Do you want to change the world? Whether you’re developing an idea, or working within an existing company, the Executive Program helps you innovate, build, and scale.

We support people with big ideas. Students in our Executive Program come from all industries, including non-profits, for-profits, government agencies, and community organizations. Our students are working to grow their social enterprise, bring tested approaches to their companies, learn more about the social impact landscape, and expand their network.  Read about the

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Take our free, on-demand courses in Social Impact Strategy (on Coursera) and in Corporate Social Responsibility (on edX) to assess your interest in delving deeper into social impact strategy. Follow CSIS on Facebook to hear about the progress of our current students and opportunities to apply to be part of the incoming class.

January 30, 2018 – September 8, 2018 (8 months)

IN-PERSON CONVENING: March 27-30, 2018
COMMENCEMENT: September 5-7, 2018

EARLY BIRD Deadline: October 15, 2017, $4,450
FINAL Deadline: November 19, 2017, $4,950

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Access Tools You Can Use Immediately

Our 8-month curriculum is designed to help you put your learning into practice right away, giving you access to tools, frameworks & resources that you can use in building and scaling your ideas.

Earn a University of Pennsylvania Certificate

While we know your impact is what matters, having something extra to show for it doesn’t hurt. You’ll receive a certificate from UPenn when you complete the program!

Join a Supportive Global Community

Launching and scaling solutions can feel lonely sometimes. You're not going it alone -- the UPenn community is made up of global thought leaders and changemakers who are ready to support your impact idea.

Learn From Wherever You Are

Complete the Executive Program from wherever you are in the world. We'll convene at UPenn's campus for four days of connection, learning, and community-building, but the rest of your learning will take place online among your community of colleagues.

Keep Your Day Job and Get New Perspectives

Whether your impact idea is directly related to your job or you're building it on the side, you can complete this program at the same time. You'll attend class on your own schedule, fitting 4-8 hours of coursework into your weekly calendar.

Complete Your Work At Your Pace

You can schedule your one-on-one sessions with social impact experts during times that work best for you. Connect with your classmates from every time zone across the globe each week for interactive group discussions.

Over Two Years, We've Helped Transform the Impact of 225 Students

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Questions? We're Here to Answer Them!

How will my application be evaluated?

We want to hear your story, your hopes and dreams and what you want to accomplish in your career. We are looking to learn about you, what you’re passionate about, what you want to learn and why. Whether you’re looking to grow your current organization, want to transition into more social impact work, or you’re trying to have the time and space to reboot and consider what’s next, be honest about where you’re at in your journey. We hope that the application process might serve as a reflective practice for you to step back and articulate what you’re hoping to accomplish. If you have questions about admissions, please don’t hesitate to reach out at so we can discuss.

Are financial aid or scholarships available?

Our program is designed to have the lowest tuition possible without losing the integrity of the educational experience. We’re proud to say it’s one of the most affordable executive programs available today. Since the program tuition is already being offered at a discounted rate relative to other similar programs, we’re unfortunately unable to offer any scholarships. We can, however, offer students who would like additional time to complete their payment the option of an interest-free payment plan over the course of 3.5 months. Previous students have gotten partial or full tuition covered from their employers as well, and we also encourage students to crowdfund if possible. If you have questions about finances, please don’t hesitate to reach out at so we can discuss.

We offer the following interest-free payment plans for students who may require additional time to pay their tuition:

December 15, 2017: $950 Deposit Due
January 14, 2018: $2,000 Payment 1 Due
March 14, 2018: $2,000 Payment 2 Due

What is the in-person programming?

Our program also features an in-person learning component which is critical to our educational model. The in-person component will take place at the University of Pennsylvania from March 27-30, 2018, during which time you will complete critical coursework in design thinking and leadership. You will also solidify relationships with the other members of the cohort to share your ideas and build connections that facilitate your learning throughout the year.

As you know, most of our course material is delivered online. The program also features a four day, in-person learning component which is critical to our educational model, as it gives students an opportunity to meet one another, share their ideas and build connections. It really allows us to build a strong community, so we can continue to support each other down the line.

What opportunities do you provide alumni?

Alumni are the lifeline to our programs and they receive lifelong access to the CSIS community. We have a private Facebook group dedicated to conversations online for anyone in our network to share resources and support one another, as well as an online Global Network connecting our entire alumni community. We also host a free summit in Philadelphia to bring our diverse community together and enliven one another with a deep sense of community and connection.

What courses will I take during the program?

You will complete a total of six online courses and attend an in-person convening at the University of Pennsylvania. Required courses include: Social Impact Strategy, Business Models for Social Enterprise, Community and Collaboration, and Marketing for Social Impact. Students select two additional electives: Nonprofit Governance, Nonprofit Fundraising, Introduction to Social Media Strategies and Impact Management, Data for Social Impact and Ethics.

Are there any prerequisites to apply?

No, there are no educational prerequisites to apply for this program — we are looking for leaders across all industries with a variety of perspectives.

If you have questions about, please don’t hesitate to reach out at so we can discuss your questions.