M.A. Social Entrepreneurship

Hult International Business School

Application deadline: Oct., Dec., Feb., Mar., May, June, July
Tuition fee:
  • $ 41,300 / Year (EEA)
  • $ 41,300 / Year (International)
Start date: September  2015
Credits: 39 credits
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Hults Master of Social Entrepreneurship is a highly practical program focused on how to apply business skills to important global social problems. Learn how to deploy innovative business solutions to large-scale social issues.

What is social entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurs are often from the corporate sector or people who are business entrepreneurs passionate about social issues. They think about ways to combine resources in innovative ways to address social, political, or environmental concerns as any profit-making enterprise does. The most important difference between a traditional business and a social enterprise is that profit is not the main motive. The enterprise must be sustainable and not incur losses, but the overall driving force is about maximizing social impact.

Why is social entrepreneurship important now?

Solutions to global social problems need innovative and entrepreneurial approaches more than ever. Increasingly, central governments are reducing their expenditures on social issues, either unable to fund expensive programs or concluding that traditional methods have failed to have impact. At the same time, needs are becoming greater and more complex. Evidence indicates that social entrepreneurs are making a difference, often in areas where government and international development may have failed. In some countries, governments are looking into how social entrepreneurs are solving problems.

The scope of social entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurs tackle major social issues, from increasing the availability of quality education for low-income students to fighting poverty in developing countries. Social entrepreneurship takes place in both non-profit and for-profit organizations, and successful social entrepreneurs must build relationships with corporations, charities, and governments alike. Social entrepreneurs must be knowledgeable about contemporary global issues, solution-oriented, and adept at mobilizing human, financial, political resources to support their project.

Pragmatic learning outcomes

Hult's pioneering Master of Social Entrepreneurship (MSE) gives you the skills necessary to engage in successful issue-advocacy, problem solving innocation, and project development. Graduates will be empowered to act as effective leaders of change, either via new ventures of their own or through existing for-profit, non-profit, or government institutions. The program emphasizes building core business skills optimized for sociopolitical contexts.

Action Projects provides hands-on experinece

The capstone of Hult's Master programs, the Action Project, calls upon students to put knowledge and skills to the test as they become consultants for actual organizations working on real-world challenges. Social entrepreneurship is about "thinking" and "doing", and the Hult program is unique in placing you in a position to do both, not just in the classroom but in front of a real client.

Become part of Hult's commitmet to social change

Hult is at the forefront of social entrepreneurship among the world's leading business schools. As a Clinton Global Initiative member, Hult is committed to tackling the world's toughest social challenges through crowdsourcing innovative ideas and solutions from the world's best and brightest business school students. The Annual Hult Prize (formerly known as the Hult Global Case Challenge) showcases the school's commitment to social entrepreneurship. Students from business schools around the world compete in small teams to develop the best solutions to problems presented by a Clinton Global Initiative-affiliated non-profit. Recent affiliates have included Habitat for Humanity, Solar Aid, One Laptop per Child, and Water.org. Hult awards the non-profit USD1 million as seed capital to help pilot winning ideas.

Global career opportunities

Graduates of Hult's MSE have an exceptional knowledge base of key business skills coupled with project design and management in the social arena. This is a highly flexible tool kit, transferable in the for-profit or non-profit sectors, especially in the development of CSR, sustainability, or innovation strategies. Graduates will be efficient collaborators and accomplished problem solvers and will always be asking the question, "Why don't we fix this problem?" Employers increasingly seek graduates with the right combination of keen business mind-sets, global outlooks, and awareness of the ethical dilemmas facing modern multinational managers.



* Individual Skills
* Teams Skills
* Managerial Skills
* Professional Career Development

Module A:

* Global Crises
* Entrepreneurship
* Sustainability
* Professional Career Development

Module B:

* Social Innovation
* Development Economics
* Financing Social Enterprises
* Professional Career Development

Module C:

* Social Impact Assessment
* Project Framing and Bid Writing
* Stakeholder Management
* Professional Career Development

Module D:

Sample Module D electives:1

* Entrepreneurial Finance
* International Negotiations
* New Product Development
* Foreign Market Entry Strategy
* Global Political Economy
* Corporate Social Responsibility
* Change Management
* Disruptive Business Models

Professional Career Development

Module E:

* Action Project
* Professional Career Development


Successful applicants generally:

* Possess a Bachelor degree or equivalent
* Are 21 years or older
* Have English proficiency
* TOEFL or IELTS score, or equivalent score, if applicable
* Certified translations of official transcripts, if applicable

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


There are several scholarship opportunities available to our strongest applicants, or on a need-basis. Scholarships are awarded based on students abilities to perform in a dynamic classroom environment and those who show business leadership potential.



Hult International Business School, Inc. is a non-profit corporation organized in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and accredited by the NEASC.

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