12 months
708 USD/credit 25488 USD/year
708 USD/credit 25488 USD/year
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The Professional Master of Arts in Social Innovation (PMASI) at Grand Valley State University is designed to prepare individuals to foster and lead innovation throughout their organizations, businesses, and communities in ways that impact daily operations and strategic goals.


The Social Innovation program at Grand Valley State University trains students to critically examine and address complex social problems such as childhood hunger, illiteracy, domestic violence, air pollution, food deserts, contaminated drinking water, poverty, and homelessness.

The PMASI program consists of 36 credit hours of coursework. There are no prerequisites and students with any bachelor's degree may be accepted. Courses will be offered as hybrid, meeting both in class and online. In-person courses will meet at the Robert C. Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids. 

Why Study Social Innovation at Grand Valley?

  • Nationally, employers post jobs for master's-level social innovation skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication (written and verbal), problem-solving, and analytical/qualitative.
  • It is the only professional social innovation program in Michigan offering a focus on critical, humanistic, integrative, and interdisciplinary approaches to social issues.
  • Internships, global learning experiences, collaborative projects, and problem-based learning create a unique degree experience.
  • Sustainability consultants make a median salary of $60,926 in the U.S. according to PayScale.com.
  • Courses are hybrid, offered in a combination of face-to-face and online options.

Programme Structure

Topics covered:

  • Cross-sector innovation
  • Corporate Social Responsibilities
  • Civic action
  • Community engagement strategies
  • Environmental justice
  • Policy development skills

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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36 SCH



Academic requirements

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English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Grade point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Submitting a GRE score is not required. However, applicants who have neither a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or five years of professional experience may consider submitting a GRE score to strengthen their application.
  • A personal statement of career goals and background experiences, including an explanation of how this program will help achieve educational and professional objectives.
  • Recommendations from at least two individuals who are in positions to attest to the applicant’s successful completion of the program.
  • An official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution.
  • TOEFL test scores 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25488 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 708 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    25488 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 708 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Allendale

1000 - 1500 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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