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Honours B.A. in Social Innovation

Élisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation

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This program will be offered in French only for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Program description

This program, which combines management and the social sciences, helps you discover new ways of solving social problems, such as poverty, discrimination and the climate crisis.

In this program you will gain a deeper understanding of these deep-rooted problems, as well as the related systems and institutions. You will also explore models of organizations and social enterprise that can help to mobilize your community to bring about positive and sustainable change.

Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to develop practical skills, including budgeting, strategic planning, project management and citizen engagement. Whether you are launching your own social innovation project or doing an internship in an existing organization, you can apply your knowledge in a concrete and practical way.

An innovative pedagogical approach

Practicing what it preaches, the Élisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation offers a one-of-a-kind education model featuring intensive teaching blocks for mandatory courses.

Instead of attending weekly classes for different courses throughout a semester, you will take one course at a time for three weeks before moving on to the next one. This approach allows for more consistency between courses and more field-trips. It also allows you to focus on one subject at a time.

Mauril-Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop

All students in social innovation are members of the Mauril-Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop, also known as the Atelier. The Atelier is a centre for training and collaboration for people and organizations that want to have a positive impact on the community.

As part of the Élisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation, the Atelier serves as a dynamic hub that cultivates innovative projects, social entrepreneurship and social innovation research. As part of the first year of your program, you will be supported by the Atelier as you work on social innovation projects in partnership with community groups.


This program includes at least one hands-on experience in the field. This experience can be done within an existing organization — in Canada or abroad — or it can involve starting a project.

Who should apply?

Engaged individuals who would like to build or work in organizations that change the world.

Admission details

Registration: for fall and full-time only
Program length: 8 trimesters, or 4 years
Program delivery: on campus
Language: this program is also offered in French.

For more details, please click here.

Scholarship possibilities

Students in this program are eligible for the Special School of Social Innovation scholarship, which offers $4,000 for the first year of studies.

Students who are registered in this program may be eligible for other scholarships. For more information, please click here.

This degree is offered jointly with the University of Ottawa.