The Social Entrepreneurship concentration (SOCE) provides the theoretical and practical toolkit to engage real-world issues in industry, nonprofits, 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. Mason’s commitment to innovation creates an environment where emerging social entrepreneurs can turn innovative ideas into reality.
Students range from recent college graduates to mid-career professionals, and include athletes, professionals working in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors, and people who want to start their own business. A trait shared by those in the SOCE program is a desire to model and implement sustainable, practical, and ethical solutions to social problems, while working effectively within complex networks made up of divergent groups of stakeholders.
Experiential learning is an essential component of your degree. You will engage in internships and other co-curricular activities. Students have interned at Ashoka, a global network for social entrepreneurship, as well as with the Armed Services Arts Partnership, an organization reintegrating veterans through the arts, and Together We Bake, a comprehensive workforce training and personal development program. Mason’s location in the Washington, D.C. area affords students unparalleled access to key business, public, and nonprofit organizations.
Graduates move on to successful careers in higher education and nonprofit organizations. Others choose to start their own businesses. The concentration in SOCE will equip students with the subject matter expertise, strategic knowledge, technical support, and social networks needed to create, operate, develop, and accelerate startups; bring ideas to scale; and improve existing programs' effectiveness.
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.