Master's Degree in Social Economy and the Cooperative Company

Master's Degree in Social Economy and the Cooperative Company

The Master degree in Social Economy and the Cooperative Company provides an innovative training programme for professionals and researchers in the various modes of cooperativism and the Social economy, within one of the world's leading Social economy ecosystems: The MONDRAGON Cooperative Experience.

The following table presents the differentiation characteristics of the master's degree:


What makes us different

Part of MONDRAGON, a major Cooperative group on the international stage.


Grants and Incentives

One of the principles of MONDRAGON UNIVERSITY is that no-one should be forced to end their studies for economic reasons. We therefore offer a comprehensive programme of scholarships and study grants.


Professional Opportunities

Graduates in the Masters degree of Social Economy and Cooperative Companies develop knowledge and competences for the management and direction of cooperative companies in particular and of the social economy in general.

Information and registration

Contact person
Mireia Igarzabal

Registration and Enrolment

Resume table

Oficial degree
Masters in Social Economy and the Cooperative Company
Aimed at
Graduates of all disciplines, interested in extending their development with a formal degree that will help them to become integrated into the world of work. Graduates with experience who want to re-launch their professional careers.
Online / Oñati
offer for graduates
Online / Face-to-face

What makes us different

  • Part of MONDRAGON, a major Cooperative group on the international stage.
  • A widely-recognised university degree integrated with the European Higher Education Area.
  • Possibility of a period of study in the Basque country, to experience first-hand the cooperative experience of MONDRAGON.
  • Flexible, with up to 100% of the course taken on-line, plus the option of a 15-20 day period of study at Mondragon.

Learning model


The Masters degree is taught through using the following methodology online . The online learning has the following characteristics:

  • Training is possible from any location (with the option of a 15-20 day placement in the Basque country to working on the course content).
  • Learning based on continuous assessment, individual and team-working, and the final project.
  • Tutoring based on individual needs
  • Networking through virtual communities.
  • Proactive attitude of students to develop their own learning.

study programme

Objectives and Competences

    General objective

    • The overall objective of the degree is to provide the necessary competences to create, develop, manage, research and lead cooperative companies and the social economy, as well as to facilitate cooperation between them. The Masters degree is intended for both young graduates and for active professionals already working in social economy organisations or cooperative companies, associations, federations of cooperatives, social enterprises, ngos, or public institutions,)

    Specific objectives:


    • Promote skills for the analysis of the current world order, and the understanding of the role and function of the different realities of social economy and solidarity within it.
    • Provide a broad theoretical and practical basis of the cooperative model and the Social economy in its diverse forms, both at national and international level, with special emphasis on MONDRAGON, as a flagship practical exponent of this model for many years.
    • Develop the capabilities of people to become better involved in the cooperative movement, with emphasis on participation, democracy, solidarity, commitment, communication, teamwork, leadership, multi-disciplinary activities and self-management.
    • Provide participants with the capacity to analyse and develop different aspects of business (strategy, organisation, legal, accounting, fiscal and statutes), as well as cooperative entrepreneurship (the societies and wider collaboration), to strengthen the development of cooperative companies and the social economy.
    • Provide researchers with the skills and knowledge to undertake studies on Social Economy and Cooperative businesses, at a level of research that can form part of doctoral studies.





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      Study Programme




      MODULE 1ECTS:9
      Analysis of the contemporary world C 3
      Fundamentals of Socio-economic organisations C 3
      Social economy and development: Alternative development models and economic solidarity C 3


      MODULE 2ECTS: 10
      Fundamentals of the cooperative experience of MONDRAGON C 4
      Processes and mechanisms of business democracy C 2
      Mutual cooperation C 2
      Social transformation, education and cooperative revitalisation C 2



      MODULE 3 ECTS 11
      The Participatory Organisational Model C 3
      People in cooperation. Culture and cooperative leadership C 3
      Cooperative innovation C 3

      Analysis of test cases and future challenges of social economy organisations

      (online option)

      C 2
      Analysis of test cases and challenges facing MONDRAGON (on-site option*) C 2




      MODULE 4ECTS:20
      Economic/Financial management of cooperatives OPT 4
      Strategic Cooperative Project OPT 4
      Excellence in Cooperative and Social Ownership Management OPT 3
      Legal Framework of cooperative societies OPT 1
      Cooperative entrepreneurship OPT 4
      Social Cooperative Responsibility in cooperatives and social ownership companies OPT 2
      Cooperatives in the face of globalisation OPT


      Research in Spain: Theories and lines of research OPT 5
      Research design OPT 5
      Knowledge-based Competences: scientific information and documents management: OPT 2
      Quantitative research methods OPT 4
      Qualitative research methods OPT 4
      MODULE 6 ECTS: 20


      C 10
      Master's thesis and access to doctoral programmes C 10
      • C Compulsory
      • OPT Optional

      Digital catalog of the Master degree in Social Economy and the Cooperative Company:

      * The information is in Spanish.

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        Guides and Regulations

        In this guide, you will find the new university teaching structure, entry and admission conditions, and guidance on the transfer and recognition of academic credits, etc...

        General guide 2014/2015

        Guide of subjects

        study programme

        Academic Itineraries and Career Development

        Students studying for the Masters degree in Social Economy and Cooperative Business develop knowledge and competences for the management and direction of cooperative companies in particular, and the social economy in general, or in research in both these areas. Specifically, they will be qualified to develop their professional or research activity in cooperative companies and in the social economy, and in the following areas of responsibility:

        • Strategy and General Management
        • Marketing Management and Sales
        • Economic, legal, tax, accounting and labour management
        • Management of people
        • Entrepreneurship or collaborative entrepreneurship for new business initiatives
        • Development of participation, cooperation and social transformation

        New Students

        Access and Admission

        Students who meet any of the following conditions may enrol on the Master in Management of Cooperative Companies and Social Economy course, whether this be undertaken on-site or online:

        1. Enrolment on a Masters course requires a degree from a Spanish university, or a degree issued by a higher education institution of a member state of the European Higher Education Area that requires the same authorization for access to a Masters degree.
        2. Likewise, graduates may enrol in accordance with educational systems outside the European Higher Education Area without qualification checks, if the university is able to prove that those show a level of training equivalent to the corresponding Spanish official university degree(s) and that in the country issuing the degree, the original qualification would be sufficient for access to postgraduate studies. Access to a degree course in this way does not imply the approval of the degree held by the applicant, or its acceptance beyond that of the particular Masters degree.

        Graduates with the following qualifications will have preferential access to current Masters courses:

        • Business administration and management
        • Economics
        • Business Studies
        • Sociology
        • Law
        • Psychology (Social and Organisation specialism)
        • Organisation Engineering
        • Humanities (Business specialism)

        In relation to the remaining candidates, provided that there are still vacancies for places, we will prioritise those who have work experience in cooperative companies and / or social economy.

        The body responsible for the admission of students is the Masters coordination team. Student admissions will be based on the following criteria:

        1. Academic record of the applicant, taking into consideration the average mark obtained from qualifying subjects for the Masters degree.
        2. Curriculum vitae, together with a cover letter which highlights experience relevant to the Masters degree and the applicant's motivations for undergoing the course.
        3. Personal interview with the applicant (either in person or online).
        4. Recognised qualification in English (B2 - First Certificate) or, failing that, a test to demonstrate understanding of the language.

        No. of places available:

        • Face-to-face: 20
        • Online:15

          New Students

          Registration and Enrolment


          • Normal period: from 1 December 2016 until 20 June 2017
          • Extended period: from 22 June to 4 September 2017 


          Registration can be done in any of the faculties of MONDRAGON UNIVERSITY. The student should indicate the course order of preference.

          Applications can be made via the University web page, following the instructions there described, or via certified mail. If applying via certified mail, applicants should contact the faculty to confirm receipt of the application. In either case, the following documentation is required:

          • Completed registration request.
          • Photocopy of official identity documentation
          • Curriculum Vitae

          The forging of any of the documents requested will automatically invalidate the application.


          • Academic Certificate certifying the equivalency of previous courses(graduates of MU-Enpresagintza are exempted).



          Once the initial registration is completed, the coordinator of the Masters course will be in contact with the student to explain the full registration process.


            • Normal period17 to 20 July 2017 
            • Extended period21 July to 4 September 2017

              Minimum number of European enrolment credits for students, the period of study, and, if applicable, the residency rules

              • Number of Masters' credits: In accordance with RD 1393/2007 (amended by RD 861/2010), the degree consists of 60 ECTS credits. Each credit is worth 25 student hours of work.
              • Number of European credits required at registration:

              - First registration: pupils and the new admission students must register for all the credits of the master.

              However, for those with special educational needs, or exceptional personal circumstances, application can be made direct to the dean of the faculty, who may allow a lower number of credits that that stated in the previous paragraph; this can never be fewer than 15 ECTS credits.
              In these cases, ad hoc training will be designed to meet the particular needs and personal situation of the student.

              - Successive enrolment: students must register for all of the pending subjects.

              Those students for whom ad hoc training has been designed will register in accordance with their personal training plan.

              • Responsibilities of the student: For full-time students, the course duration is 38-40 weeks.
              • Attendance: each student will have a maximum number of two convocations by subject (one per academic course), and in special cases may apply for an additional one.

              New Students


              The total price of the Masters degree is 6800 euros which shall be paid as follows:

              • To reserve a place 5%: 340 €
              • Enrolment 35%: 2,380  €
              • February 2018: 2,040 euros
              • July 2018: 2,040 euros

                New Students

                Grants and Scholarships

                  OFFICIAL GRANTS

                  For students of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country (BAC), (Basque Government)

                  • Scholarships of a general nature, for daily transport and for transport for students with disabilities to undertake university and other higher-level courses.
                  • Grants for summer language courses abroad.
                  • Scholarships for Erasmus students and other international university programmes.

                  For students not included within the Basque Country (Ministry of Education)

                  • Award of scholarships and grants of a general nature and to encourage mobility for university students.
                  • Master's degree enrolment scholarships for unemployed graduates.


                  • Reduction or exemption of costs for public services
                  • Financial support for those living in the Biteri Hall Of Residence.
                  • Seniority grants for residents of the Biteri Hall Of Residence.
                  • Collaboration scholarships for the training and support of the various departments.

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                        New Students

                        Credit recognition

                        RECOGNITION OF CREDITS

                        • Credits obtained by the student either in official studies withinMONDRAGON UNIVERSITY or in another university, will both count towards the Masters degree in Social Economy and Cooperative Business. for the purposes of obtaining an official degree.
                        • This Business Faculty can recognise credits obtained within the university itself, at other universities or in other qualifications referred to in article 34.1. of the Organic Law 6/2001, 21 December, of universities, as long as there is a relationship between the skills and knowledge associated with these, and those planned in the curriculum, or, if they are interchangeable, provided that the workload in ECTS credits is similar.
                        • This Business Faculty can recognise credits to professionals who can prove that have acquired the required competencies in the course of their professional duties. We cannot recognise credits achieved in a Masters thesis under any circumstance.

                          The recognition of credits for professional experience must meet the following requirements:

                            • Accredited documentation of professional experience, including:


                              1. A description of the work done
                              2. Certification by the director or higher responsible, of the professional experience and / or work of the applicant, recording the duration of the professional experience, the nature of the work undertaken by the applicant and the level of performance.
                              3. Statement by the applicant describing the professional activity developed, the professional skills acquired through this activity, the acquired knowledge, and the subject(s) for which this activity should be recognised.
                            • The minimum unit of recognition shall be the subject and the skills associated to them. It is not possible to recognise ECTS units that do not constitute a subject. Credits relating to a Masters thesis cannot be recognised.
                            • The length of time of the professional experience required for the recognition of credits has been established, relating to the number of credits allocated to the different subjects (with the exception of the practices in company) and the full or part-time nature of the professional activity, as listed below:




                          (equivalent to 100% of the professionally

                          developed activity)


                          (equivalent to 50% of the professionally

                          developed activity)

                          Subjects with 1 ECTS credit

                          (and associated competences)

                          8 months 16 months

                          Subjects with 2 ECTS credits

                          (and the associated competences)

                          10 months 20 months

                          Subjects with ECTS credits

                          (and the associated competences)

                          12 months 24 months

                          Subjects with 4 ECTS credits

                          (and the associated competences)

                          16 months 32 months

                          Subjects with 5 ECTS credits

                          (and the associated competences)

                          20 months 40 months
                            • Credits corresponding to company ways of working may be recognised, provided that they demonstrate the acquisition of competences relevant to the Masters degree, even if these competences have not been able to be allocated to specific subjects, or the professional experience is not considered sufficient to recognise all the ECTS credits of the subject matter in each case.

                          This recognition will require the following professional experience:




                          (equivalent to 100% of the professionally

                          developed activity)

                          Minimum unit: 3 ECTS credits 12 months
                          For each additional 0.5 ECTS credits 2 months
                          Maximum Unit: 9 ECTS credits 36 months


                            • The written request will be completed with an interview with the applicant in which the teacher(s) of the subject (s) will test that the student has acquired the Masters competences for which recognition is requested.
                          • The credits recognised as listed in paragraph a) shall be qualified with numerical marks, according to the provisions in article 5 of the ROYAL DECREE 1125/2003, of 5 September. In the case of the credits recognised in paragraphs b and c, these do not incorporate a numerical grade, so that they cannot be used in establishing the overall grade, equally the whole of the same may not exceed 9 ECTS.
                          • The percentage of recognised credits from professional experience and unofficial university training put together, shall not exceed 15% of the total number of credits for the curriculum.

                          TRANSFER OF CREDITS

                          Transfer of credits means the inclusion in the official academic record of the studies undertaken by each student, the total of credits obtained in previous studies, whether in MONDRAGON UNIVERSITY or in another university, which have not led to the obtaining of an official degree.

                          ACADEMIC RECORD

                          The student's academic record will list all the credits obtained by the student in the course of formal studies whether at MONDRAGON UNIVERSITY or another university, to obtain the degree, indicating whether they are transferred, recognized or completed. Recognised credits will contain the following information concerning the background of the studies: the university or universities, courses undertaken together with the branch to which these belong; the materials and / or subjects obtained, the number of credits, and the grade obtained.

                          DIPLOMA SUPPLEMENT

                          The diploma supplement issued to students lists all the credits obtained by the student in the course of formal studies, whether at MONDRAGON UNIVERSITY or another university, to obtain the degree, indicating whether they are transferred, recognized or completed, as with the academic record.



                          MONDRAGON UNIVERSITY is a university dedicated to initiative and social vocation. It is declared to be a public utility, and is a non-profit-making body. It consists of four faculties; this Masters degree is taught in two of them: the Business Faculty, and the faculty of Humanities and Education Sciences (the LANKI Institute of Cooperative Studies).

                          Committed since inception to quality in education and the practical application of studies, we in MONDRAGON UNIVERSITY attach great importance to the education of our students.

                          We are part of MONDRAGON, a cooperative body whose socio-business track record is recognised worldwide.

                          Currently, the university has around 4000 students and offers 22 separate degree courses. For postgraduate studies, there are a total of 15 Masters and 8 expert college courses.



                          Faculty of Business - Campus of Oñati

                          Ibarra zelaia, 2

                          20560 OÑATI





                                The lecturers-tutors are expert teachers and researchers of MONDRAGON UNIVERSITY.



                                This training programme enables the development of a Research Speciality in Social Economy and Co-operativism


                                This module, which is optional, is also composed of 20 ECTS credits. The module includes subjects that principally address methods of scientific research, but also basic empirical and theoretical aspects of organisations. It is chosen by those students interested in the specialism of “Research in Social economy and Cooperativism”. The timetable and format of this module are different. The subjects are taught through the Virtual Classroom for students who cannot travel to MONDRAGON UNIVERSITY and in person to those who are able to do so.


                                Online Training


                                SGIC - SYSTEM OF INTERNAL QUALITY ASSURANCE

                                The EHEA framework and new changes in Spanish regulations, require that Spanish universities must ensure the fulfilment of the objectives associated with the lessons taught, in furtherance of continuous improvement.

                                For this reason, the faculty of business of MONDRAGON UNIVERSITY {9:00am} has designed its own system of internal quality assurance in accordance to the principles and guidelines of the AUDIT program of ANECA (National Agency for the evaluation of quality and accreditation).


                                Quality Manual

                                Processes Procedure

                                IQAS implementing certification award   


                                The suggestions and improvement proposals made by pupils and students are one of the university's main tools for continuous improvement.

                                If you have any suggestion or proposal desired improvement send us, you can do so in the following manner, you have two options:


                                1.- Send it by e-mail:

                                2.- Submit the document window in any of the faculty of business studies.

                                The suggestions and improvement proposals made by pupils and students are one of the university's main tools for continuous improvement.

                                If you have any suggestion or proposal for improvement which you wish to communicate, complete this form .

                                You will receive an email acknowledging reception of your proposal.



                                This is a programme for the evaluation of the proposals of official study plans designed in line with the EHEA (European Higher Education Area).

                                A favourable report from NAQAA is essential for the degree to acquire an official character.




                                NAQAA / UNIBASQ 



                                Formalizing agreements and

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                                 Master's Degree in Social Economy and the Cooperative Company






                                A programme for the proposal of modifications to the verification report of an official master's degree.

                                Definitive report

                                of modifications


                                Master's Degree in Social Economy and the Cooperative Company




                                Is a programme which aims to make the assessment of official degrees. Has as its main objective to see if the results of the title are adequate and allow adequate guarantee the continuity of the teaching of the same until the following renewal  of accreditation.

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                                ACCREDITS PLUS

                                This programme offers to the titles of certain disciplines the possibility of obtaining an international stamp "EUR-ACE ®" of recognised prestige simultaneously with the process of renewal of accreditation of the title.



                                This is a support programme to universities in the design of their own mechanisms to manage the quality of teaching by university teaching staff, and to promote their development and reputation.

                                TEACHING EVALUATION MANUAL
                                EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT REPORT