Managing a successful not-for-profit organization is very similar to managing a business. Concordia-Chicago’s MBA with a concentration of not-for-profit management addresses the unique attributes of a not-for-profit organization while providing a solid business foundation in areas such as management, finance and marketing. Our academic history is deeply rooted in preparing students to serve others, and our professors exemplify this tradition.
The not-for-profit management MBA gives students a grounding in the unique legal structure and mission of not-for-profit organizations. Students learn about the rules regarding board formation and governance, grant writing and funding sources. A key objective is to build students skills to the point where they can successfully complete a capstone project on Grant Writing, Management, and Evaluation.
The MBA in Not-for-Profit Management will prepare you to serve in areas such as the arts, community development, renewable resources, and social services.
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Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program one class at a time, in a predetermined sequence.
These classes are available in the classroom or online.
Examine interpersonal behavior related to organizational performance. Behavioral science motivation, social perception, group decision making, ethical leadership and multicultural behavior.
Introduction of key financial accounting concepts. Analysis of a firm’s historical, current and prospective financial condition and performance. Emphasis on investment and credit decision.
Developing and evaluating brand strategies over the life of the product. Strategies for introducing brands and reviving brands. Includes basic marketing principles of product, price, promotion, environment and customer.
Focus on basic microeconomic principles of the firm and relevance in business decisions. Covers supply and demand and its relationship to market outcomes and economic determinants of consumption, savings, and labor behavior.
Basic statistical concepts and analytical tools for data driven decision making. Introduction to concepts of frequency, distribution, variation and normal curve correlations with application to business decisions.
Decision making, negotiations and ethics. Cultural impact on management strategy. Create value, motivate resources, leading and creating high performance teams. Integrating performance across business units.
Focus on creation of money, function and roles of financial institutions, fiscal and monetary policy and the Federal Reserve system. Covers economic theory of financial markets and impact of government policies, determinants of national income, employment, investment, interest rates, inflation and exchange rates.
Analyze policies in human resource management and organizational design, recruitment, selection hiring, development promotion and incentive based pay.
Concentrates on strategic decisions surrounding the production and delivery of goods and services. Value-added activities that transform resources into product. Covers process analysis, quality, inventory control, capacity planning and location decisions.
These classes are only available online.
Not-for-profit organizations and the environments they operate in. A profile of the industry, and an introduction to a not-for-profit’s organizational purpose, governance and funding structures. Emphasis on ethics and social economic issues and the difficult task of transforming an organization’s purpose into action. A service-learning project will incorporate theories into real-world application.
Financial accountability and internal controls. Accounting for basic transactions and events and generation of financial statements. Analysis of financial statements to understand the financial health of an organization. Financial management tools for decision making such as operational forecasts, budgets and incremental analysis.
Emphasizes importance of volunteers to a not-for-profit enterprise or church. Recruiting and motivation of volunteers. Proper role of the board of directors. Leadership issues and topics.
Development of current and long-range strategic plans. Research and development of actual grant application. Presentation and communication of strategic plan and grant application. Exploration of partnerships and social networks to further an origination’s mission. Sources of funding beyond grants, project management, and discussions of industry best practices
Capstone Experience. Integrate knowledge and skills gained from the MBA program and apply them in a real business environment. Learn how to use teamwork to solve authentic business challenges. Students must have completed 30 hours of MBA coursework.
Students can choose from the following class formats:
MBA courses are $690 per credit hour. Most courses are worth three credits. Thirty-nine credits are required to complete the MBA program. Payment is due at the start of each term. Financial aid is available.
Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program one class at a time, in a predetermined sequence. This collaborative environment accelerates learning and builds strong peer relationships that last a lifetime. We also host occasional networking events for our MBAs, which allows them to interact with other cohorts and alumni.
We facilitate a close working relationship between students and faculty. Group work is often part of the curriculum, which helps prepare students to work collaboratively in the business world. Student discussion is encouraged as the MBAs learn from each other’s diverse backgrounds.
At the end of the program, students will complete a capstone course. This class integrates the knowledge and skills gained from the MBA courses and applies them to a real business environment. Students will work as a team to solve an authentic business challenge.
Career possibilities may include: