Social Innovation

Master of Arts

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Program Overview

Make social change your business.

Inspired by Agnes Scott’s commitment to thinking deeply, living honorably and engaging the intellectual and social challenges of our times, this graduate degree will help you learn to make informed decisions, influence policy, and affect positive change.

Through our Master of Arts program in Social Innovation, learn to take business principles and adapt them to solve complex, real-world challenges to create a more socially just world. Students attain the knowledge and skills to become leading social innovators and change-makers within various industries and fields. Upon graduation, students are prepared to launch a social venture or to secure a management position within for-profit, government, and nonprofit sectors.

Social innovation graduate student listening to her professor speak in class.

What You'll Learn

Our interdisciplinary approach provides students with the digital and business skills to address market needs and an in-depth understanding of the connections among social, environmental, and economic systems. You'll learn:

  • The principles of social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial leadership and social policy
  • Economic development and finance
  • Project management and team-based problem solving

Program Highlights

Program Delivery Format: Hybrid

Our Social Innovation master’s program features an in-person core curriculum and electives that can be completed online or hybrid.

After just 11-classes, completed in as little as 18-months, you can earn a Master of Arts in Social Innovation.

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Partnership with Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)

YNPN provides great social and networking events alongside professional development to help Atlanta’s young nonprofit professionals grow and thrive in their careers. YNPN members include mid-career professionals as well as those new to the nonprofit sector, recent college graduates, and others committed to the future of nonprofits in and around Atlanta. Agnes Scott Graduate Studies works closely with YNPN to offer our graduate students a chance to participate in these opportunities to network with professionals in the Atlanta area to drive social change.

Making Room for Changemakers

Our Social Innovation program works with AshokaU, the education arm of the Ashoka social entrepreneurship organization, through sponsorship, presentations, and its #MillionsofChangemakers initiative. Through this initiative, the Social Innovation program commits to enacting programs and projects that aim to increase the number of people who help accelerate systemic social change.

Meet the Faculty

Carlee Bishop

Carlee A. Bishop

Director of Data Analysis & Communication, Visiting Professor of Physics

Britton Edwards

Creating Change through Civic Journalism

What does a Social Innovator look like? Hear directly from one of our graduate students, Britton Edwards, about how our Master of Arts in Social Innovation program has impacted her career.

Meet This Forward Thinker

Social Innovators at Work

Social innovators share one thing - a strong desire to solve a social problem, sometimes through unconventional methods to affect positive social change. These social entrepreneurs make an impact by building solutions to such issues as food deserts, education inequality, inaccessible healthcare, unaffordable housing, and unsustainable environmental practices, among others.

Graduate students in this program will learn the theories and principles necessary to innovate as entrepreneurs and business owners, or through careers in nonprofit organizations, socially responsible businesses, or government agencies.

  • Program Administration
  • Community Outreach and Community Services
  • Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Nonprofit Leadership

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