Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Leadership


Program Description

Why M.A. in Nonprofit Management & Leadership?

  • Gain the expertise to lead in the nonprofit world.
  • Study social change in theory and practice.
  • Apply your knowledge in a hands-on internship with a nonprofit organization.



The intensive M.A. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership is a joint venture of Hebrew U's Rothberg International School (RIS) and the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare. As a participant in this program, you’ll be equipped with the skills you need to become a leader in the nonprofit world, with a focus on civil society and social change.


You will graduate with the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to pursue a high-level career in nonprofit organizations. Our core and elective courses cover organizational, social, and financial aspects of nonprofit management and leadership.


During the program, you will attend core and elective courses two days a week and a nonprofit internship eight hours a week over the course of one and a half semesters. Then in the summer semester, you will have five to six weeks of marathon courses (Mon-Thurs, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with each course lasting four days). You will also collaborate on a supervised team project during your year of study.


The M.A. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership program consists of 38 total credits over three consecutive semesters.


Provided as an example only and subject to change:

  • Managing Boards
  • Leadership and Social Responsibility
  • Organization Theory for Nonprofits
  • Third Sector and Civil Society in Israel and Internationally
  • Organizational Change
  • Finances for NGOs
  • Strategic Approaches to Social Innovation
  • Community Councils in Jerusalem (touring course)
  • Field Workshop: Getting to Know Israeli Nonprofits (touring course)
  • Social Business and the Fourth Sector
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Fundraising

Additionally, you may choose a limited number of elective courses outside of the program through the School of Social Work. If you have sufficient knowledge of Hebrew, you may take graduate-level courses through the M.A. in Management of Nonprofit and Community Organizations program offered by the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare.  

Modern Hebrew

Although not a requirement of the degree, basic knowledge of Modern Hebrew will enrich your experience in Israel. You have the option to enroll in Modern Hebrew courses offered in the autumn and spring semesters. You may also enroll in the Modern Hebrew Summer Ulpan (intensive Hebrew language training) prior to the start of the academic year for an additional fee.

Note: Modern Hebrew courses do not count towards your degree credit requirements.


You will not write a thesis in the M.A. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership program.


You will intern eight hours a week over the course of one and a half semesters with a nonprofit organization to gain hands-on leadership experience. A required internship workshop provides you with space to explore the integration between the conceptual framework of your studies and your internship experience. The internship counts towards degree credit requirements. You may intern within one of the following areas:

  • Helping immigrant populations
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Educational coexistence programs
  • Programs to advance coexistence and peace
  • Education
  • Programs that foster leadership locally and globally
  • Programs for people with special abilities
  • Environmental programs
  • Social issues within Israel
  • Global issues


This program prepares students for a diverse range of management positions in the nonprofit sector. Our graduates have gone on to become founders, development directors, and project managers of organizations that help marginalized populations and people with special abilities, museums and educational institutions, municipal governments, Jewish federations, and religious seminaries.

Student Life

“[I] built relationships with professors who would create the connections that would land me my new job in New York City.” Molly Wernick of the US, M.A. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership (2015)


To be eligible for acceptance, you must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by HebrewU
  • Minimum B average (85/100 or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of English

In addition to your online application, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  1. Academic Records: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a B average (85/100 or equivalent) or above. Applicants must submit transcripts and diplomas from all prior academic degrees.*
  2. Proof of English Proficiency: A TOEFL exam score of 89 or above, IELTS exam score of 7 or above, Amir exam score of 220 or above, or Amiram exam score of 120 or above. **
  3. CV and Statement of Purpose
  4. Two Academic Recommendations
  5. Photocopy of your Passport ID page
  6. Medical Form and Disclaimer Form (US citizens only) - both forms may be downloaded from the application website.

* Students who submit scanned copies of their academic records may be accepted to the program conditionally, pending submission of original academic records

** If you have completed a degree at a university at which English is the sole language of instruction, or if you have completed a degree in English Language and Literature, you can request an exemption. You must submit documentation from your university verifying English as the language of instruction. The exemption is not automatic and is determined on a case-by-case basis.

The program offers

Study tours: Tour-based courses are offered in which students visit various Israeli nonprofit organizations and meet with staff and volunteers as well as community boards in Jerusalem. in order to gain a deeper understanding of how nonprofits are run.

Internships: Students complete a mandatory 4-credit professional internship once a week at a nonprofit organization in the Jerusalem or Tel Aviv areas.

Other: Students complete a mandatory Project Workshop course in which they work as a team to develop and launch a community-based nonprofit project of their own. Students also have the option to study Modern Hebrew during the autumn and spring semesters at no extra cost.

Last updated Nov 2020

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