Executive Programs

The Center for Social Impact Strategy provides a number of hybrid executive programs, each aimed to train and support working professionals in creating a greater impact through their work.

Our Programs

The Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy is our most rigorous flagship program. Taking place over 8 months, students leave the program with the tools, community, and confidence needed to effectively drive social change in their communities and work. Graduates receive a Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania and are eligible to complete the Master of Science (MS) in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) in an accelerated format.

An intensive program designed to support people with big ideas. The Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy is an 8-month online and in-person certification from the University of Pennsylvania for leaders and innovators working to make an impact.

Over 8 months, students take 6 online classes, join group discussions, and visit Penn’s campus for an in-person summit to learn new mindsets and approaches to creative program solving with design thinking. We cover a lot of ground, training you with 50+ tools to think strategically and creatively.

Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy

An intensive summer program for creative and socially minded young people in Philadelphia.  The Youth Summer Social Impact Institute is is a 7-week virtual summer program from the University of Pennsylvania for high school students ages 15 and up working to make an impact in their communities and the world.

Over 7 weeks, students will engage in live discussions and asynchronous lessons to build skills around social impact, innovative design, and community building, culminating in a final capstone presentation and a certification of completion from the Center for Social Impact Strategy.

Youth Summer Social Impact Institute

Partner Programs

We work with leading organizations to create customized Executive Programs that specialize in unique and nuanced impact areas. Below are a few of our partner programs. If your organization is interested in partnering and co-creating a learning program, please email us.

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A five-month online and in-person executive program designed to help changemakers advance their digital media strategies.

Who is it for: Mission-driven leaders, activists, tech and media professionals working at the intersection of digital media and social change


Application Deadline: December 8, 2021

Executive Program in Digital Media for Social Impact

An eight-month online and in-person Ivy League certification designed to advance your career in arts and culture.

Who is it for: Early to mid-career professional (at least 3 years of experience) in the arts and culture sector or individuals seeking to enter the sector (with a minimum of 3 years work experience)

Application Deadline: September 26, 2021

Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy
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An innovative five-month executive program that combines rigorous training in design with strategy tools for social impact.

Who is it for: Design professionals who want to utilize their skill set for positive change but aren’t sure where to start or professionals working in mission-driven organizations but need design tools to achieve their goals

Application Deadline: August 1, 2021

Executive Program in Social Innovation Design