MBA in Non-profit Management and Leadership

AWARD-WINNING MBAS WITH 15 DIFFERENT CONCENTRATIONS TO FOCUS YOUR SKILLS.

 

Overview:

The Nonprofit Management and Leadership Concentration allows students to maximize their individual strengths and potential as effective business administrators and leaders. Nonprofit management and leadership combines the strength of the MBA curriculum with the deeper study of management issues and operations unique to nonprofit organizations such as: governance and board development, fundraising strategies, volunteer recruitment, publicity and public relations, financial and legal issues, program evaluation and fraud prevention. Professionals can achieve significant organizational impact applying critical concepts that drive effective nonprofit organizations.

Area of Study Business
Next Start Date Start Anytime
Credits

39

Cost/Credit

$699

Total Cost

$27,261

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Goals / Objectives

  • Effectively design and launch a sustainable nonprofit organization.
  • Recognize the specific rules, regulations and legalities surrounding the nonprofit sector.
  • Utilize financial management principles and tools for effective decision making.
  • Understand the benefits and limitations of grant writing and other effective fundraising strategies.
  • Leverage the use of technology for marketing research that identifies, promotes and supports nonprofit programs and development.
  • Understand and apply the principles and practices of policy based governance.

Career Outlook

  • Marketing Director (Nonprofit)
  • Communications Director (Nonprofit)
  • Project Manager (Nonprofit)
  • Consultant (Nonprofit)
  • Marketing Manager (Nonprofit)
  • Sales Manager (Nonprofit)

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Non-profit Management and Leadership

MBA Core Curriculum

Accounting: Financial Analysis for Decision Making (MBA 540/840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Accounting: Financial Analysis for Decision Making is the study of the interpretation and use of Accounting reports in decision making. Topics covered include financial statements, forecasting of financial performance/budgeting, cost-profit relationships, break-even analysis, and management planning and control. Undergraduate accounting prerequisite required.
Applied Statistical Methods (MBA 510/810) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Applied Statistical Methods studies statistical methods used in business decision-making, including the use of both descriptive and inferential techniques, probability, regression, and research study designs. Application and integration of statistical methods in business-related fields is emphasized along with the use of computer analysis. Undergraduate statistics prerequisite required. 3 credits.
Corporate Finance (MBA 530/830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Corporate Finance studies the function of finance and the flow of funds within the corporation. This course emphasizes financial analysis, decision-making, planning and controlling, capital acquisition and use, and strategic planning. Prerequisite: undergraduate finance or equivalent. Undergraduate finance prerequisite required.
Ethics and Organizational Leadership (MBA 503/803) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course studies contemporary business issues facing managers. Emphasis will be on developing theoretical skills for analyzing ethical issues and competing claims, and formulating well–grounded policies. A special emphasis on organizations and their attendant process is designed to increase ones leadership skills and effectiveness.
Issues in Human Resources Management (MBA 610/910) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Human Resources Management is a study of the management and administrative issues related to group and individual performances and their effective contribution to the organizational objectives . Strategies for successful self-management, team building and delegation will be emphasized.
Management Science and Analytics (MBA 569/869) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Management Science and Analytics introduces techniques and methods used in business management to analyze and solve business problems. The course will also explore the reasoning behind the use of management science techniques. We will explore various practices from the field of management science that can be applied in spreadsheet models to help in the decision-analysis and decision making process. The course will also present techniques to assist managers with planning, organizing, leading and controlling projects.
Managerial Economics (MBA 500/800) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Managerial Economics provides a clear and balanced presentation of relevant economic theories and instruments. The focus of this course will be on the application of these relevant theories and the tools of analysis of decision-making science to examine how a firm makes optimal managerial decisions in the face of the constraints it faces. It will teach students how to deal with the nature of the firm, and how and why it is organized the way it is, in order to make students better, more efficient and more highly rewarded executives. The course should be thought of as applied economics, emphasizing those topics of the greatest interest and importance to managers. These topics include demand, production, cost, pricing, market structure and government regulations. A strong grasp of the principles that govern economic behavior is an important managerial asset. Students will learn how to apply these principles in appropriate situations. Undergraduate economics prerequisite required.
Strategic Management (MBA 590/890) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Capstone: Taken Last. Strategic Management incorporates utilization of a textbook, Capstone Foundation simulation, and other resources such as Internet and workplace materials. Undergraduate marketing prerequisite required.

Nonprofit Management and Leadership students will select 5 courses within the concentration:

Management of Nonprofit Organizations (MBA 504/804) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Students will apply the principles of designing a nonprofit organization and the means for a successful launch. Students will learn to identify and research entities that support the efforts of nonprofit organizations including funding for maximum impact in the community. Students will examine nonprofit practices in human resource development, organizational development and apply strategies for nonprofit sector success in a managerial role. 3 credits.
Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (MBA 507/807) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Focuses on the specific elements of nonprofit financial management, explores the differences in not-for-profit accounting standards, including contribution accounting, program designation of operating expenses, sources of revenue, budgeting, and governmental reporting requirements. Financial analysis, cost accounting, auditing, cash flow management, and internal and management controls are examined. Students will develop and analyze financial reports for effective financial management. 3 credits.
Legal Issues in Nonprofit Organizations (MBA 516/816) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Students will understand the background of the legal issues for nonprofit management and the differences between public and private entities. Students will recognize the specific rules and regulations surrounding the nonprofit sector as they apply to local, state, and federal entities including the IRS and create a reporting mechanism for oversight. The intersection of governance models, role of nonprofit board of directors, fundraising regulations, and service to the community will be examined. 3 credits
Nonprofit Fundraising and Grant Writing (MBA 512/812) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Examines the aspects, importance, and significance of fundraising for nonprofit organizations. Management of the fundraising function including the elements of information management and donor research will be explored. Students will understand the importance of relationship building as a fundraising strategy and apply the principles of fundraising research for nonprofit organizations. Students will engage in effective grant writing to develop a “case for support” and for sustaining a nonprofit organization. 3 credits.
Board Development and Governance (MBA 514/814) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course examines the critical elements of a policy governance model for nonprofits. Students will develop a board policy manual, learn to write board policies, develop skills for practicing policy governance, and acquire skills for implementing this governance model in a nonprofit organization. 3 credits.
Publicity and Public Relations (MBA 502/802) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Examines the techniques and strategies used to gain public support for an individual or organization. How spokespersons are selected and used to project policy are examined along with the use of techniques, such as interview and speech opportunities. A special emphasis is placed on integrating strategies and tools used by professionals to market a product or idea, increase sales, or change an organization's positioning or reputation. Campaigns are analyzed through a management approach that stresses strategic planning and implementation techniques. 3 credits.
Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship (MBA 686/886) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Sustainability and social entrepreneurship introduces the graduate student to the triple bottom line of sustainability (people, profit, planet) as related to pharmaceutical and chemical product development; and, to social entrepreneurship concepts that guide how such a business is run.  The focus of the course is on balancing a company’s need to maximize profits, while also minimizing negative impact on the environment, and maximizing positive social impact. Industry-relevant examples are used, to illustrate these concepts in a practical way.
New Venture Formation and Business Development (MBA 688/888) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course provides brief lectures on the process of writing a business plan, suited to a new venture (or acquiring a growing concern) that a student is interested in starting, as well as lectures on business development. Class is taught both as lecture and in regular mentoring sessions between the student and the faculty mentor(s) they are assigned, to guide them through the process of writing their own business plan. Weekly exercises are provided, with feedback given to the student each week to prepare them for the next step in the process, until a complete business plan is written. Students also gain an understanding of the business development process, associated with commercializing a product or service within a company.
Public Speaking: Professional Reports and Presentations (MMC 540/840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Public Speaking: Professional Reports and Presentations is a five-unit course that addresses the development of proficiency in organizing, researching, structuring, editing and presenting oral presentations, covering a diverse range of topics from delivery, visual aids, nonverbal communication, and voice, to argumentation, evidence, and emotional appeal. For those doing this course at a distance, speeches will be videotaped by the student and analyzed for areas of potential improvement.
Marketing Research and Intelligence (MBA 578/878) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Students will learn to target markets by leveraging the use of marketing research and analytics. The reasons for marketing research, and how to analyze the data derived from multiple forms such as surveys, sales reports and logs, and social media are put into practice. Students will learn how marketing intelligence can help realize full marketing growth potential, and its impact on profitability.
Fraud Management (MBA 576/876) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Fraud Management is designed to provide students with a basis understanding of the principles of occupational fraud, emphasizing circumstances with which any management team may ultimately be confronted . The course covers fraud in the areas of skimming, cash larceny, check fraud, register schemes, and misappropriation of cash and assets. A brief overview of corruption and interviewing of employees when a fraud is suspected is also included.
Public Program Evaluation (MPA 540/840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Legal Aspects in Business entails the study of the contemporary and legal issues facing managers and the development of practical skills for analyzing decision-making from both the legal and ethical standpoints . Issues will be studied from the position of managerial decision-making with an emphasis on the establishment of sound, well-grounded policies intended to prevent and resolve disputes.
Internship (MBA 545/845) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The Internship experience is meant to give students a real world perspective in a business related area, while working toward completion of the MBA degree. An Internship can be taken by any student in any concentration. Curricular emphasis is placed on student use of learned skills and exposure to hands-on business techniques. Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of clock time at their internship site. This is a 3 credit course.

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