Professional Master of Arts in Social Innovation

Preparing graduate students to be change agents, leading cross-sector innovation throughout their organizations, businesses, and communities

Social innovation (SI) is an emerging professional field focused on impact-driven, cross-sector careers (e.g. governmental and non-profit work, socially-focused entrepreneurship, B Corps). Social innovation is engaged in addressing complex social problems such as: childhood hunger, illiteracy, domestic violence, air pollution, food deserts, contaminated drinking water, poverty, and homelessness.

The SI Program is housed in IRIS: The Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department. It is a signature GVSU Program and the only Social Innovation Program in Michigan. 

Advisory Council
Advisory Council
Innovators, Leaders, and Visionaries

GVSU's graduate program in Social Innovation is advised by a committed group of individuals from across industry, non-profit, and government sectors.



Student Resources

Resources available to prospective and current students in the Social Innovation Graduate Program:


2021-2022 Master's Project Presentations

Save the dates and register to attend the Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Winter 2022 presentations by Social Innovation students in SI 690 and SI 693 as they showcase their research proposals and culminating projects. Refer to the Master's Project Presentations page for more details.

  • SUMMER 2021: July 28, 2021 @ 6 PM
  • FALL 2021: November 30, 2021 @ 6 PM
  • WINTER 2022: April 13, 2022 @ 6 PM