Social Innovation, M.A. | University of San Diego | San Diego, United States
9 months
1200 USD/credit 36000 USD/full
1200 USD/credit 36000 USD/full
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With small class sizes, a location at the world's busiest international border and seed funding opportunities, the interdisciplinary Social Innovation program at University of San Diego draws in purpose-driven social innovators from around the globe.


Catalyzing change for good

With various undergraduate majors, students of the Social Innovation program at University of San Diego learn the skills necessary to develop sustainable, scalable solutions to tackle humanity's urgent challenges, whether that leads to growing their own social impact startup or leading innovative programs in an established organization.

Building careers in social innovation

MASI graduates make global impact through careers leading entrepreneurial ventures, in the public and private sector as well as intergovernmental organizations and nonprofits. Graduates work within organizations focusing on social change, creating economic, social and environmental value, within corporate social responsibility departments, and local, state and national governments.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • War, Gender and Peacebuilding
  • Immigration and Asylum in Practice
  • Transitional Justice
  • Peace, Justice & Social Change
  • Leadership and Organizations
  • Peace and Conflict Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 (on 4.00 scale) average in all undergraduate coursework
  • Current resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Four short essays
  • Two-minute videos: make a video of yourself that is no longer than two minutes and addresses the following prompts. The goal of this video is not to measure your video-making abilities (you can use your phone); it is about getting to know you better. (Content beyond the 2-minute limit will not be viewed.) Share with us an object or image that represents who you are. Why are you a good candidate for the Master of Arts in Social Innovation?
  • English language proficiency test scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36000 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1200 USD per credit during 9 months.
  • National

    36000 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1200 USD per credit during 9 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

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


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