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Students at the GVSU Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Photo taken pre-COVID.

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.

Meets Skills Demands in Many Fields

Nationally, employers post jobs for master's-level social innovation skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication (written and verbal), problem-solving, and analytical/qualitative.

The Only Program of its Kind in Michigan

The only professional social innovation program in Michigan offering a focus on critical, humanistic, integrative, and interdisciplinary approaches to social issues.

Real-World Experience

Combines Internships, Global Learning, and Collaborative Projects for a Unique Experience

Program Overview

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.

Why Study Social Innovation at Grand Valley?

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