Degree Programs

The following universities offer undergraduate or graduate degree programs for those interested in social entrepreneurship.

America’s Best Colleges for Social Entrepreneurs | via Fortune Small Business on CNN Money

Nearly 3,000 schools now boast classes in entrepreneurship, up tenfold since the mid-1980s, according to the Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City nonprofit that tracks the topic. FSB for the first time has compiled a selection of the best colleges for entrepreneurs and broken the field down into basic categories, choosing the best schools for general entrepreneurship, family business, online education, part-time executive education, social entrepreneurship, and interdisciplinary studies-blending business skills with other subjects such as engineering and medicine.


Babson College (Boston, MA) – The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship is the hub for entrepreneurial activity at Babson. The center’s mission is to lead the global advancement of entrepreneurship education and practice through the development of academic, research, and outreach initiatives that inspire entrepreneurial thinking and cultivate entrepreneurial leadership in all organizations and society.

Columbia University (New York, NY) – Columbia offers the Social Enterprise program, where students develop a perspective on how to apply business skills to social enterprise endeavors and align personal and professional values in careers that result in social benefits to a broader community. The curriculum explores social enterprise within four focus areas: Public and Nonprofit Management; International Development and Emerging Markets; Social Entrepreneurship; and Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) – At the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, they believe the private-sector has a critical role to play in helping solve the world’s most pressing environmental and social problems. They work directly with companies around the world to identify, understand, and capitalize on these competitive opportunities.

Duke University (Durham, NC) – A research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise.

Harvard University (Boston, MA) – Grounded in Harvard Business School’s mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world, the Social Enterprise Initiative aims to inspire, educate, and support current and emerging leaders in all sectors to apply management skills to create social value.

New York University (New York, NY) – The Satter Program in Entrepreneurship is to educate, challenge, and inspire social entrepreneurs to leverage intellectual, social, and financial capital resources with a focus on social change, innovation, and impact.

Stanford University (Stanford, CA) – Their Center for Social Innovation aims to inspire and educate social innovators, providing knowledge and ideas that strengthen the capacity of current and future leaders to champion social change.

Oxford Saïd Business School (Oxford, England) – The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship was launched in 2003 at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University, to promote the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. In addition to delivering innovative teaching programmes, the Skoll Centre has developed a portfolio of research which employs theory but that is also valuable to practitioners in the field.

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