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    Student ProfileDana Connolly Glen Gardner, New Jersey

     

Public & Nonprofit MBA

The Public & Nonprofit MBA (PNP), founded in 1973, is designed for students who seek to use core business management skills to address society’s most challenging humanitarian and social problems in the global economy. Whether you plan to work in the government, nonprofit, or private sector, this course of study will prepare you with the financial, operational, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills to lead and manage in today’s changing environment.

Students enrolled in the Public & Nonprofit MBA earn a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). The program combines a rigorous core business curriculum with elective courses in public and nonprofit management, a required Summer internship, and an engaged alumni community of graduates.

The Program

A compelling degree

BU’s Public and Nonprofit MBA program offers the opportunity to learn and apply rigorous business fundamentals in the service of positive social change.

Opportunities to learn and do

In addition to completing the required core curriculum, Public and Nonprofit MBA students can choose from broad array of relevant course offerings throughout the School of Management and across the university.  Courses address social marketing, mission-driven leadership, microfinance, entrepreneurship, sustainability, public health, and multi-sector partnerships.

Students can enhance their degree by adding a second concentration in a discipline such as finance, marketing, or information technology.

Full-time MBA students also complete a 300-hour paid summer internship and hands-on consulting projects at leading nonprofit organizations and public agencies. These experiences complement classroom learning and expand students’ professional networks.

With an emphasis on enriching your professional experiences and enhancing your problem-solving abilities, the PNP program prepares you to lead through exposure to:

A robust network for career advancement

The Public and Nonprofit MBA program has forged strong and vibrant relationships with outstanding nonprofits and public agencies in Boston and beyond.  These relationships enhance learning, facilitate networking, and foster long-term career advancement.  You can find more information about PNP careers in the Career Services section of the website.

The mid-career Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership brings 70 senior executives to campus each week, creating opportunities for students to initiate connections and explore their interests.

  • Boston is the birthplace and home of many of the nation’s most innovative and most admired nonprofits, including City Year, Jumpstart, Year Up, New Profit Inc., Partners In Health, Boston Community Capital, and Citizen Schools.
  • Boston-based nonprofits are at the sector’s leading edge, uniting rigorous business practices with strategies for both improving service delivery and instigating systemic change.
  • The Boston area offers a wide spectrum of nonprofit and public-sector learning and career opportunities, including nationally renowned teaching hospitals, universities, charter schools, national service organizations, financial intermediaries, and city, state, and federal agencies.  They are eager to work with BU MBA students and to hire them after they graduate.
  • The School of Management is home to a variety of institutes and research centers where students, faculty, and industry leaders work together to address today’s most pressing management issues. The centers include:

Research Centers

Our research centers facilitate innovation through research, forums, and ongoing relationships with businesses around the globe. The dynamic research that happens at each of these centers helps ground the School’s curriculum in reality while keeping students and faculty at innovation’s edge:

Behavioral Lab
The Behavioral Lab assists the School’s affiliated researchers in conducting simulations, experiments, and scenarios that will develop new knowledge about management and human behavior.

Center for Team Learning (CTL)
CTL supports the School’s students engaged in team learning, as well as faculty and core curriculum courses that use teams.

Executive Development Roundtable (EDRT)
EDRT is a consortium of upper-level executive and management-development professionals.

Human Resources Policy Institute (HRPI)
HRPI is a partnership of member companies, faculty, and Institute fellows.

Institute for Nonprofit Management & Leadership (INML)
INML provides executive education for nonprofit leaders and conducts important research in the nonprofit sector.

Partnerships

Give a Year Partnership with City Year

Boston University’s Public and Nonprofit MBA program has partnered with City Year, a leading national youth service organization operating in 20 US cities. This partnership highlights the visions and values of both organizations integrating the power of knowledge and service in addressing social problems. The partnership will help bring idealistic and committed leaders with a high level of maturity, insight and experience working in diverse settings to the Boston University campus. Through Give a Year Partnerships, colleges and universities highlight their commitment to service by providing financial scholarships and recognition to students who give a year or more of service to their communities through City Year.

The School of Management offers the following benefits:

  • A minimum $25,000 LEAD Scholarship toward the Two-Year Public & Nonprofit MBA. For full-time students, the minimum award amount will be $12,500 per year and renewable for a second year. Enrolled students must meet the terms as noted in the Boston University School of Management Scholarship Terms and Acceptance, found in their admission packet.
  • Three Scholarships will be awarded to City Year alumni who have at least one year of service and/or City Year staff members who have been employed for at least two years. Applicants must be successful in gaining admission to the Boston University School of Management.
  • Application fee waiver for all City Year corps members, staff and alumni, regardless of program choice, this includes applicants to the One-Year International MBA and to the Professional Evening MBA. To receive this fee waiver, applicants should follow the instructions as outlined on the Boston University School of Management website.
  • A one-year enrollment deferral for students admitted to the Public & Nonprofit MBA who decide to serve with City Year before starting their study. If a deferment is needed, the corps member or alum should contact the Boston University School of Management regarding the process for deferment.
  • Applicants will be considered for additional merit-based funding depending on the strength of their application.

To identify your City Year affiliation: Contact the Admissions Office at (617) 353-2670 or mba@bu.edu to get the application fee waived and to identify yourself as a City Year member. Please also self-identify on your resume and/or essay.

Education Pioneers Partnership and Scholarship Program

EducationPioneersBoston University’s Public and Nonprofit MBA program has partnered with Education Pioneers. With a mission to identify, train, connect, and inspire a new generation of leaders dedicated to transforming our educational system so that all students receive a quality education, Education Pioneers has been building a nationwide network of education change agents outside the classroom since 2003. This partnership highlights the visions and values of both organizations integrating the power of knowledge and service in addressing social problems. The partnership will help bring idealistic and committed leaders with a high level of maturity, insight and experience working in diverse settings to the Boston University campus.

The School of Management offers the following benefits:

  • A minimum $20,000 Scholarship toward the Two-Year Public & Nonprofit MBA. For full-time students, the minimum award amount will be $10,000 per year and renewable for a second year. Enrolled students must meet the terms as noted in the Boston University School of Management Scholarship Terms and Acceptance, found in their admission packet.
  • Three Scholarships will be awarded to Education Pioneers alumni who have at least one year of service and/or staff members who have been employed for at least two years.  Applicants must be successful in gaining admission to the Boston University School of Management.
  • Application fee waivers for members, staff and alumni, regardless of program choice, this includes applicants to the One-Year International MBA and to the Professional Evening MBA. To receive this fee waiver, applicants should follow the instructions as outlined on the Boston University School of Management website.
  • Applicants will be considered for additional merit-based funding depending on the strength of their application.

To identify your Education Pioneers affiliation: Contact the Admissions Office at (617) 353-2670 or mba@bu.edu to get the application fee waived and to identify yourself as a candidate. Please also self-identify on your resume and/or essay.