The Graduate School of Nonprofit Management offers students outstanding opportunities to pursue advanced professional and graduate degrees in nonprofit management.
The Graduate School of Nonprofit Management are exceptional in their emphasis on nonprofit institutional leadership and management. The programs provide students with sophisticated management strategies and focus on the leadership skills and practical tools necessary for success in the nonprofit sector.
MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
The nearly 1.4 million nonprofit organizations in the United States demand highly skilled managers. The University’s Master of Business Administration program is specially designed to meet this need by training professionals for upper management positions in social service, education, religion, art, and health care organizations.
Students may attend full- or part-time. Courses begin at 4 p.m. to accommodate working professionals; small classes allow faculty and students to work closely together. The program concentrates on the business of nonprofit organizations, and uses a case study model to focus on the strategic, financial, and ethical aspects of management.
In addition to the core 39 units of curriculum, students complete 12 units of electives, a 600 hour internship and a final capstone project.
MASTER OF ARTS IN JEWISH COMMUNAL STUDIES
The Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Studies is designed to educate graduates for positions within the professional leadership of Jewish communal institutions. The curriculum combines courses in such areas as Jewish history, sociology and philosophy with an understanding of and familiarity with basic Jewish texts and laws. Added to this curriculum are courses in management, an internship and a capstone project.
The program is designed to provide students the opportunity to study together with graduate students in other professional programs and to prepare them for the multidisciplinary realities of the world of Jewish nonprofit organizations.
MASTER OF ARTS IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
For managers already holding a master’s level degree or higher who want to study the nonprofit sector, the University offers a 39 unit program focusing on management skills and theory.
Students are expected to be familiar with unit requirements and to keep an accurate check on their progress toward completing degree requirements.
Students are advised to check all courses for prerequisites and to 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.
Students may transfer up to 9 units of graduate or upper division undergraduate courses in management, which are earned post-Bachelor’s degree, in which they have received a grade of B or better, from accredited colleges and universities, with the approval of the dean.
Each student is assigned an advisor with whom he or she must confer at registration for program approval. Students should meet with their advisor at least once during each semester. Advisors are also available by appointment throughout the academic year.
COURSE CURRICULUM FOR THE MBA IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
The curriculum is 58 units in its entirety. Students must take all of the following courses to complete the MBA MGT 400, MGT 403, MGT 404, MGT 405, MGT 406, MGT 407, MGT 408, MGT 409, MGT 410, MGT 411, MGT 412, MGT 413, MGT 414, MGT 418, MGT 419. Students must also choose 12 elective units from the following classes: MGT 440, MGT 450, MGT 460, MGT 462, MGT 463, MGT 465, MGT 469, MGT 470, MGT 473, MGT 499, MGT 500.
REQUIRED COURSES FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN JEWISH COMMUNAL STUDIES
The core curriculum is 46 units. Students must choose from the following courses to complete the MAJCS:
Jewish Text and Practice (minimum of 6 units)
BIB 410, BIB 425, RAB 409, RAB 410, PHL 451, RAB 407, PHL 453, RAB 424.
Jewish Philosophy(minimum of 3 units)
MGT 412, PHL 411, PHL 412, JWC 252.
Jewish History (minimum of 6 units)
MGT 475, HIS 411, HIS 415, HIS 418, JST 230, JWC 242.
Jewish Sociology (6 units)
MGT 440*, HIS 416.
Management (minimum of 25 units, Courses marked with a * are required)
MGT 400*, MGT 403, MGT 404, MGT 405*, MGT 406*, MGT 407, MGT 408, MGT 409*, MGT 410*, MGT 411*, MGT 412, MGT 413*, MGT 418, MGT 419.
Thesis/Capstone Project (4 units)
MGT 414* Thesis/Capstone.
Other courses may be substituted with prior approval of the dean.
REQUIRED COURSES FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
The M.A. curriculum is comprised of a 39 unit program. Students must take all of the following courses to complete the M.A. in Nonprofit Management: MGT 400, MGT 403, MGT 404, MGT 405, MGT 406, MGT 407, MGT 408, MGT 409, MGT 410, MGT 411, MGT 412, MGT 418, MGT 419.
THE JOINT BA/MBA PROGRAM
The University offers an MBA from the Graduate School of Nonprofit Management. Undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Joint BA/MBA program after completing 46 semester units, and can be admitted into the program after having completed 60 semester units and having met all prerequisites for the Business major. Thus, an undergraduate student would normally be eligible to apply for admission only in the second semester of his/her second year. Transfer students who have completed 46 semester units could jointly apply for admission to the undergraduate and the joint BA/MBA programs.
Those continuing undergraduate students desiring admission to this joint program will go through the normal review for MBA applicants. The requirement of taking the Graduate Record Examination is waived in this process. To be eligible to apply, a continuing student must have a minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0 and a minimum G.P.A. of 3.25 in all Business courses.
Transfer students applying for joint admission will go through both the regular undergraduate admission process as well as the modified admission process for the MBA program. Transfer students must meet the same grade point requirements that continuing students must meet. Transfer students who have not completed at least 15 units in residence at American Jewish University may only be given provisional admission into the joint program. Upon satisfactorily completing a minimum of 15 units at the College of Arts and Sciences, the applicant is eligible for full admission to this program. The reason for this two-step admission process for transfer students is to give the University an opportunity to directly observe the candidate’s academic level. Admission to the MBA program is not guaranteed.
Students will be covering the same course work they would have completed had they taken these two programs separately. The joint program simply provides a clear plan for students to complete two degrees within one program. Thus, a motivated student could complete all course work for the Joint BA/MBA in five years.
OTHER JOINT PROGRAMS
Graduate students may also pursue a joint degree that combines an MBA with an M.A. in Education from the Fingerhut School of Education. Graduates of the program serve in leadership positions in educational organizations and institutions throughout the Jewish community.
The University offers a joint program leading to both an MBA and Rabbinic ordination with the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Students complete the requirements of both degrees. Graduates are prepared to lead and manage nonprofit organizations such as synagogues or Jewish communal agencies.
Graduates may study for a joint degree combining the MBA and the M.A.J.C.S. This program provides the extensive education in management and administration of the nonprofit business degree with a thorough grounding in an array of Jewish studies.
JOINT MAJCS/M.A.Ed. PROGRAM
Graduates may also study for a joint degree combining the M.A.J.C.S. and M.A.Ed. Graduates of the program serve in leadership positions in educational and communal organizations and institutions throughout the Jewish community.
COURSES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
MGT 400 - MANAGEMENT: THEORY AND PROCESS - 3 UNITS
A survey of management theories and practices of profit and nonprofit institutions
with an emphasis on the systems approach to managerial processes as a way of establishing more effective organizations.
MGT 403 - HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT - 3 UNITS
A survey of principles and practices in managing human resources. Topics include: employment supervision, managing employer relations, development of performance goals and priorities, study of hiring procedures, employment compensation, and collective bargaining.
MGT 404 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR, LEADERSHIP AND GROUP PROCESS - 3 UNITS
Presentation of significant philosophical and theoretical perspectives of human behavior in organizations. A study of leadership styles, interpersonal relations, and group interaction. Mission and process in task focused groups are explored, as well as development of communication skills with employees, volunteers, and lay leadership.
MGT 405 - STRATEGIC PLANNING AND PROGRAM EVALUATION - 3 UNITS
An examination of advanced strategies and practical techniques for evaluating organizational performance and for managing change. Emphasis is on planning and conducting quality assessment and on analysis and use of results to enhance organizational function and institutional effectiveness.
MGT 406 - MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING AND BUDGETING - 4 UNITS
This course focuses on managerial accounting for planning, control and problem-solving; development of budgets and the use of accounting data in nonprofit organizations.
Prerequisites: Introductory Accounting.
MGT 407 - INFORMATION MANAGEMENT - 3 UNITS
The planning, implementation and management of information systems in the nonprofit sector and the role of technology within organizations. Emphasis on interpreting, analyzing and understanding data and their relevance to decision-making and organizational goals.
Prerequisites: Basic Excel.
MGT 408 - LAW AND TAXATION FOR NONPROFIT INSTITUTIONS - 3 UNITS
A study of federal, state, and local laws which govern nonprofit institutions. Business law, public policy, history of non-profits in the U.S., and the relationship of this sector to other economic sectors is discussed.
MGT 409 - INTRODUCTION TO FUNDRAISING - 3 UNITS
An examination of policy formation and management of strategic fundraising in nonprofit organizations. Topics include: principles and methods of fundraising, marketing, public relations, and the planning and implementation of fundraising campaigns.
MGT 410 - MANAGING THE NONPROFIT ENTERPRISE - 3 UNITS
An overview of the nonprofit sector, including history of philanthropy, the governance and structure of voluntary organizations, and the role of the manager in nonprofit enterprises. The course also includes such critical skills as board development, volunteer management, consulting and meeting facilitation.
MGT 411 - MBA COLLOQUIUM - 1 UNIT
A weekly seminar required of all students in the MBA program. It provides an opportunity for the discussion of general topics in Nonprofit Management and critical issues in the world of philanthropy. Topics will be selected to encourage the synthesis of separate courses and expose students to leaders and practitioners in the field. Students are required to satisfy 2 semesters of MGT 411 (2 UNITS).
MGT 412 - APPLIED BUSINESS ETHICS - 3 UNITS
After introductory class sessions on ethical theory, a variety of issues are examined in applied moral philosophy from the standpoint of Jewish and Western ethical paradigms. The body of the course will focus on applying ethical theory and paradigms to the multiple settings confronted by the managers of nonprofit organizations (e.g., truth in advertising and public disclosure, privacy and confidentiality, corporate responsibility, board/management relations, fundraising).
MGT 413 - INTERNSHIP - 3 UNITS
An opportunity for students to obtain practical skills in nonprofit management through structured onsite internships. Placement is based on students’ prior work experience in the nonprofit sector. Students meet bi-weekly to present and discuss case studies from their internship setting.
MGT 414 - THESIS/CAPSTONE PROJECT - 4 UNITS
A culminating written report or project based on the student’s practicum/internship experience, integrating both the theoretical and practical aspects of the MBA course of study.
MGT 418 - EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP – 3 UNITS
Students will develop their own individual leadership skills and style while understanding the components of effective leadership and the role of emotional intelligence.
MGT 419 - BUSINESS PLAN DEVELOPMENT - 3 UNITS
This course will focus on the development of a comprehensive business plan for a new organization, a new program within an existing organization, and for an organization which wants to review its current offerings. The course will examine factors unique to a nonprofit organization in the design of a business plan (e.g., involvement of the board and lay members, and communication with the service community).
Prerequisite: MGT 405
An introduction to the sociological, political, and organizational traditions of the American Jewish community, with emphasis on contemporary issues of communal governance and leadership.
MGT 450 – MARKETING FOR THE NONPROFIT SECTOR - 3 UNITS
An in-depth analysis of the nature of nonprofit cause-related marketing, including an understanding of the role of promotions, advertising and public relations.
MGT 460 - ADVANCED BUDGET AND FINANCE - 3 UNITS
Management of business finance - an examination of current and projected accounting requirements for nonprofit organizations, operating and capital budgets, fund balances and reserve requirements, budget projections, make or buy/buy or lease type analysis, as well as the use of endowments. Working with auditors, lenders, boards, and other entities.
Prerequisite: MGT 406
MGT 462 - CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND MEDIATION - 3 UNITS
The study of negotiation theories and techniques and their application to the nonprofit sector. This interactive course explores the nature of organizational conflict, and is designed to develop students’ negotiating skills through a variety of exercises and role-playing opportunities.
MGT 463 - ADVANCED FUNDRAISING - 3 UNITS
Topics will include a detailed review of planned giving and other new fundraising vehicles. It will have as its base the development of a comprehensive fundraising program for a nonprofit organization.
Prerequisite: MGT 409
MGT 469 - SPECIAL TOPICS – 3 UNITS
A series of “mini courses” exploring specialized areas within fund development such as: annual giving, planned giving, grantsmanship and special events.
MGT 470 - NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND THE PUBLIC SECTOR - 3 UNITS
The study of different means by which a nonprofit can influence government and the voting electorate; the impact of federal, state, and local law/regulations on such activities; and the public policy questions a nonprofit must consider before engaging in any lobbying activity.
MGT 473 - ADVANCED ISSUES IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT - 3 UNITS
The course will examine in greater depth critical issues in today’s work environment. Topics include the management of a diverse work force, developing and training employees, privacy issues, and the interplay between workers’ compensation laws and other types of regulatory requirements. The course is designed for students interested in the field of human resource management and for those who will of necessity be involved in issues of employment.
Prerequisite: MGT 403
MGT 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY - 3 UNITS
MGT 500 - CONTINUING THESIS RESEARCH - 1 UNIT
Students may enroll for a maximum of four semesters after completion of their course work. Students so enrolled will be required each semester to pay the prevailing registration fee plus an additional fee of $100. No other course may be taken concurrently.