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Master of Social Entrepreneurship


Faculty of Business and Economics
Master of Social Entrepreneurship (MSocEntre)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent
• GPA of 4.00 (out of 7.00) or overseas equivalent
Required Supporting Documents:
• A statement of motivation which includes evidence of: - Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work in diverse groups - Strong professional accomplishments - Academic ability; community impact; social leadership experience and potential
English Language Proficiency:
Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 1.5 years - 2 years depending on RPL granted
North Ryde — Term 1 (1 January 2019)
North Ryde — Term 2 (25 March 2019)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 2 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 64
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Entrepreneurship in Business (4)
Marketing Management (4)
Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (4)
Social Entrepreneurship (4)
Management of Innovation (4)
Activism and Policy Design (4)
4cp from
Management Consulting: The Living Case Study (4)
Management Internship (4)
4cp from
Research Methods for Sustainable Development (4)
Report 1 (4)
Qualitative Methods (4)
32cp from
Business and Professional Ethics (4)
Anthropology of Human Rights and Intervention (4)
Indigenous Interests and Identities (4)
Culture, Commodities and Consumption: Anthropological Approaches to Economic Life (4)
Climate Change Impacts (4)
Managing Cultural Diversity (4)
Leadership for Learning (4)
Innovation and Change in Educational Organisations (4)
Environmental Planning (4)
Sustainable Development: Introductory Principles and Practices (4)
Engaging Society with Sustainable Development (4)
Sustainability Consultancy Work Practice (4)
Social Impact Assessment and Cross Cultural Negotiation (4)
Globalisation and Sustainable Development (4)
Urban Social Impact Assessment (4)
Trade and Environment Law (4)
Environmental Law and Sustainable Development (4)
International Environmental Law (4)
Strategic Human Resource Management (4)
Managerial Self-development (4)
Strategic Management (4)
Leadership and Motivation (4)
Foundations of Management Thought (4)
Entrepreneurship and Existentialism (4)
Law and Management (4)
Public Policy and International Law (4)
Developing Social Policy (4)
Social Care and Human Services (4)


AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 083808F
Overview and Aims of the Program The Master of Social Entrepreneurship (MSE) develops leaders of purpose-driven and financially viable business that addresses important social and environmental needs.
Social Entrepreneurship offers innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges (Ashoka, 2017) regardless of resources currently held (Stevenson, 2001). It is the application of the mindset, processes, tools, and techniques of business entrepreneurship to the pursuit of a social and/or environmental mission. Thus, social entrepreneurship brings to bear the passion, ingenuity, innovativeness, perseverance, planning, bootstrapping abilities, and focus on growth characteristic of business entrepreneurs on the work of meeting our society's most pressing challenges (Kickul and Lyons, 2016).
Social Entrepreneurship embodies the enterprising spirit of the private sector and the power of economic markets to generate and deliver solutions to problems. On the other hand, it strives to intervene in broken markets in an effort to repair them and places the public interest ahead of private interests (Dees, 1998).
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program graduates will be able to:

1. critically reflect on global and local issues and on the power of business to offer innovative solutions.
2. analyse and assess the ethical, environmental and social impacts of business decisions and actions.
3. integrate CSR and social entrepreneurship frameworks into existing and new organisations.
4. develop and implement innovative solutions, models and frameworks to address social and environmental needs.
5. create their own social enterprise or support existing purpose-driven organisations.

6. apply research abilities to enhance related knowledge and social solutions.
Learning and Teaching Methods The program incorporates a variety of practical, immersive and experiential learning and teaching methods including: formal lectures, group discussions, group projects, interactions with practitioners, online learning, practical experience, guest speaking, in-community projects, internships, exchange programs, site visits, tours and individual capstone-like research or workplace-based projects both locally and overseas, via partnership and exchange agreements with MGSM.
Students are exposed to frameworks related to the fundamentals of management and strategy. These frameworks, combined with students' existing experience, form the basis for discussion and collaboration within the interactive environment of the classroom. Material will be applied directly to starting up social enterprises, and social enterprise business situations through participation in exchange programs, research projects, in-community or workplace projects (internships), case studies and assessment.
Assessment MGSM
• Assessment of student learning and feedback on progress are facilitated through unit assessments. Assessment tasks are aligned with learning outcomes for each unit and targeted graduate capabilities.
• All standard, 4 credit point units taught at MGSM are structured to have a standard student workload of 150 hours, including 40 hours of assessment allocated to a combination of group and individual assessment items, based on the learning outcomes of each unit.
• The MGSM applies an annual Assurance of Learning Programme (AOL) in which students are assessed on rubrics based on the mission-driven attributes of leadership, global mindset, sustainable value and citizenship. Results are collected, disseminated and analysed, and used to inform unit and curriculum development as part of a continuous improvement process.
• Students are assessed on both group and individual work in all core units. Syndicate group assessments are considered an important aspect of the collaborative learning approach taken and to reflect the typical environment encountered within a management career.

Assessment methods include:
• individual assignment
• group assignment and report
• individual essay or report
• group presentation
• individual presentation
• group case studies
• individual case studies
• class tests
• final examinations.

Assessment at Macquarie University is conducted within the parameters of the relevant policies and procedures of Macquarie University.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit.

Information can be found at:

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability The Master of Social Entrepreneurship (MSE) provides students with knowledge and tools to allow them to start their own social enterprise or work in an existing one; lead or work in a not-for-profit; manage a company's corporate social responsibility program; or work on social aspects in governmental agencies. In addition to skill development and knowledge enhancement, the MSE exposes students to many guest lecturers from social enterprises or umbrella organisations, such as Social Ventures Australia. This also helps students to increase their network and employment opportunities. Students have an opportunity to complete an internship in a social enterprise, not-for-profit or umbrella organisations. The supervised internship provides students with an important career experience, networking opportunities and professional reflection and development.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

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2019 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148