George Mason University Changemaker Campus

The Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship (MCSE) prepares students and the Mason community to build organizations that solve pressing social and environmental problems. We recognize that those who want to improve conditions often lack the skills they will need to make the changes they seek, and those who learn these skills don’t always realize the amount of good these skills will allow them to accomplish. At MCSE, we aim to change that dynamic. We expect our students to have a unique set of skills that will lead to transformative social and environmental changes.

We direct the Concentration in Social Entrepreneurship for the Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies at George Mason, and we work closely with those who are developing an undergraduate concentration in this area. We also offer two graduate hybrid distance learning courses and a summer interactive institute, the Social Innovation Program, which offers upper level undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students theoretical background, social enterprise consulting experience, and the opportunity to launch a virtual social enterprise. StartUp Mason also helps social entrepreneurs get going, and our Venture Camps and Hackathons provide other ways to explore, experiment, and launch social enterprises.

At MCSE, we are able to leverage the energy of the National Capital Region, a hub of social innovation, information technology, and policy-making. The commitment to innovation at George Mason University, Virginia’s largest institution of higher education and the only one in the DC area, allows us to create an environment where emerging social entrepreneurs will turn innovative ideas into reality.

Changemaker Campus

Launched in 2008, Ashoka offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.