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Social Entrepreneurship Certificate
Social entrepreneurship is a rapidly evolving field. It can be generally described as the use of entrepreneurial principles to address existing social problems. The entrepreneur is a creative person dedicated to a social cause, creating and managing ventures and social enterprises.
The certificate program evolved out of a cross-disciplinary partnership at UND. Students are provided the diverse academic background needed to succeed as a social entrepreneur, which includes links to business, sociology, nonprofit management, political science, and public administration.
The program provides a regionally-unique educational opportunity to students at all points in their career paths. The student body has diverse backgrounds, since solutions to social and community problems can come from creative-minded people from a variety of undergraduate fields.
The following video shows an interview with the Director of the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. Dr. Jason Jensen is also the instructor for POLS 561 Creation and Management of Social Enterprises, one of the required courses for the Certificate Program.
- POLS 561: Creation and Management of Social Enterprises - 3 credits
- POLS 562: Political Advocacy and Social Entrepreneurship - 3 credits
- ENTR 580: Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship - 3 credits
- ENTR 575: Special Topics - 3 credits
- Students must hold a baccalaureate degree from an educational institution of recognized standing.
- A student’s undergraduate cumulative grade point average must be 2.75 or higher or 3.0 in junior/senior years. This threshold is a minimum; meeting it will not guarantee admission.
- International students must meet the English language and other admission requirements of the University of North Dakota.
- Applicants must submit a personal statement addressing how the certificate will help them meet their goals, official transcripts of all coursework completed, two academic or professional letters of reference, and a description of any relevant work experience (résumé).
Students will be required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average to remain in the program.
The courses are designed to complement each other with minimal overlap or repetition of information. They are non-linear, so individuals can begin the coursework in any semester.
All courses are offered in a hybrid format. Each class has a group of local students, attending on-site at UND, and also has distance students who enter the classroom remotely from any location. This technology allows synchronous (“real-time”) delivery of the program to students in any location, as long as they have access to the required equipment.
All students (whether receiving instruction on-site or online) are required to attend the “live” class. To accommodate working professionals, almost all MPA courses are offered in the evening (7 p.m. - 10 p.m.).
Online students will connect to the class meetings through Adobe Connect. For more information or for technical support with Adobe Connect contact the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.
Jason Jensen, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Director, Master of Business Administration Program
Social Entrepreneurship Course:
POLS 561 Creation and Management of Social Enterprises
Paul Sum, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Social Entrepreneurship Course:
POLS 562 Political Advocacy and Social Entrepreneurship
For further questions regarding the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate, contact us:
P 701.777.3831 or 701.777.2397
Department of Political Science & Public Administration, Stop 8379
Department of Entrepreneurship, Stop 8098
293 Centennial Dr
Grand Forks, ND 58202