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Social Innovation (Master of Arts)

Social Innovation (Master of Arts)

Agnes Scott’s M.A. in Social Innovation helps you to adapt business principles to solve complex real-world challenges and create a more socially just world.

In Agnes Scott’s Master of Arts in Social Innovation, you’ll learn to take business principles and adapt them to solve complex real-world challenges and create a more socially just world.

Inspired by Agnes Scott’s commitment to thinking deeply, living honorably, and engaging the intellectual and social challenges of our times, this degree will help you learn to consider interdisciplinary and complementary theories to make informed decisions, influence policy, and effect social change.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Social Innovation at Agnes Scott is ideal for anyone who is inspired to solve complex social challenges. Whether your background is in grassroots organizing, non-profit leadership, corporate management, or government policy, this program is for the anyone driven to make the world a better place.

With an interdisciplinary approach to social innovation, your Social Innovation curriculum will help you gain an in-depth understanding of the connections among social, environmental, and economic systems. In this Master of Arts program, you will pursue a core curriculum that combines entrepreneurial thinking and design thinking with social responsibility and issues management.

Building upon core courses in foundational areas of social policy, social innovation, and evaluation design, you will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to address the world’s toughest issues—from poverty and globalization to climate change and urbanization. In addition to the core courses, you will complete an individualized practicum experience, where you will gain field experience that will enrich your ability to affect change.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared for career success, whether your desire is to launch your own social venture or to pursue a management position within industry, government, or the nonprofit arena. With the knowledge and skills you develop through the Social Innovation Master of Arts program, you can land roles in such fields as:

  • community planning
  • grant and financial development consulting
  • digital strategy for civic service
  • ecological sustainability management
  • corporate foundation stewardship
  • public health administration
  • urban development
Introducing faculty director of Social Innovation, Dr. Laquita Blockson. Contact her at:

Program of Study

Featured Courses
You’ll tailor your Master of Arts degree to your unique interests and career goals with flexible electives such as:

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership and Ethics
  • Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy
  • Human Centered Design and Implementation
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Grant and Proposal Writing

Master's Program

11 courses (33 credit hours)

5 core courses
6 electives


Classes are 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15 minute break, and each meets once per week during the semester.

Core courses:
Foundations in Social Policy
Funding and Investing in Social Ventures
Principles of Social Innovation
Principles of Evaluation Design
Project Management

Social Innovation Practicum
Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy
Foundations of Design Thinking
Community and Economic Development
Entrepreneurial Leadership and Ethics
Problem Solving and Decision Making
Human Centered Design and Implementation
Emerging Technologies
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Grant and Proposal Writing
Technologies of Social Change
Digital Portfolio Design