M.A. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Rothberg International School - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Program Description

M.A. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Rothberg International School - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Nonprofit Management and Leadership One Year M.A. Program

offered in conjunction with the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare

This intensive, one-year program is designed to create a cadre of leaders of the nonprofit world with cutting-edge skills and ample theoretical and practical knowledge in management entrepreneurship and leadership.

The program provides students with an opportunity to study and share ideas with peers equally interested in civil society and social change, and to gain expertise that will contribute towards a career in the nonprofit sector.  The focus of the program is on issues of civil society and social change. Interested students may also choose to specialize in Jewish community leadership by selecting elective courses from the programs in Jewish studies and Israel studies.

Topics covered in the program include organization theory, planning, budgeting, fundraising, working with volunteers, management of boards, social  entrepreneurship, and more. Within the framework of the program, students can apply the knowledge they gain in class by getting hands-on experience through an internship and a supervised team project.  Project planning and development will take place in a nonprofit situated in Jerusalem or farther afield.

Students with knowledge of Hebrew may also take graduate-level courses taught in Hebrew through the M.A. program in Management of Nonprofit and Community Organizations offered by the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare.  Students may also take elective graduate courses offered in the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Courses from the M.A. program are also open to visiting graduate students on a one year or semester basis


The M.A. program consists of 42 credits over three consecutive semesters (autumn, spring and summer), including required courses and electives. Students will be expected to conclude all courses for credit with a grade based on either an exam or written paper.

Students study two days a week. In addition to courses, students will intern eight hours a week over the course of their studies.

2012-2013 Course list sample:

  • Strategic Planning and Evaluation
  • Leadership and Social Responsibility
  • Organization Theory for Non-Profits 
  • Third Sector and Civil Society in Israel and Internationally
  • Organizational Change
  • NGO Finances
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Leadership Development in Organizations
  • Community Councils in Jerusalem (Field Trips)
  • Social Business and the Fourth Sector
  • Marketing 
  • Fund Raising

Summer Semester

The summer semester will take place from July 8, 2013 until August 15, 2013. Summer session is an intensive period of study offering one required course and  electives courses offered four days a week.

Admission Requirements

Qualified candidates with a bachelor's degree from accredited institutions of higher education are eligible for admission to the program. Admission is competitive and is based on transcripts and letters of recommendation. 

Candidates must have: 

  • at least a 3.2 ("B") grade-point average 
  • a B.A. in Social Sciences or another related discipline (e.g. Social Work) 
  • a basic background in statistics, economics, and quantitative research methods.

Knowledge of English: Candidates who did not previously study at an educational institution where the language of instruction is English must submit official TOEFL scores or the equivalent. The minimum TOEFL score required is 573 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer-based test, and 89 on the Internet-based test. 

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
1 year
Full time
17,000 USD
Start date Oct. 2016
Israel Jerusalem
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 17,000 USD