University of Southern California

Marshall School of Business

Master’s Degree and Graduate Certificate Programs

Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship

The Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship offers students a unique combination of business entrepreneurship skills delivered within the context of achieving both social and financial missions.

The courses focus entirely on the business aspects of social entrepreneurship including feasibility, planning, marketing, management, finance, and execution. Social, environmental, and health issues will be integrated into the readings, cases, teaching, guest lectures, exercises, and assignments. The program will also include a for-credit practical capstone project in which students will develop a business plan for a new social enterprise.

This program requires 26 units and can be completed in one year (full time) or 2 or more years (part time). Courses are offered in the evenings on the University Park Campus in downtown Los Angeles.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will apply online and must fulfill the general Marshall/USC admission requirements for graduate programs. Admission decisions into the MSSE program will be based on an applicant’s previous academic record, résumé, letters of recommendation, and responses to several essay questions. TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores will be required for international applicants who have not completed the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree (all four years) at an institution in a country where English is the primary official language. GMAT or GRE scores are recommended, but will not be required for this program.

Application Procedure

The MSSE program accepts applications for fall semester admissions only. Submit an online application to the program through the USC Marshall graduate admissions Web site here or here. International applicants are advised to view the information for international students published here.

A complete application includes the online application form, an application fee, responses to several questions, two letters of recommendation, and copies of transcripts from all institutions attended since the applicant last applied to USC.

For more information about the program and detailed information about the application requirements and procedures, please visit, write to, or call (213) 740-9098.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship requires 26 units

BAEP 549 The Entrepreneurial Journey 2
BAEP 552 Cases in Feasibility Analysis 3
BAEP 553 Cases in New Venture Management 3
BAEP 564 Investing in Impact Ventures 3
BAEP 591 Social Entrepreneurship 3
BAEP 593 Independent Research in Business Entrepreneurship 3
GSBA 528 Marketing Management 3
Select 6 units from the following:
MKT 528 Sales Management: The Art and Science of Sales 3
MOR 554 Leading Innovation and Change 3
MOR 555 Designing High Performance Organizations 3
MOR 559 Strategic Renewal and Transformation 3
MOR 566 Environmental Sustainability and Competitive Advantage 3
MOR 572 Leadership and Self-Management 3
Total units: 26