The four-semester MBA program is intended for social entrepreneurs and nonprofit
leaders who are dedicated to creating solutions for today's most pressing social and
humanitarian challenges. The curriculum is designed to provide our culturally diverse
student body with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to effect impactful and
sustainable social change. Special emphasis is placed on organizational vision, strategy
and program implementation using "design theory" and other innovative and
entrepreneurial approaches to nonprofit management.
Alongside a very strong core nonprofit curriculum, students may select one of three
tracks as their area of specialization: Social Entrepreneurship in a Diverse World,
Fundraising and Fund Development, and Jewish Community Leadership. Completion of
the track will be noted on their diploma at graduation. Each track includes three
courses plus a preceptorship. Students not electing to pursue a specific track may
select three elective courses offered in any of the three tracks.
Students enrolled in the program will share a vision of themselves as change-agents.
Using a team approach to problem solving, they will progress through the program as a
cohort, learning and experiencing the creative advantages of group process. Upon
graduation, they will be ready to envision, launch and manage a wide variety of
LENGTH OF PROGRAM: FOUR SEMESTERS
TOTAL UNITS: 54
Required Core Courses (43 units)
MGT 503 - The Management of Human Resources - 3 units
Students will learn the principles and effective practices to manage people in the rapidly
changing workplace. Human Resources (HR) is the critical connector between
management and employees in nonprofit organizations. Students will learn best
practices in supervision; interviewing, hiring and compensation; benefits oversight and
talent development with a broad view of how HR fulfills the strategic objectives of the
MGT 504A - Entrepreneurial Leadership and Management: Harnessing and
Developing Individual Potential - 3 units
This course explores the major theories of nonprofit management and leadership styles
in organizational settings. Students identify and develop individual skills and the greater
self-awareness needed to lead people and organizations in established nonprofits and
new social ventures. Students will form effective strategies, enabling them to meet the
challenges of leading others in times of change.
MGT 504B - Entrepreneurial Leadership and Management: Creating High
Performing Organizational Cultures - 3 units
Students will develop within themselves the strategies and skills for successfully
onboarding, developing, and retaining key staff members. Theories and practices will be
explored to create and sustain volunteer leaders, philanthropists, and board members
within healthy organizational cultures.
MGT 505 - Social Entrepreneurship: Vision, Design, Evaluation - 3 units
The knowledge and utilization of core business principles, organizational vision, design,
and planning will be explored in depth. Blending theory and practicum, students will
learn methods and best practices for building and sustaining social ventures. Students
will also be introduced to advanced strategies and practical techniques for evaluating
organizational performance and managing change.
MGT 506A - The Nonprofit Manager’s Toolkit: Managerial Finance in Nonprofit
Organizations - 3 units
This is a practicum based seminar which combines the theory and practice of basic
accounting and cost accounting for the management of the nonprofit organization.
Particular emphasis is placed on the understanding and analysis of financial statements
for decision-making. Students who have no accounting background will be
required to attend a preparatory mini-course.
MGT 506B - The Nonprofit Manager’s Toolkit: Advanced Managerial Finance in
Nonprofit Organizations - 3 units
Students will develop the tools and techniques for managing organizational finance,
including planning and budgeting, techniques for monitoring compliance, cash flow
analysis, resource allocation, time value of money, risk-return concepts, and project
financing. Prerequisite: MGT 506A
MGT 506C - The Nonprofit Manager’s Toolkit: Public Policy, Law and Taxation - 3
A wide range of public policy and legal issues can affect the success of the nonprofit
organization. This course includes an overview of government relations, public policy,
taxation and available funding sources in the various public sectors.
MGT 550 - Cause Marketing and Communications - 3 units
Proven techniques for marketing the nonprofit organization include building the
organizational brand though differentiating services and concepts and aligning issues
with the public using social media, strategic partnerships and more. Students will learn
best practices and how to shape and implement a competitive marketing strategy for
nonprofits from start-ups to legacy organizations.
MGT 509A - Investing in a Cause: The Donor Cycle and the Professional/Lay
Partnership - 3 units
Successful fundraising requires the coordination of three primary partners: the donor,
the governing board, and the fundraiser. This course explores the stages of the
normative donor cycle and the core functionalities and objectives of each stage.
Additionally, this course examines the processes set forth to advance each donor within
and beyond each stage. Emphasis is also placed on the fundraiser’s role in creating and
sustaining lay governance structures such as the board of directors and fund raising
MGT 509 B - The Fundraising Year - 3 units
The experienced fundraiser understands the various techniques available for
conducting a successful development effort. This course will provide an overview of
those techniques as well as an analysis of how and when to use them. Special
emphasis will be placed on conducting annual, capital, and heritage (planned giving)
MGT 510 - Social Entrepreneurship: Practical Applications - 3 units
Students master the skills and methodologies studied in MGT 505 by applying them to a
range of practice case studies through the creation of a new nonprofit organization or a
substantially new program in an existing agency. By the end of the course, students
present a proposal for their group capstone project. Prerequisite: MGT 505.
MGT 511 - MBA Colloquium - 2 units
The colloquium addresses the critical issues and trends in nonprofit management and
leadership. Topics vary each semester and are selected to enhance the synthesis of
MBA courses and to connect students with thought leaders and practitioners throughout
the nonprofit sector.
MGT 512 - Ethical Challenges in Nonprofit Management - 2 units
Ethical theory and paradigms are applied to the complex moral dilemmas confronting
the nonprofit manager. Included among these multiple issues are truth-in-advertising,
public disclosure, privacy and confidentiality, organizational responsibility,
board/management relations, fundraising and financial management.
MGT 513 - Preceptorship - 2 units
An opportunity for students to receive mentoring and coaching in the areas of their
interests and passions. Students will also participate in shadowing opportunities to
learn from field experts and engage in a customized project, synthesizing classroom,
field and work experience.
MGT 514 - Capstone Project - 6 units
Working in a group setting, all students are required to create a written comprehensive
plan for a nonprofit organization demonstrating their mastery of all the various
techniques included in the basic curriculum. These business plans may apply to a new
enterprise or can relate to a serious rethinking of an existing enterprise. Prerequisite:
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN A DIVERSE WORLD (11 units)
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.
MGT 530 - Advanced Social Entrepreneurship - 3 units
This course will take students through advanced topics in launching new nonprofit
ventures and their management. Students will focus on how to survey the nonprofit
environment, evaluate project feasibility, identify and secure potential funding sources,
craft long term strategies for sustainable growth, and incorporate personal management
styles in organizational development.
MGT 531 - Cases in Mission Based Ventures: Leadership and Diversity - 3 units
The creation and management of new ventures requires nonprofit leaders that inspire,
influence, manage and oversee people of different faiths, backgrounds, cultures and
generations. This course delves into the basic belief and societal structures of major
domestic religions, ethnic communities, social cultures and multigenerational mindsets.
Special emphasis will be placed on case studies combining leadership and cultural
intelligence to build sustainable nonprofit ventures.
MGT 532 - Public Innovation and Strategic Advocacy - 3 units
Innovators involved in issues of social justice and community development will learn to
navigate the mechanisms of civic advocacy in rapidly changing landscapes. Emphasis
will be placed on how non-profits currently and historically reshape the existing
environments for greater social impact.
MGT 513 - Social Entrepreneurship Preceptorship - 2 units
Professional development and guided, practical experience in local nonprofit start-ups.
FUNDRAISING AND FUND DEVELOPMENT (11 units)
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 grantmaking and philanthropy.
MGT 570 - Foundations, Grantsmanship, and Program Assessment - 3 units
This intensive course will explore the intricacies of research and identification of funding
opportunities, from making a case for a grant to assessing and demonstrating
measurable outcomes as required by today’s funders. Students will work closely with
diverse organizations in developing highly effective grants to submit to targeted
foundations, which meet their specified criteria.
MGT 571 - The Art and Science of Planned Giving - 3 units
An in depth study of today’s planned giving methods, tools, strategies and skills to
facilitate donors’ legacies. Students will hear from experts in this rapidly growing field
and learn to devise long-term successful campaigns. Projects will include devising
planned giving strategies for individuals and families of multiple generations.
MGT 572 - Advanced Fundraising and Fund Development - 3 units
An advanced exploration of the skills required to raise revenue through fundraising and
nontraditional avenues. Topics include social enterprise, data management and metrics,
crowdfunding, moves management, major gifts and capital campaigns and effective
MGT 513 - Fundraising and Fund Development Preceptorship - 2 units
Professional development and guided, practical experiences in fundraising in select
local nonprofit organizations.
JEWISH COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP (11 units)
This track is intended for individuals considering a management career in the Jewish
community. The courses explore the historical, philosophical, and sociological trends
that have shaped the modern American Jewish community. Together with the required
MBA course of study, the program prepares community professionals to lead American
Jewish organizations in an era of rapid change.
MGT 540 - Structure and Trends of the American Jewish Community - 3 units
Students will study the sociological trends that characterize the contemporary American
Jewish community. Students will become familiar with current research on American
Jewish life and its application to organizational mission, programs and management.
The course also includes an introduction to the history and current status of organized
Jewish life in America, including major Jewish organizations, major Jewish religious
movements, evolving demographics, and the new trend toward social entrepreneurism.
MGT 541 - Sustainable Business Models for the Jewish Future - 3 units
The needs of the Jewish community have changed dramatically over recent years.
Evolving demographics and societal trends necessitate the creation and implementation
of fresh business models. Building upon MGT 540, students will develop adaptive
business models that address current challenges with visionary direction. Models can
be based on organizations where students are employed or other selected
organizations in partnership with their leaders.
MGT 542 - Applied Jewish Ethics in the Nonprofit Workplace - 3 units
Students will explore best business practices based on thousands of years of Rabbinic
tradition. Subject matter includes hiring practices, termination protocols, donor
relations, gift acceptance, employee performance, board governance and client
engagement. Final projects will be presented collaboratively, including community
leaders who will provide comments and feedback.
MGT 513 - Jewish Community Leadership Preceptorship - 2 units
Professional development and guided, practical experience in a variety of Jewish