Master of Arts in Social Innovation

Get in the business of social change.

Program Overview

Social innovation is increasingly essential to employers across the private, government, and non-profit sectors. Changemakers with vision, leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset are in demand.

The Kroc School’s Master of Arts in Social Innovation (MASI) prepares students to tackle the great challenges facing society. Our students learn how to analyze the roots of social problems, create inventive solutions in response, and bring their visions to life with sustainable business designs and the leadership skills to bring them to scale. Whether it's new financial services for women coffee growers and roasters in Colombia, or a food-share app for a nonprofit food recovery program in the U.S., you'll learn how to catalyze change through initiatives that promote people, planet, profit, peace and prosperity. 

Practice and field-based learning is paired with courses geared toward an understanding of design thinking, collaborative problem-solving and business models. Being housed in a peace school, the MASI program gives students an edge by integrating expertise in peacebuilding with business, entrepreneurship and leadership.

The Outcome

Graduates emerge with practical skills and experience to develop social innovations for good, empowering them to advance their purpose-driven careers, whether creating their own social impact startup or leading innovative programs in an established organization.

They work in organizations focusing on social change; organizations creating economic, social and environmental value, corporate social responsibility departments; and local, state and national governments. You can see examples of where our MASI alumni are working on our Careers page.

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Come Remake the World With Us

Kroc School Professor of Practice Juan Roche speaks to the opportunities that social impact leaders gain through the Master of Arts in Social Innovation program and emphasizes that with a social innovation skill set, you will be prepared to tackle humanity's urgent challenges.

The Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge

Through this exciting Challenge, USD students generate ideas for innovative ventures that respond to a social, economic, environmental or justice issue, and compete with students from universities around the world for up to $50K in seed funding to launch or expand their ventures.