Graduate School of Nonprofit Management

Passionate about making change in the world, but want the support and structure of an MBA program? American Jewish University is proud to offer a program that encompasses exactly that through the Graduate School of Nonprofit management. The MBA in Nonprofit Management program is an intensive 18 month degree program designed with specialty tracts in Social Entrepreneurship in a Diverse World, Fund Development and Jewish Community Leadership. Our merit-based, ChangeMaker Scholarships that offer generous grants ranging from 50-80% of student’s tuition are still available for qualified candidates! Contact Dean Rhoda Weisman at or (310) 440-1259.

Executive Summary


The MBA in Nonprofit Management degree is designed for leaders to meet their professional goals and develop careers that are rewarding, yet challenging while enhancing their ability to earn executive level compensation. The program’s core focus is based on a thorough understanding in the theories and practice of business management while emphasizing the specific needs of the social entrepreneur and nonprofit sectors. Our program is an intensive 22 month degree program designed with specialty tracks in Social Entrepreneurship in a Diverse World, Fund Development, and Jewish Community Leadership. This rigorous program engages students in the key academic areas of visionary leadership, finance, fund development and financial sustainability, social entrepreneurship, as well as strategic planning and evaluation. Courses provide students with sophisticated management strategies and focus on the leadership of complex service organizations. Each student will gain additional expertise and professional development by completing a guided preceptorship to acquire applied skills and gain the experience necessary to lead and manage successfully in the field. Each student will write a Master's capstone project, which integrates the experiences of the preceptorship, classroom, and literature to contribute to a new perspective on a growing field of research.

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Students experience opportunities for professional growth and networking with top leaders in the nonprofit sector through our unique Colloquium Series. This speaker’s series features distinctive presenters who address current trends and discuss best practices, while offering students the opportunity to engage in professional networking. Executives from philanthropic, business, and civic organizations often populate the Colloquium series.

Our alumni have obtained positions with well-known institutions such as the Getty Museum, City of Hope, USC Center for Philanthropy and Public Policy, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Jewish Federation, and others securing leadership positions in fund development, financial management, and program management as well as top administrative positions with colleges and universities nationwide. Our program is building an all-new public and online presence that will make the Graduate School of Nonprofit Management a thought leader in the field of nonprofit management and leadership, greatly highlighting students, faculty and alumni as we move forward.

This nonsectarian program is open to qualified students without regard to race, religion, gender, national origin or physical disability. The program is well suited for those hoping to enter the field after completing an undergraduate degree, those working in the nonprofit sector that want to develop the management skills to advance their careers; and for professionals who are interested in changing careers.