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Certificate in Social Impact

Lead the way to a better world

The Certificate in Social Impact can connect you to the knowledge and networks that will place you at the intersection of business and social impact.

Earn an academic Certificate in Social Impact and focus your learning by specializing in one of four topic areas: sustainability, social finance, values-based leadership, social innovation and social entrepreneurship.

The Certificate program is open to students in both the single degree and double degree programs.

Learn more by visiting The Centre for Social Impact website.

“Working towards the Certificate in Social Impact was a truly enriching experience. The interesting mix of lectures, workshops, and networking sessions provided many opportunities to connect with social leaders, learn more about social impact topics, and have inspiring conversations. All of this, and especially the volunteering outreach project, helped me to become a more responsible person and reflect on the impact of my actions. In the future, I strive to integrate my skills, knowledge, and responsibilities as a social leader in my career.”

Rika Hahn, MIB'20

Certificate Components

To earn a Certificate in Social Impact, students in the Master of International Business program must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete social impact themed elective courses and assignments
  • Make an impact by volunteering with your local communities
  • Expand your networks at our annual Social Impact Summit, Social Innovation Bootcamp, and other events (Speaker Series, Brown Bag Lunches, workshops and curated off-site experiences)
  • Access a variety of resources related to social impact topics
  • Summarize your experiences and key takeaways from the program in a final portfolio submission

Queen’s ranks 7th in the world in global impact rankings

- Times Higher Education 2022 Impact Rankings

“My experience while enrolled in the Certificate in Social Impact has been eye opening, inspiring, and transformative. I have never had such exposure to the world of social entrepreneurship, and learned of the immense impact that these organizations can have on local communities, than during the course of completing the certificate. I would recommend enrolling in the Certificate in Social Impact to everyone, but especially to students looking to contextualize their business education in a new light, step outside of their comfort-zone, and try something new that will make as much of an impact on them, as the community around them.”

Ika Janisewski, MIB'20

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