Public & Nonprofit MBA Curriculum

Whether you plan to work in the nonprofit, public, or private sector, the Public & Nonprofit MBA Program prepares you with the financial, operational, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills to lead and manage in today’s changing environment. The full-time Public & Nonprofit MBA experience includes a realigned core curriculum that allows you to explore your specialty earlier in the program. Right away, you’ll begin to build comprehensive knowledge of management disciplines that prepares you to engage the forces transforming the global economy. And you’ll acquire the global and ethical frameworks you’ll need as a business leader.

As you would expect in a leading institution, the curriculum is constantly evolving to anticipate the future needs of graduates. The following charts are for reference purposes only and are subject to change each semester.

64 credits

Pre-Term

Pre-Term is designed to integrate you into the School community and introduce you to key learning themes that will provide a foundation for your entire Public & Nonprofit MBA experience. Key topics include ethics and corporate social responsibility, global understanding, team skills, analytical thinking, and risk management. You’ll also build professional skills and knowledge through early engagement with the School’s Feld Career Center.

1 week
1 credit

Core Module 1

In the first year Core Modules, you’ll learn essential management concepts through a sequence of integrated courses combined with focused projects.

Topics in Core Module 1 introduce students to the organization as a whole through courses covering economics of decisions, businesses and markets, business analytics, and financial accounting. Students will explore the problems that managers face and the tools managers can utilize in decision making.

7.5 weeks
9 credits

Core Module 2

Module 2 will enable you to understand how functions contribute to the organization. The courses taken in this module progress through functional areas (such as entrepreneurship, finance, and marketing), and include how production or service delivery is organized, how output is sold, and how products are paid for and distributed.

7.5 weeks
9 credits

Pre-Week

During Pre-Week you’ll take an intensive course focused on business law that surveys contemporary issues and pivotal areas of law. You’ll learn to anticipate legal problems, analyze how to avoid them, and formulate how legal principles can be employed to add value in your chosen field.

1 week
2 credits

Core Module 3

Core Module 3 centers on how to strategically position, manage, and lead organizations for success. This module will provide you an understanding of information systems and the role that information technology plays in shaping business strategy and models; organizational behavior models and key frameworks that improve managerial and teamwork skills; and methods of assessing a firm’s external environment and internal resources in order to design and implement effective strategies.

7.5 weeks
9 credits

Exploration Module

The Exploration Module provides the opportunity, before your summer internship, to gain early exposure to the public & nonprofit sector. You’ll learn the fundamentals of accounting and finance associated with governmental and nonprofit organizations, and have the opportunity to complete an elective course that suits your interests and career goals. See a list of sample electives.

3 of the 8 total electives throughout the curriculum must be PNP electives.

6.5 weeks
6 credits

Summer Internship

Your first year courses prepare you for an internship with an understanding of the functional areas of business, the public & nonprofit sector, and the forces transforming the global economy. We encourage all students to take part in a summer internship. A summer internship offers you the chance to gain exposure to, and make contacts within, your desired field.

100% of full-time Public and Nonprofit MBA students in the Class of 2012 accepted an internship offer for the summer of 2011.

Post-Core

The Post-Core is your opportunity to engage in deep functional and specialized coursework to take electives and participate in experiential learning opportunities as you apply the skills and you gained in the core.

As part of the Year Two Fall semester, you’ll also complete a course on ethical leadership in a global economy. In this unique capstone learning experience, you’ll be exposed to how the global economy is transforming economic sectors, presenting new risks and calling forth innovation.

3 of the 8 total electives throughout the curriculum must be PNP electives.

15 weeks
16 credits

Post-Core

The Post-Core continues in the spring with your choice of electives and specialized coursework, which will provide you deeper sector and functional knowledge tailored to your post-graduation plans. In addition, you’ll complete a Global Engagement Experience, where you’ll be challenged to not only understand globalization in the economic sense, but to understand how the people, culture, and history within a country impact how business is conducted.

3 of the 8 total electives throughout the curriculum must be PNP electives.

15 weeks
12 credits