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Eligibility & Admissions

Who is this program for?

This major is ideal for impact-oriented students who want to learn how to solve social, environmental, or economic challenges facing the world today. Whether you plan on working for another organization or becoming an entrepreneur, this program is built to support you along your entrepreneurial journey.

This program is suitable for those who have interest and/or experience in various academic areas including social impact, entrepreneurship, political science, environmental sciences, mental health, sociology, and more.

How do I apply for the Bachelors of Science in Social Entrepreneurship?

You can begin the application process by submitting an application to Lynn University and selecting ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ as your major of interest.”

What are the costs of this program?

You learn more about Lynn University Tuition & Aid here.

Experience & Curriculum

What is this program?

The Bachelor of Science in Social Entrepreneurship from Lynn University, in collaboration with Watson Institute, is a 3-year accelerated major built for students to study the fields of entrepreneurship, social impact, and business, gain real-life experience as interns with leading organizations in their field, and develop skill sets necessary to create impactful, successful careers.

How does Watson Institute partner with Lynn University?

Lynn University and Watson Institute work together because we believe that to solve the toughest challenges facing the world, we must equip the next generation with the necessary tools, network, mindset, and courage to unleash a lifetime of impact.

Watson Institute first aligned with Lynn in October 2014. In August 2018, Watson and Lynn welcomed a pioneering class of gritty idealists. to participate in a one-of-a-kind Bachelor of Science in Social Entrepreneurship on Lynn University’s campus in Boca Raton, Florida.

Upon completion of this program, students graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Entrepreneurship from Lynn University. Major courses and key programmatic elements (Mentor Program, Master Courses, Internships) are facilitated by the Watson Institute team on campus.

What courses will I take as a part of the major?

You can view all the courses for Social Entrepreneurship, B.S. Program here:

What are unique components offered through this program?

There are many programmatic elements that are only accessible to students in the Social Entrepreneurship program. These include:

Master Courses

Twice a month, we invite thought leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals from across the world to lead ‘master courses’ and one on one mentorship sessions that allow Scholars to join their journeys, learn from successes and failures, and ask questions. Previous master course teachers include: Jerry White who helped lead the International Campaign to Ban Landmines which co-received the Nobel Peace Prize; Jeff Hoffman the co-founder of and; and Erin Schrode, the youngest person to run for US Congress.

Mentor Network

Each student is paired with two Watson Mentors, who themselves are successful entrepreneurs, executives, and community leaders. Each scholar meets with their mentors approximately weekly throughout the year to discuss both professional and personal challenges and decisions. The mentorship program is consistently ranked one of the most impactful elements of the Watson Institute program.

Employer Network and Internships

The Employer Network is intended to highlight a database of impactful companies and organizations that are interested in working with Watson Institute’s scholars and alumni. During students’ time in the program, the Watson Institute team works with each of our students to help place them in valuable internships. For seniors, we work with them to identify post-graduation opportunities including jobs and graduate schools.

How can I learn more about this program?

Reach out to Javier Lopez at, Director of Admissions at Watson Institute,  to schedule a time to chat and learn more.

Outcomes and Alumni

What are the career outcomes?

Watson Institute’s 294 Scholars and alumni from 69 countries have raised over $100 million, created over 1,000 part or full-time jobs, and impacted over 5 million people around the world through initiatives they help lead.

Watson alumni include Patrick Mateer who founded Seal the Seasons which has raised over $1.5 million to distribute local, frozen food in 1,000 stores across North Carolina; Abhinav Khanal who created Bean Voyage to enable female coffee farmers to roast, brand, and distribute directly to consumers thus increasing their income 300%; Tessa Zimmerman who founded ASSET Education to equip teachers with the lesson plans and methodologies to support students with severe anxiety. Two Watson alums have been selected to Y Combinator, five named to the Forbes’ 30 under 30 lists, and others are Echoing Green Fellows and continued their education at Harvard University, New York University, and Princeton University, among others.

Students and alumni of the social entrepreneurship program have gone on to work with companies in the corporate, nonprofit, government and education industries. Here’s a few companies where students and alumni have jobs or internships:

  • Align Impact
  • Amazon
  • Ashoka
  • Asset Education
  • Center for Black Innovation
  • Imvest
  • Nepal Tea
  • SIMA Studios
  • Techstars
  • RingCentral