The MBA Nonprofit Management Program

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, fund development and financial sustainability, social entrepreneurship, as well as strategic planning and evaluation. Courses provide students with sophisticated management strategies and focuses 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.




This track is intended for the social entrepreneur who wishes to acquire additional knowledge, skills and tools needed to bring innovative nonprofit ventures into existence and allow them to thrive in a multi-cultural environment.

This track focuses on the expertise needed to excel in the growing field of fundraising and philanthropy. Theory, methods, models and the art of relationship building will be taught and practiced in depth. Students will learn fundraising intricacies from high-level donor cultivation and stewardship to annual and capital campaign development to the world of foundation grant-making and philanthropy.



Dual Degrees are highly encouraged

BA/MBA - A five-year BA/MBA in Nonprofit Management is available in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences.

MBA/MAEd – A three-year dual degree is available in conjunction with the Fingerhut School of Education


Each student is assigned a faculty advisor with whom he or she must confer at registration for program approval. Students should meet with their advisors at least once during each semester. Advisors are also available by appointment throughout the academic year.

Academic Planning

Students are expected to be familiar with credit requirements and to keep an accurate check on their progress toward completing degree requirements. Students are advised to check all courses for prerequisites and avoid choosing classes which will result in schedule conflicts. They are also responsible for ensuring that they have completed all degree requirements in the course of their studies.

Residency Requirements

Students may transfer up to 12 credits of graduate or upper division undergraduate courses in management, which are earned post-Bachelor's degree and in which they have received a grade of B or better. These courses must be from accredited colleges and universities and will only be accepted with the Dean's approval.