George Mason University

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Entrepreneurship


Office of Graduate Admissions

MS 6A3

Fairfax, VA 22030

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Entrepreneurship

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

George Mason University is among the few universities worldwide offering a graduate degree specifically for the next generation of entrepreneurial social changemakers: a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Entrepreneurship. The mission of our program: prepare leaders to effectively launch, manage and grow the next generation of social ventures and create systemic change. The degree is uniquely: (1) Interdisciplinary: instructors hail from all corners of the university; (2) Participatory: rigorous coursework blends seamlessly with experiential learning involving hands-on, real-world practice; (3) Innovative: The Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship, in partnership with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, surrounds students with a community, and provides students an array of opportunities to network, apply their learning to create real impact, and launch new ventures; and (4) Flexible: the degree can be pursued full-time or part-time, and the curriculum allows students to explore in-depth the social issues they are most passionate about. Following three years of partnership between Mason and the AshokaU Changemaker Campus Initiative and the March 2011 launch of the Mason Center of Social Entrepreneurship. George Mason University now stands at the forefront of social entrepreneurship education in terms of faculty leadership, programs, courses, research, and outreach. Our proximity to Washington D.C. and our active partnership with Ashoka provides our graduate students with an unparalleled opportunity to become next-generation, leading social entrepreneurs. The 36-credit MAIS in Social Entrepreneurship promotes advanced scholarship that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students will combine required coursework in social entrepreneurship, management, public policy, public and international affairs, and leadership with courses aimed at individual student’s areas of specialization. Through a blend of academic courses and experiential learning opportunities (i.e., the practical and the theoretical), students will graduate with the knowledge of leading edge concepts and research-based approaches, as well as the field experience necessary to succeed as social innovators.


George Mason University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of George Mason University.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). GMU FAFSA Code: 003749

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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