Social Entrepreneurship in the Non-profit Sector

Program: SENP
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Part-time - Online
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Field Placements
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 504 hours
Effective: Fall 2021
Location: Orillia


Social Entrepreneurship has emerged as a valuable framework for community development and nonprofit sustainability. It has significantly influenced the nonprofit sector resulting in innovative practices that advance social, environmental and/or cultural missions. Social entrepreneurial practices contribute to the financial sustainability while meeting a need in the marketplace through the sale of goods and services. Social entrepreneurship is a mindset that drives nonprofits to revolutionize traditional supports and services and influence social, environmental and/or cultural change in our local and global communities.

Social entrepreneurs, community leaders and program peers mentor student innovators in building a social enterprise business plan as well as navigating the complexities associated with the management of social enterprise ventures within the nonprofit sector.

Career Opportunities

Social entrepreneurs have the opportunity to revolutionize the nonprofit sector, public and private organizations. Potential roles for social entrepreneurs include social enterprise manager, business developer, community developer, social entrepreneur, community mobilizer, project manager, and social innovation manager.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. align leadership style to manage personal, organizational and community change;
  2. employ creativity and innovation strategies through the design thinking and ideation processes;
  3. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new local and global opportunities in non-profits and communities;
  4. develop social programs to foster positive social, environmental and/or cultural change in the community;
  5. incorporate best practices in the plan, development and implementation of social programs and enterprises;
  6. select and Implement effective administrative and business skills to manage a social enterprise within the context of a non-profit organization;
  7. design a business plan for a social enterprise that incorporates research, finance, and marketing elements.

Admission Requirements

Minimum of a two-year College diploma or equivalent; a three-year diploma or a university degree is preferred.

Graduation Requirements

9 Program Courses
2 Field Placements

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.

Program Tracking 

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
SENP 1000 Personal, Organizational and Community Leadership for Change 42
SENP 1001 Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Perspectives 42
SENP 1002 Managing Social Enterprises in the Nonprofit Sector 42
SENP 1003 Design Thinking and Ideation 42
SENP 1004 Financial Sustainability in the Nonprofit Sector 42
Field Placement  
SENP 1007 Field Study Practicum 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
BNTR 1005 Marketing Innovations and Planning 42
BNTR 1011 Research and Concept Validation 42
SENP 1005 Measuring, Evaluating and Scaling Social Enterprise 42
SENP 1006 Business Planning for Social Enterprises in the Nonprofit Sector 42
Field Placement  
SENP 1008 Social Entrepreneurship Launch Pad 84
 Total Hours504

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of one year (as stated above) may take a maximum of two years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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