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

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

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.