New concentration aids those helping others

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As the work of nonprofits scale and business models evolve, their leaders are looking toward top business schools for training geared toward their specific needs. Goizueta is well positioned to respond.

Two years ago, Goizueta launched its nonprofit management concentration, which has been expanding in size, scope, and relevance ever since. Only Evening MBA students can enroll, but all Goizueta students may take nonprofit-related electives that make up the forward-thinking curriculum. Many of the EvMBA students entering the concentration already work for nonprofits, and they make up about 10 percent of Goizueta’s current EvMBA students.

“Nonprofit professionals are beginning to seek out business degrees as opposed to other avenues such as public policy,” says Kathleen Edwards, director of MBA admissions, Evening MBA Program. “Nonprofit professionals are finding that learning management skills and business fundamentals is important in not only advancing their own careers in the nonprofit sector but also making a difference in leading organizations more efficiently and more successfully.”

Concentration courses include business and society, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit accounting and, launching next fall, the new elective “topics in the nonprofit sector.” Those topics will encompass a variety of areas familiar to nonprofit professionals but not always explored in business schools, such as board governance, legal structure, impact measurement, and nonprofit revenue generation.

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