Public & Nonprofit MBA Curriculum

Students enrolled in the program earn a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Public & Nonprofit management. The program combines a rigorous core business curriculum with elective courses in Public & Nonprofit management, a required summer internship, and an engaged alumni community of graduates resulting in a full and vigorous experience for students. Whether you are forming a new nonprofit, managing a large and well-established organization, or engaged in a corporate or private philanthropy or enterprise, you will learn the tools and skills you need to be successful.

MBA Core Courses

MBA Core: The School’s required MBA courses give you a solid mastery of such management fundamentals as strategic planning, information systems, accounting, finance, operations management, quantitative methods, economics, marketing, and organizational behavior.

Core Courses

AC710: Financial Reporting and Control

An introduction to accounting, and an examination of how it helps in decision-making. Financial accounting (information needs of stockholders, creditors, and analysts) and managerial accounting (information needs of managers) are stressed equally. Topics covered include income statement and balance sheet format, purposes, and limitations; statement of cash flows; analysis of financial statements; cost behavior; use of relevant costs in decision making; budgeting; and divisional performance measurement.

FE721: Financial Management

Financial Management examines three sets of problems: (1) saving and investment decisions by households, (2) investment and financing decisions by corporations, and (3) the role of securities markets and financial intermediaries in the economy. Decisions today affect the timing of and uncertainty about future flows of income; both timing and risk determine the current value of those future flows. This course develops the tools required to analyze these decisions and their interaction within the financial system.

FE727: Economics and Management Decisions

The aim of the course is to present many of the decision problems managers face and to present the economic analysis they need to guide these decisions. In the first half of the course, microeconomic tools are used to structure complicated decision problems about production, pricing, investment, and other strategic issues, address uncertainty through probabilistic forecasts and sequential decisions. An additional goal is to distinguish different market structures and apply competitive strategies using game theory. In the second half, the focus shifts to the study of the national and global economic environments within which companies operate. We identify the drivers of fluctuations in GDP, inflation, interest and exchange rates, and other key features of the economies. Since governments play key roles in determining the fate of economies and companies, the final theme is the rationale for and efficacy of government policy tools.

IS710: IT Strategies for a Networked Economy

This case-based course demonstrates the role that information technology plays in shaping business strategy and business models. It provides an overview of the key technologies that are important in today’s business environment and introduces organization and management concepts relating to the information technology function. The course also illustrates the relationships between organizational performance and the ability to leverage knowledge assets.

MK723: Marketing Management

This course builds an in-depth understanding of basic marketing concepts and applies those concepts to a variety of management situations, including non-profit and public sector settings. The course provides working knowledge of the tools of marketing (product policy, pricing, distribution, promotion, consumer behavior), and the ways in which these tools can be usefully employed. The course builds practical skills in analyzing marketing problems and opportunities, and in developing marketing programs.

OB713: Managing Organizations and People

This course introduces concepts, models and frameworks to help you become better managers of the organizations you work for, the teams you work in, the people you work with and your own professional development. Emphasis will be on behavioral science concepts and research findings related to the major challenge managers face—how to organize individuals in order to fulfill the objectives and strategies of the firm. Topics that will be examined include: the nature and dynamics of the organization (organizational structure and culture, performance systems and metrics, reward systems, selection and socialization); the elements of individual leadership and personal development (power, decision-making, emotional intelligence, career development, developmental needs, feedback, and mentoring and coaching); managing change within organizational contexts (the dynamics and stages of organizational change and the skills and tactics employed by change agents); and the relationships between the firm and the external environment in which it operates. The course objective is to provide analytical skills and strategies, substantive knowledge, and a professional sensibility that will increase your ability to take effective action in firms, agencies and other organizations.

OM725: Creating Value Through Operations and Technology

This MBA core course is case-oriented and focuses on topics of use to managers in any environment: process analysis, process improvement, supply chain management, and strategic operations decision-making. The course emphasizes the importance of effectiveness and efficiency and evaluates the potential trade-offs between them.

PL700: Introduction to Business Law

This course will survey contemporary issues in selected areas of law and ethics. We will introduce pivotal areas of law, so that students begin to anticipate legal problems, analyze how to avoid them, and realize how legal principles can be employed to add value in their chosen fields. The subjects are torts, contracts, employment law, securities regulation and corporate governance. We expect that this overview of a few disciplines will encourage students to explore other legal topics relevant to their business interests. We will also offer an analytic structure that enables students to identify ethical issues in business, analyze options and make choices consistent with their own values.

QM716: Data Analysis for Managerial Decision-Making

Managers deal with a large amount of information in quantitative form. Effective managers must understand the conditions under which quantitative techniques may be appropriately applied for decision-making. In this course, students develop skills in using the computer to examine and report data. The focus is on deriving meaning from particular data sets, and the use of statistical estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression/correlation analysis in decision-making.

SI750: Competition, Innovation, and Strategy

This is an integrative course designed to capitalize on your understanding of Finance, Operations Management, Marketing, and other functional issues. The course draws on a number of academic disciplines, especially economics, organization theory, and sociology, to build a fundamental understanding of how and why some firms achieve and sustain superior performance. We also study why some firms persistently generate returns that are lower than average. The course is analytically focused and requires that you evaluate both the external environment and the internal capabilities of organizations. Corporate diversification and global management are important topics that are also featured.

Other Required Courses

The following additional courses are required for all full-time MBA students.

ES700: Executive Presentation

A presenter’s delivery skills impact the audience’s image of the presenter and the clarity of the message being communicated. A combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on practice and simulation, this course is designed to help you exercise leadership through verbal communication.

ES701: Executive Written Communication

This course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on practice. It’s designed to help you exercise leadership through writing and understand how strategies of written communication are an essential aspect of effective management, working relationships in the network era, and overall business strategy.

ES707: Managing Career Growth

The MBA is simply a step along the path of a career. It provides the skills and tools necessary to take many steps forward, but you must manage where those steps lead and how. Managing Career Growth will provide you the understanding of to managing your own career going forward. The class will cover:

  • Career self-assessment (interests, values and skills)
  • Networking and developmental relationships
  • Career management/advancement strategies
  • Developing your career marketing plan and professional portfolio

All with the purpose of providing a foundation to not only manage your next steps but continuously assess, network, market and manage yourself. You are indeed a business of one and you are the one responsible for managing that business.

ES740: Career Management

The Career Management course is jointly sponsored by the faculty, the Feld Career Center staff, and student clubs. This professional development course is designed to assist you in transforming your personal interests into professional goals, and these goals into an MBA level, candidate-driven internship and job search. The Career Management course integrates a set of complementary resources and activities: self-assessment, career management tools, skill building opportunities, and active involvement in a career development community. The overall objective is to help you:

  1. Determine your professional goals,
  2. Develop and implement a plan for achieving them,
  3. Acquire the specific skills and experiences needed to become market ready, and
  4. Build your personal brand and professional network.

ES741: Career Community

Early in semester 1, students will enroll in one section of ES741 that best aligns with their career interests and needs (ES741). There are nine career communities to choose from, as listed in the syllabus for ES740. Each Career Community will have a minimum of two meetings during each semester. Students will enroll in ES742 for second semester, and ES743 for the third semester. Generally, students will sign up for the same Career Community each term, unless they decide that another community aligns better with their evolving career interests and needs. Credit for participation in a Career Community is given for ES743 as students near the end of their MBA program.

ES742: Career Community II

Early in semester 1, students will enroll in one section of ES741 that best aligns with their career interests and needs (ES741). There are nine career communities to choose from, as listed in the syllabus for ES740. Each Career Community will have a minimum of two meetings during each semester. Students will enroll in ES742 for second semester, and ES743 for the third semester. Generally, students will sign up for the same Career Community each term, unless they decide that another community aligns better with their evolving career interests and needs. Credit for participation in a Career Community is given for ES743 as students near the end of their MBA program.

ES743: Career Community III

Early in semester 1, students will enroll in one section of ES741 that best aligns with their career interests and needs (ES741). There are nine career communities to choose from, as listed in the syllabus for ES740. Each Career Community will have a minimum of two meetings during each semester. Students will enroll in ES742 for second semester, and ES743 for the third semester. Generally, students will sign up for the same Career Community each term, unless they decide that another community aligns better with their evolving career interests and needs. Credit for participation in a Career Community is given for ES743 as students near the end of their MBA program.

Required PNP Coursework

Required Course

The following course must be taken in addition to the general MBA curriculum:

PNP Elective Options