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Concurrent Certificate in Social Innovation

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Faculty of Social Sciences

Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 129

The concurrent certificate in Social Innovation is designed for students to develop an academic focus in the development and implementation of solutions for effective, long-term social impact. Completion of the Social Innovation Concurrent Certificate will indicate that students have developed knowledge and competencies in this area.

Certificate Requirements

Any student in an undergraduate degree program at McMaster may declare the certificate, at the time of graduation, and upon completion of the following courses.
Non-McMaster credit may not be utilized in fulfilment of certificate requirements.

No more than 9 units of Level 1 courses may be applied towards the completion of the Concurrent Certificate. It is the student’s responsibility to check for pre-requisites, co-requisites and enrolment restrictions of all courses in these lists. Up to 6 units can overlap with the Interdisciplinary Minor in Community Engagement .


  1. Experiential units are to be completed after required foundation courses are completed to ensure that students have the necessary theoretical and methodological background prior to engaging with community partners.
  2. Visit the Intersession website at https://intersession.mcmaster.ca/ for current INSPIRE 3EL3  course offerings.
  3. For students interested in Citizenship, Human Rights, and Diversity, these are recommended courses:
  4. For students interested in Social Movements, Community Engagement, and Advocacy, these are recommended courses:


18 units total (of which no more than 9 units may be from Level I courses)

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