Public and Nonprofit Management Program
The mission of the Public and Nonprofit Management Program (PNP) at Boston University is to prepare graduates to be strategic and effective leaders of nonprofit organizations and social enterprises in the public, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. Additionally, the program is dedicated to engaging all students in understanding the interchange among the public, nonprofit, and profit-making sectors and how the three sectors can work together to improve social and economic conditions worldwide.
The program combines a rigorous core business curriculum with elective courses in public and nonprofit management, a required summer internship, and an engaged alumni community of graduates resulting in a full and vigorous experience for students. Whether you are forming a new nonprofit, managing a large and well-established organization, or engaged in a corporate or private philanthropy or enterprise, you will learn the tools and skills you need to be successful.
Required Course (1)
The following course is required:
- OB841 Fundamentals of Nonprofit Management (formerly AC840)*
Elective Courses (3)
Three courses selected from the following list are required:
- IM852 Brazil Field Seminar
- MK867 Marketing Social Change
- OB830 Leading the Mission Driven Organization
- OB835 Leading Sustainable Enterprises
- OB840 Management Consulting Field Project
- OM845 Clean Technologies and Supply Chains
- PL837 Strategic Fundraising and Corporate Philanthropy
- PL850 Social Entrepreneurship
- PL882 Public Policy Analysis
- SI836 Foundations of Environmental Sustainability
- SI849 Global Sustainability
- SI870 Strategies for Sustainable Development (formerly PL870)
* Students should not take OB841 if they have completed AC840.
The following courses are no longer offered. If previously taken, these courses will count toward PNP program requirements.
Students wishing to select an elective not listed above, or one at another BU School or College, must get the approval of David Stolow, Faculty Director of the PNP Program, and fill out an Elective Request Form available in the Graduate Programs Office.
Students are required to complete a 300-hour internship in a public, private, or nonprofit organization. Students selecting a private sector enterprise must focus their work on corporate social responsibility, sustainability, cause marketing, social enterprise, social impact, philanthropy or work for a socially responsible company. Students must confirm their internship with the GPO by completing the pre- and post-internship forms.
Part-time students may waive the internship requirement with applicable work experience, pending permission of the PNP faculty director. To apply for this waiver please complete the Internship Waiver Form. You will be asked to provide your resume, along with a brief description of your experience, your professional aspirations, and your reason for requesting an internship waiver.
MS·MBA students are eligible to enroll in the Public and Nonprofit Management Program, and may complete the required internship following the MSIS summer intensive courses.
Faculty Director of the PNP Program
Advisor to the PNP Program
Graduate Programs Office