Executive Education

Executive Program in Faith and Social Impact

An intensive program designed to support people with big ideas in the intersection of faith and social impact. 

A collaboration between the Center for Social Impact Strategy and Interfaith Philadelphia, the Executive Program in Faith and Social Impact is an 8-month online certification from the University of Pennsylvania. Combining the Center’s action-oriented Social Impact Strategy curriculum with interfaith learning and networking opportunities, the novel program is for leaders and innovators working on social impact projects in religiously diverse environments (teams, constituents, communities, donors).

Prospective students may include: 

  • Educators in religiously, racially, culturally diverse learning environments.
  • People delivering faith-based solutions in your city/region.
  • Faith leaders who transcend traditional boundaries and/or are looking to end conflict around the world.
  • College and hospital chaplains serving religiously, racially, culturally diverse student/patient populations.
  • Seminarians and recent seminary graduates looking to enhance their education.
  • People leading congregations in religiously, racially, culturally diverse communities.
  • Civil Servants, Human Resource Professionals, and Community Organizers.
  • Lifelong learners wanting to deepen their understanding and skills for interfaith engagement.

Download a viewbook, attend information sessions, and read more below. When you’re ready, apply at Penn’s Online Learning Initiative by clicking the “Apply” button.

*You do not need to identify with a particular faith or spiritual orientation in order to benefit from the increased interfaith knowledge and collaboration explored in this Executive Program.

Request Program Viewbook

Applications for the 2022 cohort are now open. Once you request a program viewbook, you will be automatically signed up to receive email alerts about the 2022 Executive Program in Faith and Social Impact. 

Apply Now

Applications Download a viewbook, attend information sessions, and read more below. When you’re ready, apply at Penn’s Online Learning Initiative by clicking the Apply Now button. 


Key Details

Virtual Convening
March 15-17, 2022
Program Duration
January 20, 2022 – August 31, 2022
Early Decision Tuition
$5,450
Early Decision Application Deadline
October 17, 2021
Regular Decision Tuition
$5,950
Regular Decision Application Deadline
November 17, 2021

Get Tools You Can Use Immediately

Our 8-month curriculum is designed to help you put your learning into practice right away, educating students in more than 50 strategic tools, frameworks & resources that you can use to build and scale your ideas.

Earn Ivy League Credentials

Upon completing this program, you’ll receive a certificate from the University of Pennsylvania. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your studies as a master’s student  in Nonprofit Leadership at Penn’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 Penn community is made up of global thought leaders and world changers who are ready to support your impact idea. Connect with your teaching team and classmates from across the globe for optional weekly interactive group discussions.

Learn from Wherever You Are

Complete the Executive Program from wherever you are in the world. 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 4-6 hours of coursework into your weekly calendar as you see fit. New material is released weekly, and the core curriculum is recorded and remains available, once released, throughout the program. So you can learn when it’s right for you, and return to material later in the program. Submission deadlines keep you on track to earning your certificate.

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 4-6 hours of coursework into your weekly calendar as you see fit.

Complete Your Work at Your Pace

New material is released weekly, the core curriculum recorded, and remains available, once released, throughout the program. So you can learn when it’s right for you, and return to material later in the program. Submission deadlines keep you on track to earning your certificate.


More About Interfaith Philadelphia

Interfaith Philadelphia is a non-sectarian, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 2004.  In order to promote social harmony and inter-religious understanding, Interfaith Philadelphia equips individuals and communities for interfaith engagement, builds collaborative relationships and stands in solidarity with our diverse neighbors. Their vision is to reflect the vibrancy of a religiously diverse democracy, one in which all people are valued, distinctive traditions are welcomed, and people of diverse backgrounds collaborate to shape a just and compassionate society.

With a focus on long term, enduring impact, all of their initiatives incorporate the following critical components: equipping individuals with competencies for interfaith engagement, building relationships of mutual trust and solidarity, and advancing interfaith understanding in the public sphere. 


Program Instructors

Program Team

Rosemary Clark-Parsons
Program Manager
Ariel Schwartz
Managing Director
Bronwen Mayer Henry
Director of Curricular Innovation, Interfaith Philadelphia
Elizabeth Royer
Communications and Training Manager, Interfaith Philadelphia
Abby Stamelman Hocky
Executive Director, Interfaith Philadelphia
Rev. Edward Livingston
Director of Religious Community Initiatives, Interfaith Philadelphia

How 8 Months of Learning Unfold

January
Orientation

Set intentions, meet classmates and the teaching team, and get comfortable with the learning platform.

February
Social Impact Strategy

In this core class, you’ll gain access to the tools and training you need to articulate your mission, understand and convene stakeholders, and develop a strategy to build a successful social enterprise or initiative.

March
Virtual Convening

Cultivate empathetic and human-centered practices to develop new ideas.  Make connections with fellow classmates.

April
Community & Collaboration

In this core class, you’ll learn techniques for understanding communities, mapping the abundant resources we have around us and cultivating partnerships.

May
Marketing for Social Impact

In this core class, you’ll understand how to identify what clients and customers need– and build a marketing platform to share your idea successfully.

June
Business Models for Social Enterprise

In this core class, you’ll gain the knowledge to build something that lasts via an innovative funding model.

July
Program Electives

To complete your certificate requirements, choose and complete two electives. Upon completing all certificate requirements, students will then have the opportunity to access any additional elective content that you choose.  Electives include: Impact Management, Research Design, Digital Media for Social Movements, Data Science for Social Innovation, Ethical Decision-Making in Social Organizations, Volunteer Management, and Unleashing Large Scale Social Movements

August/September
Certificate

Once you complete your coursework, and it is certified by the teaching team, you will have earned a Certificate of Completion. Although the CSIS Executive Program in Faith and Social Impact Strategy is a non-credit program, alumni are eligible to complete the Master of Science (MS) in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) in an accelerated format.   


Download a Program Viewbook

See the program in action and read about the Executive Program’s faculty, curriculum, and how alumni have put their learnings to use. Once you submit your download request, you will be automatically signed up to receive email alerts about the 2022 Executive Program in Faith and Social Impact.  


Executive Program Webinars

Thank you for your interest in the Executive Program in Faith and Social Impact. Learn more by viewing our recorded informational webinars below! We will also hold live webinars starting in August. Check back for scheduling and sign-up info, or receive alerts by downloading a viewbook, which will put you on our email list about this program.

Info Session (10/28/2021) at 4:00pm EST
Register

Recorded Webinars

2022 Executive Program: Information Session #1


Frequently Asked Questions

"What do you mean by ‘faith’? If I don’t align with a specific faith, will that impact my participation?"

We define ‘faith’ broadly, speaking to both formal and informal structures of community, practice, worldview, belief, and spirituality, including those individuals and communities who self-identify as spiritual, atheist, agnostic, secular, or non-practicing. For us, “interfaith” includes the exchange between people of differing religions, and between people who are religious and non-religious. In a world where religious and cultural groups are often siloed from one another, interfaith engagement provides a way to encounter and better understand different beliefs and worldviews without proselytizing. We believe that everyone, regardless of religious or spiritual orientation, benefits from self-knowledge, shared vulnerability, and community learning with people from religions, cultures, and worldviews different from their own.

How will my application be evaluated?

We want to hear your story, your goals for society, 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. 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.

 

The essays are short but extremely important. This is where we learn your goals for the world and the program, and the best way we can assess whether you are at a stage in your venture or career to benefit from participating. We encourage concise, detailed responses.

 

In the first essay, tell us about the social impact issue area or initiative that you are most passionate about contributing to, and why. Each week of the Executive Program is designed for students to articulate some aspect of this issue, even if they are still ideating. We need to see that you can try ideas out, on paper, concisely and with specifics. You don’t have to pretend that everything is already figured out — actually, we hope you won’t. Instead, share your assumptions about this issue and the things you need to learn in order to take the next step in this work. 

 

In the second essay, help us understand why you think this program is right for you. What aspects do you most look forward to? What do you hope to accomplish professionally or organizationally in the 8 months of the Executive Program? Why is 2022 the right time for you to undertake our program? 

 

In the third essay, describe your prior actions to support a social mission. Volunteer work, sitting on a board, acting as an engaged funder, working in an organization that did good work either as its main business or on the side…there are many ways to help make the world a better place. 

 

If you have questions about admissions, please don’t hesitate to reach out at admissions@csis.upenn.edu so we can discuss.

Are financial aid or scholarships available?

No. Our program is designed to have the lowest tuition possible without losing the integrity of the educational experience. We’re proud to say it is the most affordable comparable executive program that we are aware of. Since the program tuition is already being offered at a discounted rate relative to similar programs, we’re unfortunately unable to offer 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 months. Some students have received partial or full tuition from their employers or a donor. Feel free to use this template to calculate the program cost for you and to share with your employer if it is useful in your funding applications.  

 

If you have questions about finances, please don’t hesitate to reach out at admissions@csis.upenn.edu so we can discuss.

What is the refund policy for the Executive Program?

A $950 tuition deposit is not refundable. 

 

Refund requests for the remainder of tuition must occur within 14 days of the start of the program, January 19, 2022.

 

Are there any prerequisites to apply?

There are no educational prerequisites to apply for this program — we are looking for leaders across all industries with a variety of perspectives. Applicants should be comfortable learning in the English language, and have the capacity to stream video.  

 

If you have questions, or if you think you might need a learning accommodation, please don’t hesitate to reach out at admissions@csis.upenn.edu so we can discuss your questions.

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 from among that year’s choices. In the past, we have offered: Impact Management, Research Design, Digital Media for Social Movements, Data Science for Social Innovation, Ethical Decision-Making in Social Organizations, Volunteer Management, and Unleashing Large Scale Social Movements. Download the viewbook for course descriptions.

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. Most years, 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. In 2020 and 2021, these summits have been virtual, and while we like welcoming alumni on campus each year, they have been wonderful opportunities to reconnect with curriculum and classmates. We expect to be back on campus in 2022! 

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