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Business Design for Social Impact, Preparation Course

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 42 months
University rank #531 (QS) Online
In this online certificate program in Business Design for Social Impact offered by The New School, students acquire skill in using design processes and other strategies to create and develop social innovative businesses or lead socially conscious initiatives within existing companies. 


Each course builds on the next, taking the Business Design for Social Impact students from The New School concept to venture, from prototyping to validating and creating a tested proof of concept. Students emerge with future-forward business skills such as business model creation, organizational leadership, and pitching socially-relevant ventures to investors. 

Students planning to complete the certificate are advised to take Introduction to Design, Social Impact, and Entrepreneurship first and Launch and Scale Your Social Impact Venture last.

  • Introduction to Design, Social Impact, and Entrepreneurship 

This course introduces students to a human-centered design process and the way it can be applied to develop enterprises with social impact. It also introduces a social justice lens, integrating issues of power and privilege into the design process. Students have an opportunity to practice the methods of discovery and ideation to gain a deeper understanding of the unmet need they are hoping to address through their own venture. This class serves as a foundation for the courses that follow in the Business Design for Social Impact certificate.  

  • Designing Impact: From Idea to Proof of Concept 
In this course, students solidify their own social venture idea and learn skills and strategies with which to create and test prototypes of the idea as a means of developing a proof of concept. They also deepen their understanding of he ecosystem (field or industry) in which they are working and adapt their theory of change in order to strategically intervene in that system to achieve scalable impact.

Programme Structure

  • Course requirements: 4 individual online courses
  • Timeline to completion: Courses last six weeks. Most students take two courses per semester. Certificate must be completed in two years, but many students finish in two semesters. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 42 months
    • Duration description
      Six weeks
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2200 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2200 USD for the full programme and a duration of 42 months.
  • National

    2200 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2200 USD for the full programme and a duration of 42 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Cost: $550 per course, $2,200 total cost.


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