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 program 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 graduate program. These courses include:
    • LEAD 501: Nonprofit Management Fundamentals, 3 units (Fall semester 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 which you can find by visiting the SOLES website. (see website for course listings)
  • The certificate requirement is nine credit units. Students may choose to take three additional units outside of the MBA program or ask your academic advisor which MBA courses are approved to satisfy the remaining three 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 admission requirements.
  • At this time, only five MBA students can enroll in the program each year.

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