MA in Social Innovation Admissions Requirements

Student Application Checklist and Information

Applications that are submitted and considered complete by the deadline are reviewed for scholarships.


2018-19 Academic Year

Full-time Program: March 15, 2018
Part-time Program: March 15, 2018

Complete Online Application


Send official sealed transcripts documenting each course taken beyond the high school level (whether or not within a degree program) and all degrees awarded. Foreign transcripts must be accompanied by a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES).

Submit to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492


Additional Materials

Please submit online:

  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Four Short Essays
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (one from a professor or individual who can attest to your academic capabilities and one letter from a work supervisor or similar)
  • Two Minute Video

English Language Proficiency Requirements*

*International applicants only.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is mandatory for all applicants educated outside the United States. The test can be waived if English is your primary language or you have obtained a bachelor's degree from the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia. Other exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.

Minimum scores and official score reports:

  • TOEFL: 83
  • IELTS: 7

Please visit Graduate Admissions for more information related to application requirements for international students.

*F-1 International Students: Please note that USD is starting the MASI program in the academic year 2017/2018, and the University will initiate the application process with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to obtain the new program certification to issue the form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 student visa. International applicants will be reviewed, however, an admission decision will not be issued until the program is approved by SEVP.  Fall 2018 will be the earliest term to enroll if the program has been approved by SEVP.

**International applicants who currently reside in the US as the dependents of the employment-based visa holders, such as L-2 or H4, are not restricted from joining the program for the 2017/2018 academic year if admission is granted.

Supplemental Information

Entrance Semester August
Minimum Grade Point Average 3.00 (4.00 scale) in all undergraduate coursework
Required Coursework None Required
Required Experience None Required
Standardized Admission Test None Required
USD Requirements  Graduate Admission Requirements

For more admissions and general information, please contact the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services Miranda Williamson at or visit the Office of Graduate Admissions.