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 (one from each school). 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. This means that if the introductory course is taken at Stern (-UB), the practicum course must be taken at Wagner (-GP), and vice versa.

Choose one Introductory course:

UPADM-GP 265, Fundamentals of Social Entrepreneurship: Problem Solving and Integration (4 credits)

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

Choose one Practicum course:

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

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

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

BSPA-UB 2000, Stern International Volunteers: Ghana (3 credits) [open only to Stern students]

BSPA-UB 103, Experiential Learning Seminar:  Social Impact Consulting (3 credits)

NOTE: If the introductory course is taken at Stern (-UB), the practicum course must be taken at Wagner (-GP), and vice versa

Choose one of the following Stern courses:

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

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

BSPA-UB 45, Sustainability Impact Consulting in Costa Rica (3 credits)  [open only to Stern students]

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

BSPA-UB 103, Experiential Learning Seminar:  Social Impact Consulting (3 credits)

BSPA-UB 2000, Stern International Volunteers Ghana (3 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 if it was also taken as part of their business core or major]

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

MGMT-UB 25, Managing Change (3 credits)

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

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

Choose one of the following Wagner Courses:

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 and Social Change
UPADM-GP.242, The Business of Nonprofit Management
UPADM-GP.267, Social Entrepreneurship Incubator & Practicum
UPADM-GP.269, How to Change the World: Advocacy Movements and Social Innovation


Adrienne Smith, Undergraduate Studies Administrator, NYU Wagner

For information regarding Stern course registration, please contact