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. Plus, when you graduate from the Executive Program, you will have completed 40% of the credits you’ll need to get a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Meet our most recent classes:

Class of 2018       |      2018 Teaching Team
Class of 2017       |      2017 Teaching Team

Check out our very own CSIS Studios: Stories of changemakers and tools to help you achieve maximum impact.

Download our CSIS 2019 Viewbook (59 downloads) to learn more!


January 21, 2020 – August 23, 2020 (8 months)

IN-PERSON CONVENING: Week of March 16, 2020


Early Admission ($5,450): October 7, 2019
Early Admission Deposit ($950): November 15, 2019

Regular Admission ($5,950): November 11, 2019
Regular Admission Deposit ($950): December 9, 2019


Why Apply?


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 and Credit Towards a Master's Degree

Upon completing this program, you'll receive a certificate from UPenn, a world-renowned Ivy League university. You'll also have the opportunity to continue your studies after graduation, as you'll be 40% of the way towards completing a master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership at UPenn's School of Social Policy & Practice.

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.

Who Are Our Graduates?

Since 2015, we've trained and supported over 325 impact leaders.

From across
all sectors






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 admissions@socialimpactstrategy.org 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 admissions@socialimpactstrategy.org so we can discuss.

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

December 10, 2018: $950 Deposit Due
January 10, 2019: $2,500 Payment 1 Due
March 10, 2019: $2,500 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 the week of March 18, 2019. During this 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.


What opportunities do you provide alumni?

Alumni are a critical part of the CSIS family, 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 offer one another 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: Ethical Decision Making in Organizations, Data Science for Social Innovation, Nonprofit Governance, Nonprofit Fundraising, Introduction to Social Media Strategies and Impact Management. Download our CSIS 2019 Viewbook (59 downloads) to learn more!

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, please don’t hesitate to reach out at admissions@socialimpactstrategy.org so we can discuss your questions.

What is the refund policy for the Executive Program?

The $950 tuition deposit is not refundable. Refunds on balances paid will be made according to the policy of the School of Social Policy and Practice OpenSP2 refund policy.

OpenSP2 supports requests for refunds to non-credit programs in writing only to the appropriate program leadership, please see the specific program page for contact information. On-demand programs require that refunds requests occur within 14 days of the start of the program, and only if less than 25% of course materials have been engaged with (based on course data analytics). Programs which run on a calendar basis with live class sessions require cancellation and refund requests to be made at least 14 days in advance of the course start date. OpenSP2 may provide a transfer option to individuals who cancel beyond the limits of this policy, that decision is at the discretion of the program leader. Individual programs and programs from affiliated PennSP2 centers each set final program cancellation and refund policies; participants should check program policies before registration and payment. OpenSP2 is a division of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice which receives the right to change, alter, adjust this policy. OpenSP2 reserves the right to cancel any program for low enrollment or other extenuating circumstances at any time, before the start of the program. If SP2 cancels a program, all participants will receive a full refund. Please also note programs offered on 3rd party platforms (edX or Coursera) are subject to the policies of that platform.

Official communications may be sent to admissions@socialimpactstrategy.org