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Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship

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A six-day residential program designed to help social entrepreneurs take enterprises and innovative models to the next level.

Around the world, social entrepreneurs are revolutionizing the approaches to problems in areas such as education, the environment, poverty, health care, and social justice.

The Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship (EPSE) is tailored to the needs of successful social entrepreneurs and the challenges they face. The curriculum is designed to help participants move their mission forward by refining their innovations and leveraging their impact.

Who Should Attend?

EPSE is a multisector program and designed for social entrepreneurs from nonprofit, business, and government entities. Ideal candidates are experienced leaders of social initiatives or organizations. While the educational and professional backgrounds may vary across participants, all attendees hold a high impact role at their organization. Each applicant’s set of skills and experience is considered by the application committee to create a complimentary and inclusive cohort.

All organizations represented at the program have a focus on social impact. While many of the organizations and initiatives represented in EPSE are often younger and in a developmental stage they can also be associated with larger, established organizations launching a new social arm or pivoting an existing model to serve a social cause. 

What to Expect

  • In-class lectures, discussions and exercises led by Stanford MBA faculty
  • A richer understanding of how to integrate organizational mission and strategy
  • An enhanced understanding of the mechanisms, opportunities and challenges of social entrepreneurship
  • A strengthened ability to grow an organization while sustaining the culture
  • Practical methodologies such as design thinking to spur innovation and solve real, complex problems
  • An international network of brilliant social innovators across nonprofit, public, and private-sector boundaries


Participant tuition is calculated on a sliding scale based on the operating budget of the organization the participant represents. Tuition includes all accommodations, meals, and course materials during the program. Accepted applicants representing nonprofits will be eligible to apply for a limited number of merit-based scholarships, which cover the full or partial cost of tuition.

Organization’s Operating Budget Tuition
<$1M $4,000
$1M-$10M $6,200
>$10M $9,000

The Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship is subsidized in part by the Graduate School of Business through its Center for Social Innovation. This allows for the program to be offered at a lower, subsidized tuition rate than the typical cost of $12,000.


Chris Avila Hübschman
Past Participant Spotlight
Founder & CEO, Credit Do, Inc.

This program helped me better understand my organization's potential for growth and ​what I need to do to move our mission forward. Being exposed to the ideas of one of the world's most influential institutions was amazing and the interaction amongst the participants, faculty and staff created a refreshing, open learning environment.


Blair Glencourse
Past Participant Spotlight
Founder & Executive Director, Accountability Lab

I would highly recommend EPSE to any social entrepreneurs who want to turn their ideas into realities. The program provides world-class teaching with experiential learning and a fantastic network of change-makers with which to learn, share and collaborate.