcome

Social innovation is more than a trend. It is increasingly essential to employers across all sectors, including business, health and education. Our students learn how to combine leadership, peacebuilding and business skills into a holistic approach that works toward innovative solutions for good. You'll learn to contextualize social issues from a variety of perspectives including cultural, political and socio-economic variables, and to use the knowledge to formulate an action plan to meet emerging challenges such as refugee and migration flows, environmental degradation and humanitarian crises.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Challenges
  • Social Innovation 
  • Social Entrepreneurship 
  • Social Innovation Practicum
  • Design Thinking
  • Pitching for Success
  • undamentals of Finance and Accounting
  • Social Innovation Capstone

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Current Resume — You will submit a resume detailing your employment and/or educational experience.
  • Personal Statement, Statement of Purpose and/or Essays — Personal statement(s) vary depending on the program you are applying to. Please check the prompt in your application.
  • Letters of Recommendation — Your letters should be from professors familiar with your scholarly work, or from professional supervisors who have had experience in a graduate program and who can provide information about your potential for success as a graduate student. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1200 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1200 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1200 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1200 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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Social Innovation
University of San Diego