Certificate Programs

Our world today needs leaders that are both ready and willing to tackle our most pressing social needs such as poverty, health care, human rights, education, civic engagement and the environment.

The Centre for Social Impact at Smith School of Business is helping to meet this demand by preparing the next generation of responsible leaders. The Centre offers a Certificate in Social Impact for students enrolled in Queen's Bachelor of Commerce, Accelerated MBA, Executive MBA, Master of International Business and Full-time MBA programs.

The Certificate programs offer participating students an opportunity to augment their degrees with an exciting experience-based, integrative exposure to the dynamic world of social impact – exploring in depth areas such as sustainability, social finance, social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and values-based leadership.

Students who complete the requirements for the Certificate will bring to their employers an in-depth understanding of leading-edge thinking and practice on strategic dilemmas and opportunities regarding responsible leadership.

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Objectives

The Certificate programs have been designed with the following objectives:
  • Provide a meaningful, substantive, high quality experience surrounding issues of social impact for students who choose this accreditation option
  • Allow students to achieve the Certificate concurrent with the completion of their degree within the existing program structure
  • Provide participating students with a truly unique curriculum experience

Components

Each of the Certificate programs has the following three components:
  1. Academic component with social impact themed courses and assignments
  2. Conference and event attendance to expose students to a diversity of topics of social impact, and to give students the opportunity to learn from and network with leaders and practitioners in various fields
  3. Volunteer outreach activities with registered charities or non-profit community organizations
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Certificate Program Components

To earn a Certificate in Social Impact in addition to their Bachelor of Commerce degree, students must complete the following components:

  • Achieve a minimum grade in the mandatory social impact related program courses
  • Complete the required number of elective courses from the approved list of "Social Impact" themed courses
  • Fully participate in one Social Impact Summit and one Social Innovation Bootcamp, both hosted by the Centre for Social Impact
  • Pass an evaluative component associated with each of the conferences in which the student participates
  • Actively participate in approved outreach activities with registered charities or non-profit community organizations
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To earn a Certificate in Social Impact students in addition to their MBA, students in the Accelerated MBA program must complete the following components:

  • Achieve a minimum grade in the mandatory social impact related program courses
  • Write the final individual capstone essay on a social impact related topic
  • Attend social impact related conferences or events
  • Engage in meaningful volunteer outreach with a registered charity or non-profit community organization on a project approved by the Centre
  • Submit a final portfolio summarizing experiences and key takeaways from the program
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To earn a Certificate in Social Impact in addition to their MBA, students in the Full-time MBA program must complete the following components:

  • Achieve a minimum grade in the mandatory social impact related program courses
  • Attend social impact related conferences or events
  • Complete a major project for a business with a social impact focus, or with a registered charity/non-profit organization
  • Submit a final portfolio summarizing experiences and key takeaways from the program
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To earn a Certificate in Social Impact, students in the Master of International Business program must complete the following components:

  • Complete the required elective courses and assignments
  • Engage in meaningful volunteer outreach with a registered charity or non-profit community organization on a project approved by the Centre
  • Attend social impact related conferences or events
  • Submit a final portfolio summarizing experiences and key takeaways from the program
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To earn a Certificate in Social Impact in addition to their MBA, students in the Executive MBA program must complete the following components:

  • Complete the required assignments
  • Engage in meaningful volunteer outreach with a registered charity or non-profit community organization on a project approved by the Centre
  • Attend social impact related conferences or events
  • Complete a major project for a business with a social impact focus, or with a registered charity/non-profit organization
  • Submit a final portfolio summarizing experiences and key takeaways from the program
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