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The Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP) Certificate brings together students who are interested in pursuing a career in the public service sector and expanding their involvement in the community. Non-profit leaders for the 21st century must increasingly understand the blurring of the lines between private, government, and non-profit sectors.

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Applications for the Bridging Disciplines Programs are accepted twice a year, during the fall and spring semesters. Learn additional information and how to apply to the BDPs. Interested students can attend an information session, which are offered throughout the semester.

Any degree-seeking undergraduate at UT-Austin is eligible to apply to the BDPs. Students must plan to be enrolled at UT-Austin as a degree-seeking undergraduate for at least two semesters after the semester in which they apply to the BDP. The BDPs are open to undergraduate students from every college and school at UT-Austin, view eligibility and benefits. Learn about advising services for Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP students.

Required Courses

With 19 credit hours of coursework and connecting experiences, students may earn a BDP certificate in Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits. View a complete list of courses and requirements.


The Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP allows students to tailor their coursework to fit their interests. Possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Art and Social Change
  • Community Welfare and Social Justice
  • Environment
  • Health and Health Care
  • International Development
  • Youth and Family


Students in the Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP form a community with shared interests in creating change and understanding the interactions among the non-profit, government, and private sectors. Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits students have come from a wide range of majors at UT, including Accounting, Advertising, American Studies, Biochemistry, Business, Education, English, Geography, Latin American Studies, Nutrition, Photojournalism, Plan II, Psychology, Public Relations, Social Work, and many others.


After completing 19 credit hours consisting of coursework, research, and internship experiences, students earn a certificate that will be recognized on students' transcripts, demonstrating a secondary area of specialization that complements their major. By pursuing an interdisciplinary certificate, students in the BDPs learn to become more flexible, versatile thinkers, better prepared for a professional world that values innovation and collaboration. Students in the BDPs gain access to unique research and internship experiences at UT and around the world, giving them hands-on experience applying what they have learned in the classroom. View student profiles to learn about personal experiences in the Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP.