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 Master of Arts in Social Innovation (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.
Jumpstart Your Journey Of Changemaking
Spotting the need for change isn't hard and it is possible to make a difference; all you need is a passion for social change and the skills necessary to put your ideas into action.
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 Master of Arts in Social Innovation (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 master's degree brings together the unique skills and expertise gained at a peace school in collaboration with leadership, humanities, science and business.
The MASI program provides a deep understanding of social challenges – obtained in classes like Social Entrepreneurship, Global Challenge and Development and Conflict - and then pairs that knowledge with critical thinking, inventiveness, leadership and sustainable business design, which come from classes offered in the Business and Leaderships Schools.
Why Choose a Masters in Social Innovation from the Kroc School?
Only MA in Social Innovation rooted at a Peace School
Social Innovation Challenge provides up to $50,000 dollars in seed funding for students to make their capstone project a reality
No GRE required
Only MA in Social Innovation offered in a Ashoka U Changemaker Campus - the leading designation for social innovation in higher education.
Design, implement and manage innovations for social change.
Whether working in existing organizations and programs or through new ventures:
Develop new ways of thinking, learning and connecting for addressing social problems in ways that are effective and sustainable.
Emerge ready to transform existing structures that are inefficient and perpetuate issues of poverty, conflict, and injustice.
Participate in the Social Innovation Challenge
Through the Social Innovation Challenge, university students from San Diego and Tijuana generate ideas for innovative ventures that respond to a social, economic, environmental or justice issue of their choice, and compete for over $50,000 in seed funding to launch or expand their ventures.
Social innovation is more than a trend. It is increasingly essential to employers across all sectors, including business, health and education. Our students learn how to combine leadership, peacebuilding and business skills into a holistic approach that works toward innovative solutions for good. You'll learn to contextualize social issues from a variety of perspectives including cultural, political and socio-economic variables, and to use the knowledge to formulate an action plan to meet emerging challenges such as refugee and migration flows, environmental degradation and humanitarian crises.
With a MASI degree, you'll become proficient in sustainable business model design, leadership, communication, human-centered design and problem solving, increasing your potential to develop innovations that will help communities to address poverty and social injustices.
Spotting need for change isn't hard. Perhaps the biggest challenge is narrowing down your area of focus. From microcredit to charter schools, hospices to fair trade, restorative justice to clean energy, the opportunities to apply your learning are endless.
Send official sealed transcripts documenting each course taken beyond the high school level (whether or not within a degree program) and all degrees awarded. Foreign transcripts must be accompanied by a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES). http://www.wes.org/
Office of Graduate Admissions
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
Please submit online:
Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Four Short Essays (250 words each)
Two Letters of Recommendation (one from a professor or individual who can attest to your academic capabilities and one letter from a work supervisor or similar)
Two Minute Video
English Language Proficiency Requirements*
*International applicants only
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is mandatory for all applicants educated outside the United States. The test can be waived if English is your primary language or you have obtained a bachelor's degree from the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia. Other exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.
Minimum scores and official score reports:
Please visit Graduate Admissions for more information related to application requirements for international students.
Minimum Grade Point Average
3.00 (4.00 scale) in all undergraduate coursework
Standardized Admission Test