Social Entrepreneurship Minor

NYU Wagner's Minor in Social Entrepreneurship is offered in conjunction with the NYU Stern School of Business.

Social entrepreneurship is an emerging field that crosses public and private boundaries. Some examples include:

  • Nonprofit and government entities harnessing the power of markets for public benefit

  • The development and rise of mission-driven, stakeholder-focused businesses
  • Microfinance practices blurring the edges of philanthropy and investment through the use of market forces while delivering financial returns and societal benefits
  • 'Intrepreneurs' building the infrastructure necessary to improve the operations and management systems of public, private, and nonprofit entities to achieve socially advantageous results

Students will take carefully-selected courses at Wagner and Stern that explore the concepts of students as "changemakers;" entrepreneurship; and the management practices, public policy implications, and social and economic consequences of the rise in social entrepreneurship domestically and internationally.


All students must complete a minimum of four courses to satisfy the inter-school minor requirements: an introductory course, a practicum course, and at least two additional courses. Stern undergraduate students cannot double-count required business core or major courses toward this minor. A minimum of 14 total credits is required. Students must take at least 6 credits at each school.

Choose one Introductory course:

UPADM-GP 264, Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: How to Change the World One Venture at a Time (4 credits)

UPADM-GP 265, Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators & Problem Solvers (4 credits) OR MULT-UB.65, Fundamentals of Social Entrepreneurship: Problem Solving an Integration (4 credits)

BSPA-UB 41 Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits) [formerly MULT-UB 41]

Choose one Practicum course:

    UPADM-GP 266, Advanced Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (4 credits)

    UPADM-GP 267, Practicum in Social Entrepreneurship (4 credits)

    BSPA-UB 70, Social Innovation Practicum (3 credits)

    MULT-UB 301, Launch!: Business Start-up Seminar (3 credits)

    Choose one of the following:

    BSPA-UB 43, Economic Inequality: Perspectives & Practices (3 credits)

    BSPA-UB 44, Sustainable Business and the New Economy (3 credits)

    ECON-UB 223, Social Enterprise and Economic Development: The India Context (4 credits) [open only to Stern students]

    MGMT-UB 1 (or MGMT-UB.9001), Management & Organizational Analysis (4 credits) [Stern students may not count this course towards the minor]

    MGMT-UB 7, Managing People and Teams (3 credits)

    MGMT-UB 25, Managing Change (3 credits)

    MGMT-UB 42, Economic Inequality (2 credits)

    MGMT-UB 85, Patterns of Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

    MGMT-UB 86, Entrepreneurship & Law in Practice (2 credits)

    MULT-UB 40, Entrepreneurship for the New Economy (3 credits)

    MULT-UB 68, Sustainability for Competitive Advantage (3 credits)

    MULT-UB 103, Experiential Learning Seminar:  Social Impact Consulting (2 credits)

    MULT-UB 105, Emerging Technologies in the Energy Industry (3 credits)

    Choose one of the following:

    UPADM-GP.101, The Politics of Public Policy
    UPADM-GP.102, Introduction to Social Impact
    UPADM-GP.217, Sustainable Urban Development
    UPADM-GP.224, Philanthropy, Advocacy and Social Change
    UPADM-GP.242, The Business of Nonprofit Management
    UPADM-GP.267, Practicum in Social Entrepreneurship


    Adrienne Smith, Undergraduate Studies Administrator, NYU Wagner

    For information regarding Stern course registration, please contact