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Social Entrepreneurship Certificate

The three-course (nine-credit) Social Entrepreneurship Certificate program offered jointly by Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) and Rutgers Business School (RBS) is designed to give students the fundamental background to address some of the world’s most intractable social and ecological problems. This certificate prepares the leaders of today and tomorrow to start for-profit or nonprofit enterprises to develop, fund, and implement solutions to a wide range of social, cultural, or environmental issues and lead broader social changes in areas such as poverty alleviation, health care, and community development.

Students in this three-course certificate program must take the following two RBS courses:

  • Introduction to Corporate Social Innovation (3) (Flyer)
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3)

And choose one of the following two SPAA courses:

  • Collaborative Governance (3)
  • Grant Writing and Grants Management (3) (Flyer)

For SPAA course descriptions see Courses.
For course schedules, see Rutgers University Schedule of Classes.

For more information on the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate, see RBS.

  • Corporate Social Innovation Concentration (Flyer)
  • Social Entrepreneurship Concentration (Flyer)

To Apply

For current Rutgers graduate students:
Contact Aaron Gibbs, associate dean for student and academic services (, for instructions, registration guidance, and questions on alternative applied courses.

Program Costs

The cost to complete the certificate is based on the cost per credit found on the latest tuition and fee schedule. For information on rates and program fees see Tuition & Fees.

For More Information

To learn more, Request Information or Join a SPAA Info Session. If you have questions about a program or the application process, contact Aaron Gibbs, associate dean of student and academic services, at