About this Program

The graduate certificate in Social Justice & Entrepreneurship focuses on students cultivating tools that are essential to launching and sustaining successful activist, community organizing, non-profit, social entrepreneurial, and social justice-based programs/initiatives. These tools include action plan development and implementation, fundraising and grant writing, social media and on-the-ground mobilization and engagement, community-driven problem solving, attracting and engaging media and stakeholders, organizational communication strategies and developing sustainable and responsive programs by identifying and assessing opportunities and resources. These skills are paired with critical tools drawn from studying the history, ethics and principles of social justice activities.  

Program Highlights

  • The program focuses on generating entrepreneurial solutions that solve seemingly intractable problems of social justice. In particular, students are encouraged to address problems of community equity as they address numerous issues ranging from arts to housing and in between.

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Craft Artists

$41,180 Median Salary

Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

Social and Community Service Managers

$77,030 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

Training and Development Specialists

$64,700 Median Salary

Design and conduct training and development programs to improve individual and organizational performance. May analyze training needs.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

$48,430 Median Salary

Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.


What are the requirements to apply for Social Justice & Entrepreneurship at ODU?
Students entering the Certificate program in Social Justice & Entrepreneurship should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

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Professor & Chair

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Office Manager

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