Top Business Schools for Nonprofit Management 2019

A growing number of business students are looking for more than just a big salary; instead they are looking to create change by leveraging their MBAs to work in nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations, and social enterprises.

An MBA focused on the nonprofit industry can help students apply core business principles (like strategy, finance, and marketing) to these organizations, so they can effectively drive social impact. While the learning provided by generalized MBA programs can be applied to nonprofits, a growing number of business schools are offering specialized MBAs in Nonprofit Management or related degrees. These programs might cover concepts such as human rights, international development, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), among others, while exploring core business topics as well.

Students can also choose to pair their MBA with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) or a Master of Public Policy (MPP) through dual-degree offerings.

After completing an MBA in Nonprofit Management, students can go on to a variety of careers, such as managing a social enterprise. 

Cleveland, Ohio 10 Followers 12 Discussions

Weatherhead's Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, launched in 2002, serves as a hub for MBAs looking to work in not-for-profits and other mission-oriented organizations. Thirteen percent of the school’s MBA class of 2018 went into nonprofits, the highest percentage of all schools surveyed by FIND MBA. In partnership with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Weatherhead also offers an Executive MBA Nonprofit Certificate.

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Washington, District of Columbia 32 Followers 67 Discussions

The school’s MBA Certificate in Nonprofit Management aims to help students understand the intricacies of managing nonprofits. The school’s Institute for Corporate Responsibility produces relevant research.

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Washington, District of Columbia 22 Followers 54 Discussions
Georgetown - McDonough

McDonough’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative is a nexus for research and events relevant to the nonprofit sector. Besides the school’s MBA program, Georgetown also offers a nonprofit management program called “New Strategies” aimed to help senior nonprofit managers excel in their roles. Some eight percent of the MBA class of 2018 went into the nonprofit sector, one of the highest percentages of all schools surveyed by FIND MBA.

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Oxford, United Kingdom 59 Followers 243 Discussions
Oxford - Said

MBA students interested in managing nonprofits can use Oxford's Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship as a hub for making connections and finding resources. The center can also help students tailor their experiential projects to focus on social innovation. The school also offers a selection of social entrepreneurship electives.

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Edmonton, Canada 43 Followers 50 Discussions

Although the school does not offer an MBA in Nonprofit per se, interested students can pursue the MBA specialization in Public Policy & Management, which covers relevant topics. In recent years, six percent of the school’s MBA classes have gone into nonprofits.

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Boston, Massachusetts 24 Followers 30 Discussions
Suffolk - Sawyer

Through a range of unique curriculum—such as classes in "Grant Writing and Management" and "Public Service Communication"—the school's specialized MBA / Nonprofit prepares students for a career in this field. Suffolk also offers an MPA degree in nonprofit management.

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Geneva, Switzerland 14 Followers 18 Discussions
Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM)

Geneva, a hub for international organizations and NGO activity, is a magnet for those seeking a career in the nonprofit sector. The school offers a specialized “International Organizations MBA” that examines management of intergovernmental, public and nonprofit organizations.

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Boston, Massachusetts 144 Followers 92 Discussions

Students interested in delving deep into nonprofit management can pursue the school’s Public & Nonprofit Management MBA program. Three percent of Questrom’s MBA class of 2018 went into the nonprofit sector.

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New Haven, Connecticut 40 Followers 59 Discussions

In any given year, some five to ten percent of graduates go into the nonprofit sector. In the past, students have been recruited by nonprofit organizations like AmeriCare, the Nature Conservancy, and the Environmental Defense Fund.

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Waltham, Massachusetts 2 Followers 15 Discussions

With the “Heller MBA in Nonprofit Management,” Brandeis is one of only a handful of schools to offer a specialized MBA in this field. The program's curriculum is designed to look at management through a nonprofit lens, with a specific focus on “the triple bottom line” (people, planet, profit). Grads go on to do fulfilling work in organizations like the Peace Corps and the AIDS Action Committee.

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