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M.A. in Nonprofit Management & Leadership

Why M.A. in Nonprofit Management & Leadership?

  • An academic degree that will prepare you to lead a nonprofit organization
  • A meaningful career that will allow you to impact society and effect sustainable change
  • A study abroad experience at Israel’s top university. 

The M.A. in Nonprofit Management & Leadership is a joint venture of the Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) and Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare. As a student in this intensive program, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to become a leader in the nonprofit world. Our core and elective courses cover organizational, social, and financial aspects of nonprofit management and leadership.

The program is three semesters long and runs from October – September. During the autumn and spring semesters, you will attend courses two full days a week. In the summer semester, you will have four weeks of marathon courses (7 hours a day, 4 days a week, with each course lasting one week). You will also participate in a supervised team project and collaborate with a nonprofit organization during your year of study.

The program consists of 38 academic credits over three consecutive semesters.

2022/2023 Course Catalog

Information about the M.A. in Nonprofit Management & Leadership starts on page 44 of the above catalog. The information provided in the catalog will help you get a sense of the structure of the program and kinds of courses offered, but changes are made from year to year.

You may choose one elective course outside the M.A. in Nonprofit Management & Leadership program. The course must be related to the nonprofit field and approved by the academic head of the program.

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 in the autumn and spring semesters, for an additional fee. You may also enroll in the Summer Ulpan (intensive Hebrew language training) prior to the start of the M.A. program, for an additional fee. More information about Modern Hebrew studies can be found here.

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 & Leadership program.

If you wish to write a thesis, you may do so by enrolling at the Hebrew University for an additional year (or more) as a special research student of the School of Social Work and Social Welfare. For information about admissions, please contact the Division of Graduate Studies.

Program Subject to Change.

Our faculty members specialize in a range of areas, including nonprofit organizational development and management, leadership models, civil society, societal change, social policy, social entrepreneurship, community organizing, philanthropy, human services, social work and more. The academic head of the M.A. in Nonprofit Management & Leadership is Prof. Ron Shor.

Click here for a list of Nonprofit Management & Leadership lecturers.

Click here to see what our alumni from recent years are doing professionally.

The Hebrew University’s RIS offers a rich extracurricular activities program, including tours, social and cultural events, lectures, and more. We support you throughout your stay with us so that Jerusalem becomes your home away from home. Learn more about the Office of Student Life here.

Click here to view one of the OSL’s weekly emails to students with information about events taking place on campus and around Jerusalem.

Early admissions
Apply: November 14 – December 31, 2022
Application fee:$120
First tuition payment of $1,500 by: January 31, 2023
Remaining tuition payment by: March 31, 2023
Early admissions scholarship: $1,000 (for students who apply and pay tuition in full by the above deadlines)
Additional scholarship for students who pay tuition in full by January 31, 2023: $500 (total of $1,500 scholarship)
Regular admissions
Apply: January 1 – March 31, 2023
Application fee: $120
First tuition payment of $1,500 by: May 1, 2023
Remaining tuition payment by: July 1, 2023
Early tuition payment scholarship for students who pay tuition in full by May 1, 2023: $250
Late admissions
Apply: April 1 – August 31, 2023
Application fee: $250

For a list of our scholarship dates and deadlines, please check our Scholarships and Financial Aid page.

Cancellation Policy

Applicants who complete their tuition payment and then decide to cancel their enrollment in the M.A. program will receive a full refund, but will be charged a withdrawal fee, as follows:

  • Cancellation by June 1, 2023$250 withdrawal fee
  • Cancellation by August 1, 2023: $500 withdrawal fee
  • Cancellation by October 14, 2023: $750 withdrawal fee


For information about withdrawal fees after October 15, 2023, please refer to our Tuition Fees & Refunds page.

Arrive on campus by: Approximately one week before your program starts; specific dates will be sent to accepted students via email.

Program length: October, 2023 – June, 2024. Check our academic calendar for exact dates.

Fees & Refunds
For information about tuition, health insurance, and housing fees and refunds, see our Tuition Fees & Refunds page.
A number of merit and need-based scholarships are available. See our Scholarships and Financial Aid page for more information.

For tips and ideas regarding scholarships and financial planning from our current and former students, see our How Did You Finance Your Studies pamphlet.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by the Hebrew University
  • 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:

  • Academic Records: Applicants must submit transcripts and diplomas from all prior academic degrees.
  • Proof of English Proficiency: A TOEFL exam score of 80 or above, IELTS exam score of 6 or above, or Amiram exam score of 120 or above. **
  • CV and Statement of Purpose
  • Two Academic Recommendations
  • Photocopy of your Passport ID page
  • Medical Form and Disclaimer Form (the latter for US citizens only) – both forms may be downloaded from the application website.

All documents may be uploaded to your application directly or sent to gradmiss@savion.huji.ac.il as email attachments.

** 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. Exemption is not automatic and is determined on a case-by-case basis.


We’re happy you’ve chosen to apply to Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School! 


Questions about the curriculum? 
Academic Head of the M.A. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Questions about admissions, scholarships, housing and other practical matters? 

Email the Division of Graduate Studies 

Or call us at +972 2 588 3482.


Fast Facts

Language of Instruction:


Degree Earned:

Master of Arts

Career Outlook:

Nonprofit organizations, NGOs, social businesses


One year (three consecutive semesters)

Start Date:



Accredited bachelor’s degree

Application Deadline:

August 31, 2023


See Tuition Fees & Refunds page

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