PNP and Boston

The Difference the Public and Nonprofit MBA Makes

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.

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 Global Work (IGW)
IGW is an influential driver of research and thought leadership – one that shapes and guides leading-edge practices pertaining to global business processes.

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

Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC)
ITEC offers a new model for entrepreneurial research, education and commercialization.