MSc in Creative Business & Social Innovation

The programme prepares for an international career in the creative economy or NGOs.

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September–May: on-campus academic courses* /June onwards: work experience
Credit value
120 ects

Start date

Early September 2024


Application deadline

June 7, 2024



The MSc in Creative Business & Social Innovation will prepare you for an international career in the creative economy, managing enterprises in the arts, culture, technology or humanitarian sectors. You will learn to ask the right questions, see the bigger picture and develop a better understanding of complexity and globalisation. The programme will give you the skills you need to distinguish yourself from others and make a positive impact on the world.


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Cirque du Soleil is patron of the EDHEC MSc in Creative Business & Social Innovation.



HEC Montréal was chosen as an academic partner because of its excellent reputation for higher education in the management of cultural enterprises and the international positioning of its Mosaic research and training platform.



Founded in Lille in 2010, Initiatives et Cité is a social and solidarity economy-based initiative aimed at fostering meaningful economic development and creating sustainable jobs in Hauts-de-France. EDHEC’s partnership with InitiativesETcité on the Creative Business & Social Innovation course gives students the opportunity to spend a semester working with companies on group projects that have a social impact. These projects enable students to formulate and present recommendations and help them to fine-tune their problem-solving and advisory skills.



La Condition Publique is a cluster for the cultural economy and social innovation. It is home to an incubator of structures (associations, companies or cooperatives) and develops and animates a creative community by supporting the development of project leaders in the artistic, design and social innovation sectors.

*Depending on your background, you may be required to take some remote and self-paced courses in July-August prior to arriving on campus.

Programme Insights

So my name is Sarah Luna, I'm actually Swiss, French and Italian.

I was studying political science in Geneva. So I graduated from a bachelor in political science from the University of Geneva.

I was already interested very much in sustainability and more broadly into ESG. So environmental, social and governance. So there was something with social innovation that was really attractive.

I feel the leaders of tomorrow have to make an impact somehow.

There are a lot of problems in the world right now. I mean, you don't need to enumerate them. But of course, like war, inflation and so on.

I'm more into the sustainability sector, obviously. In my past, I worked closely with the UN goals. So I'm quite familiar with that.

So I think make an impact is also pick your battle. Once you pick a battle, you pick a point where you want to make a difference within that battle and then you strive for it. I found an internship, which is actually
a job in the French system. It's a CDD, it's an early career program.

So a bit like graduate program that big corporations can offer. But I'm going to work at the World Economic Forum for their UpLink team

So UpLink  is a platform created by the forum and it's actually through challenges Ecopreneurs can apply. And then if they succeed in the challenges that we put up on the website, they get access to the network and the investor of the forum and I'm facilitating that link.

It's part of the forum's bigger goal to reach the UN goals by 2030.

So the UN's sustainability goals, there's 17 of them. So those means a lot of different challenges that we need to tackle. And I've always been passionate about those goals since very early on in my academic career.

So it was a it was a great job for me. We need to give a shout out
for the teachers for also allowing us to get that proximity to them. This is not something that you get in every university, I have to say, and it's something that you need to cherish once you get that opportunity.

I mean, we meet only professionals at EDHEC That's the exciting part. Well, almost only, I would say Some of my friends want to work more in the music industry. We had the head of Sony Music Publishing here, Jean-Christophe Bourgeois So like, you get to meet all those
amazing teachers that have a lot to offer. We had people from Montreal, we had, you know, people from every industry within the art and social innovation. And they teach you on the topic that they actually get to experience in their professional life. I mean, you feel like that bubble of
innovation that minds are working together and this is also gets a very exciting working environment.

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FAQ of the MSc in Creative Business & Social Innovation

Social innovation is the process of developing and implementing innovative solutions to complex social and environmental challenges.

EDHEC’s MSc in Creative Business & Social Innovation includes core modules on subjects such as research methodology, lifestyle and social practices, philanthropy, fundraising and lobbying, project management, business ethics, social innovation and social business, creative economy and innovative business, arts management and the entertainment industry. You will also be able to choose electives in areas such as blockchain & cryptocurrencies, digital & strategic human resources management, global justice & human rights, and AI and impact on society.

The MSc in Creative Business & Social Innovation is a master’s programme that will prepare you for a successful career in management in the arts, culture, technology and humanitarian sectors. You will learn, as a future manager, to understand complexity and globalisation and to see the bigger picture, enabling you to make a difference in the world.

You can pursue a range of different professions with a master’s degree in creative business and social innovation, from talent management in the entertainment industry to fundraising, lobbying or organisational management in the humanitarian sector. EDHEC’s MSc in Creative Business and Social Innovation gives you the knowledge and skills you need for a successful business management career in the arts, culture, technology or humanitarian sector.

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