The courses in this pre-professional area are designed to help students explore the dynamics of social innovation, organizational change, and transformative leadership — with a particular focus on the not-for-profit and government sectors. Different courses expose students to the influential role that individuals can play within these sectors as entrepreneurs, analysts, policymakers, and social architects. Each perspective adds unique insights into the challenges and rewards of mobilizing people, resources, and popular sentiment to address and overcome pressing social issues.

Students interested in Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship are encouraged to consider courses available during the January 2017 term, when signature courses in this area are typically offered. These courses provide exposure to social entrepreneurship initiatives in the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Students spending a semester at NYU New York are encouraged to participate in activities organized by the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship. This university-wide program offers, among other things, a lecture series with prominent social entrepreneurs and leaders from across the spectrum of public and professional sectors.