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Postgraduate Certificate Online Blended

Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

Portland State University

6 months
790 USD/credit 12640 USD/full
790 USD/credit 12640 USD/full
649 USD/credit 10384 USD/full
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Portland State University’s Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship certificate equip you to bring meaning and purpose to your career in business or nonprofit leadership by training you to create practical, effective solutions to social and environmental challenges. 

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Whether you’re a social entrepreneur starting something new, or an intrapreneur inside a mission-driven organization, this program can prepare you with the experience and skills to innovate. You can either design a new social venture—nonprofit, business, government program or advocacy campaign—to address an issue that matters to you, or evaluate and suggest improvements to an existing organization of your choice. 

What can you do

Graduates have used the social innovation and social entrepreneurship certificate to design and launch new nonprofits, foundations and businesses, advance careers in nonprofit leadership and corporate social responsibility, or find jobs at B Corps and sustainable businesses. Graduates of the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship certificate program at Portland State University commonly go into fields such as:

  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Civic engagement and outreach
  • Government administration
  • Community programming

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design Thinking for Social Innovation
  • Money Matters for Social Innovation 
  • Storytelling and Impact Measurement for Social Innovation
  • Social Innovation Field Study

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines


16 alternative credits


Blended, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission eligibility is based on receipt of a baccalaureate degree equivalent to a United States four-year bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized as an institution of higher education by the Ministry of Education in the relevant country or be regionally accredited within the U.S. prior to matriculating into a graduate program.
  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12640 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 790 USD per credit during 6 months.
  • National

    12640 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 790 USD per credit during 6 months.
  • In-State

    10384 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 649 USD per credit during 6 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 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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