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MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Change

Live Out Your Social Purpose

The world's most complex social, economic, and environmental issues are in desperate need of sustainable, market-based solutions driven by knowledgeable, competent, and mission-focused leaders.

Through the Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change program, you will gain the skills and resources required to lead and inspire change in new ventures, existing organizations, local communities, and across the globe with a degree from one of the most respected, forward-thinking, values-based graduate schools in the nation.

Students analyze complex social problems, create sustainable market-based solutions, and learn management practices such as formulating strategies, leading impactful organizations, and developing business plans that include finance, economic logic, and marketing campaigns.

The Capstone Project and Global Immersion Experiences may be customized to focus in areas such as:

  • Social Entrepreneurship: Prepare to start a new social enterprise.
  • Intrapreneurship: Make a difference in an existing organization.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Create impact and advance your career through business-community relations and sustainability.

 

Program Benefits

Hybrid Format

Designed for both working professionals and full-time students, this unique hybrid format offers the best features of both in-person and online learning.

Values Centered

Students are empowered to make a lasting impact through GSEP's core values of academic excellence, social purpose, and meaningful service.

Quick Facts

Format: Online-Hybrid
Term: Fall
Location: West LA or Washington, DC
Length: 20 months / 34 units
Tuition: $1,425 per unit

 

 

Global Change Experience

Creates a well-rounded global perspective of social, economic, and community issues through hands-on immersion with an organization in a developing country.

 

Comprehensive Curriculum

Incorporates courses in organizational leadership, creating a vision, philanthropy, marketing, finance, an international immersion course, a capstone experience, fast-pitch competition, and more.

 

Career Opportunities

Proficiency in leadership, business, and social enterprise make this one of the most versatile and valuable master's degrees available.

 

Not Just Business as Usual

Housed in the school of education, students remain focused on solving real-world problems rather than the requirements of a traditional business school.

 

No GRE, GMAT, or Other Standardized Tests

We offer an equitable admissions process that considers your experience and commitment to succeed.

 

Immersion Experiences and Cohort Model

Provides opportunities to engage in meaningful community-building with peers and program leaders.


1st

Institution To Offer A Masters In Social Entrepreneurship

$10K+

Scholarships Available

2

Campus Options: West LA & DC

20

Month Program Completion

40%

Of Alumni Are Entrepreneurs In Established Organizations

20%

Of Alumni Are Founders/Entrepreneurs

20%

Of Alumni Work In Consulting & Foundations

20%

Of Alumni Continue To Earn A Doctorate

 

Take the Next Step

Reach out to us to learn more about Pepperdine's MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Change program.

Get In Touch

Fill out the Request Information form to learn more and get in contact with an Enrollment Officer.

Attend an Info Session

Experience an in-depth overview and meet program leaders.

Start Your Application

Submit the application form early to meet scholarship and enrollment deadlines. It takes less than 15 minutes.

 

Deadlines

aug
19

Enrollment: Final date to submit deposit and Intent to Enroll form.

sep
06

Classes Begin: First day of Fall term.

Information Sessions

Coming soon

 

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Curriculum Overview

In this 34-unit program, you will experience wide-ranging and comprehensive instruction that incorporates a unique balance of organizational and enterprise competencies.


The program prepares socially conscious professionals to create sustainable change in the issue of their choice through leadership development, cultural and emotional competence, ethical understanding, human-centered learning, global perspectives, business and marketing skills, and a supportive Pepperdine and SEC network.


 

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Program Details

Students participate in a cohort model and hybrid format that meets over twenty months (five fifteen-week terms). There are two in-person weekend sessions (Thursday-Saturday), which offer a personalized/hands-on approach, relational interaction with peers, and increased quality of learning. Students meet synchronously online every Tuesday evening for two hours.

The second-year includes a two-week Global Immersion Experience in a developing country to cultivate proficiency further and impact various communities around the world.

The program culminates with a two-term capstone project devising a new social enterprise or related project within an existing organization. Students develop a thorough business plan and go-to-market strategy in collaboration with successful mentors and faculty who are scholar-practitioners and nationally recognized experts. Validated ideas are presented to industry leaders in a “Shark Tank” style Fast Pitch Competition with multiple participants receiving funding to launch their venture. 


 

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Convenient Campus Locations

Pepperdine GSEP has convenient campus locations* to meet the needs of our students. Choose to complete the in-person portion of the program on the West Los Angeles campus, conveniently located off the 405 freeway by LAX, or the Washington DC campus.

*Campus locations are subject to enrollment.

 


 

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Expand Your Career Possibilities

Career opportunities are expanded considerably for graduates in many professional contexts, including businesses, non-profits, foundations, government and non-government organizations, and others. Proficiency in social, entrepreneurial, leadership, and many other concepts makes this one of the most versatile and valuable master's degrees available.


 

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Tuition and Scholarships

Pepperdine GSEP generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance. An incoming GSEP student is eligible to be awarded up to $10,000 in Pepperdine scholarships.*

Total tuition $48,450
GSEP scholarships available -$10,000
Total tuition after GSEP scholarships $38,450

*GSEP scholarship amount is based on data from the 2021-2022 academic year and only includes new incoming students who received aid from Pepperdine within GSEP programs. Does not include other external forms of financial aid.

Alumni and Faculty Spotlight

"By coming to Pepperdine, being exposed to so many other different career opportunities, learning from people in my program that came from different cultures, and hearing their experiences, I think that really transformed me. I came out of the program with a business plan and a business idea, which took a lot of discipline, and I don't think I could have done that on my own if I wasn't part of the program." - Val Esquivel, Alumni

 

 

Why Pepperdine

Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

#29

Best-Value Schools
U.S. News & Report

#9

Best College Value in the West/SW
Kiplinger

#10

Most Entrepreneurial Universities
Forbes

* U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

Distinguished Faculty

  • SEC faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.
  • Average class size of 14 students and a 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.

Alumni Network

  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals. Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.
  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.

Student and Career Support

  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.
  Passion and Purpose Driven

Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

  Reputable University

Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

#29

Best-Value Schools
U.S. News & Report

#9

Best College Value in the West/SW
Kiplinger

#10

Most Entrepreneurial Universities
Forbes

* U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

  Distinguished Faculty

Distinguished Faculty

  • SEC faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.
  • Average class size of 14 students and a 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.
  Alumni Network

Alumni Network

  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals. Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.
  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.
  Student and Career Support

Student and Career Support

  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.

 

 

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Ernesto Santiago Elizondo
Enrollment Officer
6100 Center Drive, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045

310.568.5762

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