MBA Curriculum

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 nonprofit organizations.


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 organization.

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 units
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 committees.

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) campaigns.

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: MGT 510


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.


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 investor stewardship.

MGT 513 - Fundraising and Fund Development Preceptorship - 2 units
Professional development and guided, practical experiences in fundraising in select local nonprofit organizations.


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 organizational settings.