MBA/Certificate in Nonprofit Management

​Master the business of nonprofit management.

If you're thinking about applying your business skills to the nonprofit sector, or you simply want a better grasp of the nonprofit world, we encourage you to apply for our nonprofit management certificate program. You'll learn how to start and operate a nonprofit organization, and you'll even get the chance to work with a nonprofit of your choice.

How it all works.

  • Once you have 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'll need to take it first or concurrently with other nonprofit courses.
    • 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 can't count additional units toward your MBA degree, if you complete three additional units of coursework in the nonprofit management program, you will receive a certificate in nonprofit management. (A minimum of nine credit units is needed to receive the certificate.)
  • As an MBA student wishing to enter the nonprofit management certificate program, you don't need to complete the SOLES application process as 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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