Our academic history is deeply rooted in preparing students to serve others, and our faculty exemplifies this tradition. 

Managing a successful not-for-profit organization is very similar to managing a business. Concordia University Chicago’s MBA specialization 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. 

Learning Objectives

Concordia University Chicago's not-for-profit management MBA specialization and certificate courses give 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.

Specialization Outcomes

1.  Evaluate and demonstrate understanding of the legal and financial structure and mission of not-for- profit organizations.

2.  Apply and assess ethical decisions as it pertains to the rules regarding board formation, governance, grant writing, and funding sources of not-for-profit organizations.

3. Demonstrate the ability to make managerial and regulatory decisions for not-for-profit accounting and preparation of the financial statements.

4. Evaluate and assess technology and management decision-making tools such as operational forecasts and budgets to support the objectives of not-for-profit strategies which are globally focused.

Career Possibilities

Concordia-Chicago's MBA in not-for-profit management will prepare you to serve in areas such as the arts, community development, renewable resources, and social services.

  • Executive Director
  • Corporate Partnerships Manager
  • Program Director
  • Director of Advancement
  • Director of Outreach
  • Director of Development

Specialization Information

Not-for-Profit Management

Offered Terms

Semester 1

1st  (8 weeks)  


Introduction to NFP Organizations

2nd (8 weeks)  


Financial Management of NFP Organizations*cross list with MBAA 6320

Semester 2

1st  (8 weeks)  


Topics in Board Governance & Management of Volunteers*

2nd (8 weeks)  


Fund Development & Management*

*Courses are offered on a rotational basis

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 applications.

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.

Topics in 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. Study best practices in industry, identify industry weaknesses and recommend process improvements.

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 organization’s mission. Sources of funding beyond grants, project management and discussions of industry best practices.

Seminar in Higher Education (EDU 6015)

In addition to the base program curriculum, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Course Description

This course will serve as an introduction to the U.S.-based higher education learning environment. Students will work to understand Concordia University Chicago’s academic conventions, technological systems and communication culture while developing English grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

The Seminar in Higher Education is an excellent opportunity for students to further develop critical skills to help them to be successful in their academic program. This 3-credit course is mandatory for international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus. 

Course Objectives

  • Developing knowledge about local and academic culture
  • Building grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Conducting graduate-level research with the use of electronic and library resources
  • Developing note-taking strategies for coursework
  • Reflecting on the U.S.-based education system

Academic support for work in students’ current coursework will also be provided during or after class. Guest speakers include representatives from the campus library, writing center and technology services.

Student feedback for the Seminar in Higher Education

  • After taking the Seminar, I have the ability to perform more professionally in my assignments.

  • The instructor was very dynamic and a good listener. He gave feedback and made sure all the students understood.

  • The hands-on activities after the lessons helped my learning experience.

  • The professor truly cares for the students. He helps students individually and encourages us to support our peers.

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