Academics

MBA in Not-for-Profit Management Application Deadlines

Managing a successful not-for-profit organization is very similar to managing a business. Concordia University Chicago’s MBA with a concentration in 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 MBA in Not-for-Profit Management can prepare you to serve in areas such as the arts, community development, renewable resources, and social services.

Program Profiles 

Length and Format

Students can choose from the following class formats:

  • Part-time (in the classroom), two years
  • Online, two years

Course Schedule

  • Part-time: Classes meet Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Students take one class at a time for eight-week terms.
  • Online: Students complete all coursework and discussions online. Students take one class at a time for eight-week terms.

Tuition

  • MBA courses are $699 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.

Curriculum

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.

Core Courses: These classes are available in the classroom or online.

  • Global Managerial and Organizational Behavior: Examine interpersonal behavior related to organizational performance. Behavioral science motivation, social perception, group decision making, ethical leadership and multicultural behavior.
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis: 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.
  • Marketing Design and Strategy: 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.
  • Managerial Economics: 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.
  • Seminar in Descriptive Statistics: 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.
  • Ethical Strategic Leadership: 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.
  • Macroeconomic Analysis: 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.
  • Management of Human Resources: Analyze policies in human resource management and organizational design, recruitment, selection hiring, development promotion and incentive based pay.
  • Operations Management: 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.

Concentration Courses: These classes are only available online.

  • Introduction to Not-for-Profit Organizations: 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 Management of Not-for-Profit Organizations: 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.
  • Board Governance and Management of Volunteers: 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.
  • Fund Development and Management: 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: This experience is designed to integrate the knowledge and skills gained from the MBA program and apply them in a real world business environment. Students will learn how to use teamwork to solve authentic business challenges.

Student Experience

Cohort Format

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.

Class Size

  • Average class size: 15
  • Maximum class size: 25 (15 online)

In the Classroom

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.

Project Work

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.

On-campus Environment

  • Full-service library: Our staff is eager to help you find the resources you need.
  • Study areas: There are various places around campus for group meetings or studying.
  • Wifi: Classrooms and study areas are wifi accessible.
  • Information Technology Services: Our technology staff provides personal attention and prompt care for software, hardware and networking needs.
  • Print Services: Exists to serve students, faculty and staff with their printing and copying needs.
  • Gymnasium, tennis courts, running track and workout facilities: All students have access to on-campus workout facilities.
  • Restaurants: There is a full-service cafeteria available to students as well as a grab-n-go café.
  • Vibrant community: The River Forest and Oak Park area is a lively community filled with restaurants, retail stores, museums and other attractions.
  • Transportation: The Concordia-Chicago campus is accessible via the CTA’s green line train and is minutes from I-290.

MBA Application Deadlines

August 15, 2014: Fall Term (classes begin August 25, 2014)

December 12, 2014: Spring Term (classes begin January 12, 2015)

No Application Fee. No GMAT Required.

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