The MBA curriculum is 54 units in its entirety - completed over 4 semesters and includes 15 core courses. Students have the option of choosing from one of three Specialty Tracks:
- Social Entrepreneurship in a Diverse World
- Fundraising and Fund Development
- Jewish Community Leadership.
Course requirements include:
- Students must take all of the following courses to complete the MBA: MGT 503, MGT 504A, MGT 504B, MGT 505, MGT 506A, MGT 506B, MGT 506C, MGT 509A, MGT 509B, MGT 510, MGT 511, MGT 512, MGT 513, MGT 514, and MGT 550.
- Students choosing Social Entrepreneurship in a Diverse World must take MGT 530, MGT 531 and MGT 532.
- Students choosing Fundraising and Fund Development must take MGT 570, MGT 571 and MGT 572.
- Students choosing Jewish Community Leadership must take MGT 540, MGT 541 and MGT 542.
- Students not choosing one of the Specialty Tracks must take a total of three courses from any of the tracks.
Course descriptions are as follows:
MGT 503 MANAGEMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
LECTURE 3 CREDITS The principles and effective practices in managing human capital for the rapidly changing workplace. Topics include creation and development of performance goals and priorities, supervision, hiring procedures, compensation, collective bargaining and labor law.
MGT 504A ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT: HARNESSING AND DEVELOPING INDIVIDUAL POTENTIAL
LECTURE 3 CREDITS 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
LECTURE 3 CREDITS Strategies and skills for successfully on-boarding, 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
LECTURE 3 CREDITS The knowledge and utilization of core business principles, organizational vision, design, and planning will be explored in depth. Blending theory and practicums 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
LECTURE 3 CREDITS Practicum based seminar combining 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
LECTURE 3 CREDITS 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
LECTURE 3 CREDITS 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 509A INVESTING IN A CAUSE: THE DONOR CYCLE AND THE PROFESSIONAL/LAY PARTNERSHIP
LECTURE 3 CREDITS Successful fund raising requires the coordination of three primary partners: the donor, the governing board and the fund raiser. 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 fund raiser’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
LECTURE 3 CREDITS The experienced fund raiser 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
LECTURE 3 CREDITS 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 one. By the end of the course, students present a proposal for their group capstone project. PREREQUISITE: MGT 505.
MGT 511 MBA COLLOQUIUM
LECTURE 2 CREDITS 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
LECTURE 2 CREDITS 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, and fundraising.
MGT 513 PRECEPTORSHIP
LECTURE 2 CREDITS An opportunity for students to receive mentoring and coaching in 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 CREDITS 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.
MGT 530 ADVANCED SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
LECTURE 3 CREDITS 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
LECTURE 3 CREDITS 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 multi-generational 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
LECTURE 3 CREDITS 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 nonprofits currently and historically reshape the existing environments for greater social impact.
MGT 540 STRUCTURE AND TRENDS OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY
LECTURE 3 CREDITS The sociological trends that characterize the contemporary American Jewish community. Students will become familiar with contemporary research on American Jewish life and its likely 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
LECTURE 3 CREDITS 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 an adaptive business model that addresses current challenges with visionary direction.
MGT 542 APPLIED JEWISH ETHICS IN THE NONPROFIT WORKPLACE
LECTURE 3 CREDITS 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.
MGT 550 CAUSE MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
LECTURE 3 CREDITS Proven techniques for marketing the nonprofit organization include branding, building the organizational brand though social media and other modes of communication, and working with the media to promote organizational awareness in the community. The use of information technology and its applications to the management of the nonprofit organization will also be covered.
MGT 570 FOUNDATIONS, GRANTSMANSHIP, AND PROGRAM ASSESSMENT
LECTURE 3 CREDITS This intensive course will explore the intricacies of research and identification of funding opportunities, from making a case for a grant to assess and demonstrate measurable outcomes as required by today’s funders.
MGT 571 THE ART AND SCIENCE OF PLANNED GIVING
LECTURE 3 CREDITS 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.
MGT 572 ADVANCED FUNDRAISING AND FUND DEVELOPMENT
LECTURE 3 CREDITS 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.