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MASJ – Social Enterprise Concentration


Curriculum Planning WorksheetMASJ-Social Enterprise Concentration

The Institute of Pastoral Studies and Quinlan School of Business partner to offer an optional concentration in Social Enterprise. With this track, students will have the opportunity to develop, in consultation with their academic advisors, course plans that will help them gain understanding and nurture business skills specific to their interests and context. Students can focus on areas such as marketing, management, leadership, operations, accounting, entrepreneurship, and more. With business knowledge and skills, graduates of the MASJ-SE program will be equipped to lead social justice organizations effectively and sustainably over time, increasing the depth and breadth of their social impact. 

The MA in Social Justice is a 36 credit hour degree that requires 8 core courses and 3 elective courses along with a sequence of Contextual Education courses (3 credit hours) and a Final Integration Project. For the Concentration in Social Enterprise, students must take their 3 elective courses from among those comprising the MBA program at the Quinlan School Business (QSB). One of those business courses must be MGMT 485: Social Enterprise. The other two business courses will be chosen according to each student's experience, context, and goals in consultation with their academic advisor at the IPS and the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Quinlan School of Business.

Concentration in Social Enterprise ElectivesCourse Description
MGMT 485 Social Enterprise Social enterprise seeks to create ventures that provide critical social services in innovative ways using the concepts and methods of business. This course aims to prepare students to engage in social enterprise by focusing on how to create social value by business means; how to start and sustain an entrepreneurial social venture; how to scale social innovation and grow an organization; how to obtain funding and generate earned revenue; how to adopt an appropriate legal governance structure and tax status; and how to measure, document, and communicate social impact.
Quinlan Elective  
Quinlan Elective


The list below includes relevant and ongoing graduate courses offered by QSB most appropriate to this degree concentration and available as electives. This list is illustrative, not exhaustive: students work with their academic advisor to identity and select appropriate elective courses based on their experience, context, and goals.

MASJ-SE Quinlan Courses
Course Descriptions 
MGMT 435: Microenterprise Consulting In the Jesuit tradition of using knowledge to serve humanity, students utilize and improve their business knowledge and skills by meeting the real-life business consulting needs of individual entrepreneurial and not-for-profit clients starting up or operating businesses in economically distressed communities.
Outcomes: Students improve skills in service-oriented communication, project management, teamwork, and cross-functional business analysis; and learn how locally-owned business can foster community economic development. Consulting clients receive a feasibility analysis or business plan to help guide business operations and obtain financing for a new or struggling business.
MGMT 481: Entrepreneurship This course enables the students to develop their new venture ideas. We discuss how to cultivate new business ideas, form venture teams, evaluate the opportunities, and design a firm to bring the ideas to life. At the end, each venture team produces a business plan.
Outcome: The students learn how all major functions of a business come together in a new venture. This course will help those who might want to start their own business in the future. It will also help those who will work for existing companies by encouraging them to think more strategically and creatively about business.
MGMT 480: Recognizing Entrepreneurial Opportunities This course will focus on the very early stages of the entrepreneurial process. We will discuss how new opportunities are discovered and how societal value is created throughout this process. In its approach, the course will be based on classic theoretical readings, the insights of economics, strategic management, organizational studies, psychology and cognitive science.
Outcome: Apply analytical and critical thinking skills to identify untapped entrepreneurial opportunities.
ACCT 400 - Financial Accounting for Business Decisions This course is an introduction to the accounting function that is used to measure and communicate business transactions. The focus is on understanding financial information to facilitate better decisions.
Outcome: Students will be able to identify the impact of business transactions on the basic financial statements: the income statement, the statement of financial position, the cash flow statement, and the statement of changes in owners equity. Students will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of the financial statements and their implications on various business decisions.
MGMT 472 - Organizational Change & Development This course focuses on the manager's role as a change agent in implementing effective change management and organizational development.
Outcome:  Students will apply change theory frameworks in analyzing different types of organizational change such as mergers and restructuring and will learn how to manage resistance to change, facilitate change implementation and foster long-term acceptance of change by employees. Special Note:  MGMT 472 is cross-listed with HRIR 431.
MGMT 441 - Business Ethics This course examines the ethical aspects of individual and corporate decision making in business and provides resources for making ethical decisions within the context of managerial practice.
Outcome: Students will be acquainted with the concepts and principles of ethical reasoning that have been developed in ethical theory; be aware of the specific ethical issues that arise in management and of the ways in which these issues are commonly analyzed; and be able to make sound ethical and managerial decisions and to implement those decisions within the context of an organization in a competitive marketplace.
MGMT 446 - International Business Ethics This is an advanced business ethics course that addresses the ethical issues that arise in the global business environment, including the standards for the operation of multinational corporations and the ethical perspectives of managers in different countries.
Outcome:  Students will understand the specific ethical problems of international business and of different ethical perspectives; develop skills for personal decision making and for developing and implementing ethical corporate policies in international business; and learn how to work toward more effective background institutions and forms of international business regulation.
HRER 417 - Managing and Motivating in the Workplace The course primarily explores the structure and function of human behavior in organizations. Students will be introduced to the principles of theory of perception, motivation, decision-making, job and organizational design as they relate to organizational realities such as power, politics and change.
Outcome: Students will gain a better understanding of both individual and group behavior in organizational settings and will be able to view organizational change through globalization, diversity, technology, and ethics.
MARK 460 - Marketing Management This course develops a broad understanding of the marketing principles that undergird successful marketing strategies and marketing plans with special attention given to international and ethical considerations.
Outcome: Students use and apply marketing principles, strategic research, consumer analysis and target marketing to either a project or to case studies.
MARK 566 - Integrated Media Planning The course provides an overall understanding of media planning: basic media concepts, buying and selling of media, development and evaluating effective media strategies and plans, and the role that media plays in an integrated marketing and communications plan.  The course is recommended for students with little or no media planning experience. 
MARK 468 - Digital Marketing This course develops an understanding of the Internet as part of an overall marketing strategy by considering the ways in which the Internet has changed marketing and business. The course covers topics such as online consumer behavior, web analytics, online advertising, email, social media, mobile, and search engine marketing (paid and organic). In addition to learning fundamental principles of digital channels, students will apply the learned principles in a class project; example projects include creating a paid search campaign for a client, running a digital marketing simulation, writing a digital marketing plan, or conducting a social media audit.
Outcome: Students develop the power to act effectively by using technology in increasingly complex buying environments. Prerequisite: MARK 460.

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The Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago (IPS), is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. The Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) granted full accreditation to IPS on June 10, 2019.

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The following IPS degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality (Professional MA), Master of Arts in Counseling for Ministry (Professional MA), Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (Professional MA), and the Master of Arts in Social Justice (Professional MA) were also approved, as were our comprehensive online (distance education) programs.

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Social Justice and Social Enterprise Certificate