Social Innovation, M.A.
The Professional Master of Arts in Social Innovation (PMASI) is
designed to prepare individuals to foster and lead innovation
throughout their organizations, businesses, and communities in ways
that impact daily operations and strategic goals.
The program trains students to critically examine and address complex social problems such as childhood hunger, illiteracy, domestic violence, air pollution, food deserts, contaminated drinking water, poverty, and homelessness.
The PMASI program consists of 36 credit hours of coursework. There are no prerequisites and students with any bachelor's degree may be accepted. Courses will be offered as hybrid, meeting both in class and online. In-person courses will meet at the Robert C. Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids. The program features courses in social innovation, public administration, social work, and management.
- Six core courses in social innovation and public administration: 18 credits
- Three application courses for project: 9 credits
- Three courses of synthesis coursework: 9 credits
Why Study Social Innovation at Grand Valley?
- Nationally, employers post jobs for master's-level social innovation skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication (written and verbal), problem-solving, and analytical/qualitative.
- It is the only professional social innovation program in Michigan offering a focus on critical, humanistic, integrative, and interdisciplinary approaches to social issues.
- Internships, global learning experiences, collaborative projects, and problem-based learning create a unique degree experience.
- Sustainability consultants make a median salary of $60,926 in the U.S. according to PayScale.com.
- Courses are hybrid, offered in a combination of face-to-face and online options.