The mission of the Public & Nonprofit Management MBA (PNP) at Boston University is to prepare graduates to be strategic and effective leaders of nonprofit organizations and social enterprises in the public, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. Additionally, the program is dedicated to engaging all students in understanding the interchange among the public, nonprofit, and profit-making sectors and how the three sectors can work together to improve social and economic conditions worldwide.
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 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.
The MBA core curriculum has been designed with a particular sequence of courses that provide an overview of management, its fundamental tools, and its key function areas. The curriculum grids listed below will help you understand degree requirements and plan your courses.
* Students should not take OB841 if they have completed AC840.
The following courses are no longer offered. If previously taken, these courses will count toward PNP program requirements.
Students wishing to select a Questrom MBA elective not listed above must get approval from David Stolow via email. Please copy Sally Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org) on that request. If you would like a non-Questrom elective from another BU School or College to apply as a PNP elective, please fill out an Elective Request Form available in the Graduate Academic & Career Development Center.
Students are required to complete a 300-hour internship in a public, private, or nonprofit organization. Students selecting a private sector enterprise must focus their work on corporate social responsibility, sustainability, cause marketing, social enterprise, social impact, philanthropy or work for a socially responsible company. Students must confirm their internship with the Graduate Academic & Career Development Center by completing the pre- and post-internship forms: Public & Nonprofit Management Internship Form (Part I) and Public & Nonprofit Management Internship Form (Part II).
Part-time students may waive the internship requirement with applicable work experience, pending permission of the PNP faculty director. To apply for this waiver please complete the Internship Waiver Form. You will be asked to provide your resume, along with a brief description of your experience, your professional aspirations, and your reason for requesting an internship waiver.
MS·MBA/MBA+MSDi students are eligible to enroll in the Public & Nonprofit Management Program, and may complete the required internship following the MSIS summer intensive courses.