Brandeis University

Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Master of Business Administration Nonprofit Management


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Business Administration Nonprofit Management

Format: Campus

Program Description:

MANAGING ORGANIZATIONS with a social mission, whether in the non-profit, public or for-profit sector, requires many skills -- mobilizing people from diverse backgrounds, delivering quality services while using resources efficiently, achieving organizational financial health and accountability, understanding the political, economic and policy forces that shape the world, evaluating and continuously improving an organization's performance, and developing a vision into a reality.

IN ADDITION TO THE MBA CORE CURRICULUM, all Heller MBA students have the option to select a concentration that enables them to develop expertise in a particular arena: Social Policy and Management; Health Care Management; Child, Youth and Family Services Management; Sustainable Development; or Social Impact Management. Each of these concentrations takes advantage of our membership in a top-rated school of social policy, using the faculty resources and research institutes of the Heller School to deliver state-of-the-art management knowledge in these areas. Through required and elective courses, students master the working knowledge needed to meet the practical challenges they will face when managing for a social mission.

Finance and Accounting Series: Acquire financial skills through a rigorous sequence of courses in accounting and finance.

Organizational and Operations Management: Analyze case studies and build management foundations from strategic planning to marketing, from human resource management to leadership, organizational behavior, and more.

Social Justice: Develop a vision for social change and learn to analyze research and policies that form the basis for that change.

Expand your knowledge with a frameworks course on social policy and one on social justice; learn to analyze, evaluate and advocate for sound knowledge-based social policies.

Manage for a Double Bottom Line: Learn program evaluation methods to assess social outcomes that may be difficult to quantify. Organizations need to be accountable to the financial bottom line as well as the organization's social mission. Apply methods of participatory management to engage stakeholders -- staff, community, even clients -- to meet desired social outcomes and provide quality human services.

Concentrations: Acquire a broad understanding of nonprofit management from one of several concentrations.

Practical Experience: Learn about real-life practices and problems through class projects with external organizations, case studies, and the Team Consulting Project.

Team Consulting Project: Complete your degree with a semester-long project working in a team with other students to address a current management challenge confronting a mission-based organization in the non-profit, for-profit, or public sector.


NEASC - New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

International Student Requirements:

Proof of English language proficiency.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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