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    Jul 15, 2024  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
    
American University Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Innovation for Global Impact (Graduate Certificate)


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Offered by the School of International Service , the Social Innovation for Global Impact (Graduate Certificate) equips students with the knowledge and skills to apply techniques of innovation to social change and activism in a global context, with a special emphasis on human rights, peacekeeping, governance and international development. It has both a curricular and co-curricular component.

Admission to the Program


This certificate is available to students currently enrolled in an American University graduate degree program. It is also open to students with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. Applicants must submit their official transcripts along with a one-page statement of purpose.

Non-native English speakers are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless they hold a degree from a U.S.-accredited institution before enrollment at SIS. The minimum TOEFL score for full admission consideration is 100 on the Internet-based test (iBT) or 600 on the paper-based test (PBT). The minimum IELTS score is 7.0.

Certificate Requirements


  • 12 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 6 credit hours at or above 600-level
  • Complete the SIS Social Innovation Fellows (SIF) co-curricular program
  • Compliance with all regulations for a certificate (Graduate Academic Regulations 4.11 5 , 6 )

Course Requirements


Competence Acquisition (9 credit hours)


Complete 9 credits from the following, or other social innovation-related courses approved by faculty advisor:

Competence Application (3 credit hours)


Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or other courses approved by faculty advisor:

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