USD Launches Master's Degree in Social Innovation

SAN DIEGO, CA: The University of San Diego has launched a Master of Arts in Social Innovation (MASI) at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. The degree, which can be earned in one academic year, is a 30 credit Master’s program that also includes a capstone project that gives students the option to work on a real-world project and receive seed funding through the Social Innovation Challenge.

The program develops a deep understanding of social challenges in today’s global environment by offering classes such as Social Entrepreneurship; Global Challenges; and Peace, Development and Conflict. Knowledge from the classes is paired with critical thinking, inventiveness, leadership and sustainable business design, which come from classes offered in USD’s School of Business and School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, Dr. Patricia Marquez, said, "Social Innovation is about being more effective in creating change in communities everywhere. The focus goes way beyond creating new products or services. Social Innovation focuses on reframing problems and developing ways to address them that create a better order of things."

Leading social change is hard work that requires innovative vision backed by entrepreneurial skills and a deep understanding of the problem at hand. Students pursuing a MASI look critically at the roots of social challenges and injustice, then seek to create real change through bold new responses to poverty, inequality, human rights abuses and humanitarian crises.

No other degree in Social Innovation in the nation is rooted in a Peace School. The MASI prepares students to design, implement and manage innovations for positive social change. Whether working in existing organizations and programs or through new ventures, students develop new ways of thinking, learning and connecting for addressing social problems in ways that are effective and sustainable. Students will emerge from this program ready to transform existing structures that are inefficient and perpetuate issues of poverty, conflict, and injustice.

The MASI is offered at the University of San Diego campus, the only designated Changemaker campus with this degree program in California.

The application deadline is March 15, 2017. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

Program requirements and curriculum information is available here

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.