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Social Innovation (Master of Arts)

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Social Innovation (Master of Arts)

Make social change your business. 

In Agnes Scott’s Master of Arts in Social Innovation program, you’ll learn to take business principles and adapt them to solve complex real-world challenges to create a more socially just world. Students attain the knowledge and skills to become leading social innovators and changemakers within various industries and fields.

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 make informed decisions, influence policy, and affect positive change. 

Program Overview

Students in this program are better prepared to launch a social venture or secure a management position within for-profit, government, or nonprofit sectors. The areas of skills development include:

Foundational Skills:

  • Research and analysis
  • Principles of social entrepreneurship and social policy
  • Economic development
  • Finance

Professional Skills: 

  • Planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Entrepreneurial leadership
  • Collaborative problem solving

Applied Skills:

  • Project management
  • Philanthropy
  • Investing
  • Field work and practical experience

Laquita Blockson, Ph.D. is the founding faculty director of our social innovation graduate program. Bringing over 20 years of experience in social entrepreneurship and university teaching to Agnes Scott, Dr. Blockson holds bachelor's and master’s degrees in business administration from Florida A&M University and a Ph.D. in management from the University of Pittsburgh. She also serves as a research fellow with Rutgers Business School’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. Dr. Blockson has shared her expertise with multiple audiences domestically and abroad, including as a visiting professor in China (Shenzhen University) and New Zealand (University of Otago), as a member of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners, and as the former director of the South Carolina Women’s Business Center.

Her academic expertise includes not-for-profit entrepreneurship, gender and entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ethics, and strategic management. Contact Dr. Blockson at

Program of Study

In the Social Innovation graduate program, we offer you the flexibility to tailor your education to your unique interests and career goals with electives from other Agnes Scott graduate programs, including Technology Leadership and Management, Data Analysis and Communication, Data Visualization, Evaluation and Assessment Methods and Writing and Digital Communication.


Class Schedule

Each class meets once a week for 2 hours, 30 minutes:

  • Monday through Thursday at 6:30 - 9:15 pm, or
  • Saturday at 9:00 - 11:00 am or 1:00 - 3:45 pm

11 courses (33 credit hours)

  • 5 core courses
  • 6 electives


Core courses:
SOI-600 Principles of Social Innovation
SOI-610 Foundations of Social Policy
SOI-620 Funding and Investing in Social Ventures
SOI-660 Social Innovation Practicum
EAM-640 Project Management

SOI-615 Community Economic Development
SOI-625 Entrepreneurial Leadership and Ethics
SOI-635 Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy
APT-625 Human Centered Design and Implementation
APT-640 Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making
EAM-610 Principles of Evaluation Design
EAM-620 Data Collection
WDC-614 Grant and Proposal Writing
WDC-618 Technologies of Social Change