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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, racism, poverty, and homelessness.


Meets Skills Demands in Many Fields

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

The Only Program of its Kind in Michigan

GVSU's professional social innovation program is the only one of its kind in Michigan offering a focus on critical, humanistic, integrative, and interdisciplinary approaches to social issues.

Real-World Experience

GVSU's social innovation program combines internships, global learning, and collaborative projects for a unique experience.


Source: EMSI, 2021

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. The program features graduate courses in social innovation, public administration, social work, and management. Courses are offered in a hybrid format, meeting both face-to-face and online. In-person class meetings are held at the Robert C. Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

Why Study Social Innovation at Grand Valley?


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