MBA/Certificate in Nonprofit Management

​Master the business of nonprofit management.

If you are considering applying your business skills to the nonprofit sector, or simply want to gain a better grasp of the nonprofit world, we encourage you to apply for our nonprofit management certificate program. You will learn how to start and operate a nonprofit organization, and even have the chance to collaborate with a nonprofit of your choice.

How it works

  • Upon departmental approval, you can take a maximum of six units of coursework from the USD School of Law, USD School of Leadership and Education Sciences or other USD graduate programs to count as electives toward your MBA. As such, six units may be taken from the School of Leadership and Education Sciences' Nonprofit Leadership and Management program. These courses include:
    • LEAD 501: Nonprofit Management Fundamentals, 3 units (Fall semesters only). This course is a pre-requisite for all other nonprofit management courses, so you will need to take it first or concurrently with other nonprofit courses.
    • 3 additional units of coursework in the nonprofit management program, which you can find by visiting the SOLES website. (see website for course listings)
  • While we are not able to count additional units toward your MBA degree, completing three additional units of coursework in the nonprofit management program will enable you to receive a certificate in nonprofit management. The requirement to receive the certificate is nine credit units.
  • As an MBA student wishing to enter the nonprofit management certificate program, you do not need to complete the SOLES application process. Acceptance into the MBA program fulfills admittance requirements.
  • At this point, only five MBA students can enroll in the program each year.

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