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One Year Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

offered in conjunction with the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare


Academic Head:   

Prof. Ron Shor: 


Graduate Admissions Office:     Tel. 972-2-5883183 




An international experience, a world class university, and the beginning
of a career in the nonprofit sector


Study in English at Israel’s premier university with top experts

Complete an M.A. in one year – tuition competitive and scholarships available

Acquire leadership and management skills through academic studies and practical experience


Benefit from professional internships that provide hands-on experience


Attend classes two days a week and intern one day a week


Develop networks with faculty and alumni as a resource for future professional development








About the program: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem offers an intensive one-year master's degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the Rothberg International School. This program is designed to create a cadre of leaders in the nonprofit world with cutting-edge skills as well as theoretical and practical knowledge in management, entrepreneurship and leadership. The program offers an option to specialize in Jewish Education.

The program is held over the course of three semesters (autumn, spring and summer).

Career paths: Development director, project manager, nonprofit founder, leadership positions in organizations.



Course of Study


The Masters in Nonprofit Management and Leadership consists of 38 credits over three consecutive semesters (autumn, spring and summer), including required courses and electives.


Students participate in class two days per week. In addition, students intern 8 hours per week over the course of the program and gain hands-on experience in nonprofit organizations.

Students may also take elective graduate courses offered through the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students with a sufficient knowledge of Hebrew may also take graduate-level courses taught in Hebrew through the M.A. program in Management of Nonprofit and Community Organizations offered by the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare. 



Sample course list:

o Strategic Planning and Evaluation
o Leadership and Social Responsibility
o Organization Theory for Non-Profits
o Third Sector and Civil Society in Israel and Internationally 
o Organizational Change
o NGO Finances
o Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
o Community Councils in Jerusalem (Field Trips)
o Social Business and the Fourth Sector
o Marketing
o Fund Raising



Specializations and Joint  Programs:

Students have the option of joining the following specializations and joint tracks.

Specialization in Jewish Education - cancelled for the 2017/2018 academic year
Specialization Coordinator: Dr. Jonathan Mirvis  

This specialization will not be offered in the 2017/2018 academic year.



Joint Track with Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Students in the Nonprofit Management and Leadership M.A. program can choose to simultaneously participate in the award-winning Tikkun Olam  in Tel Aviv-Jaffa program.  The Tikkun Olam program places participants in internships in south Tel Aviv or Jaffa and also provides housing, additional Hebrew instruction, enrichment courses, trips and tours. Click here to learn more.



Joint Track with The Global Leadership Institute of the Jewish Agency for Israel

The Global Leadership Institute (GLI) offers experiential leadership training in the global and adaptive leadership disciplines for one day a week to compliment the MA program. Students will be able to apply their theoretical study to a variety of learning contexts and interface with key change-makers and organizations in Israeli society and beyond. This unique intensive program is comprised of adaptive leadership training and specialized workshops, guest speakers, mentoring and sites visits across Israel.


The Global Leadership Institute was established in 2013 by the Jewish Agency for Israel with the aim of building the capacity of young adults to be able to mobilize others to make progress on tough local & global Jewish challenges and to lead across organizational, geographic and denominational boundaries in times of change.

Cost of the MA program & GLI track: $23,500.

Scholarships up to $4,500 for the first 10 students to enroll in the joint track.




General Information about Graduate Studies at the Rothnberg International School


About the students: Our students come from all over the world and from diverse experiences in nonprofit organizations. This program provides students with an opportunity to study and share ideas with peers interested in civil society and social change, and to gain expertise that will contribute towards a career in the nonprofit sector. 


About our location: Jerusalem, a holy city for three major religions, is a vibrant city steeped in more than 3,000 years of history.  This unique city is the seat of the Israeli government and home to countless non-profit organizations and institutions. As a microcosm of the complex dynamics of Israeli society, Jerusalem offers students the opportunity to live and intern in Israel’s civil society hub.


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, is a cutting-edge research institution with a reputation for academic excellence and international cooperation. Its Rothberg International School offers some 2,000 students from more than 70 countries the opportunity to take full advantage of the resources available at the Hebrew University.






Admission Requirements

Qualified candidates with a Bachelor's degree from accredited institutions of higher education are eligible for admission to the Master's in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Admission is competitive and is based on transcripts and letters of recommendation. 

 Candidates must have:  

  • At least a 3.2 (B) grade-point average or the equivalent
  • A Bachelor's degree from a recognized institution of higher education 

Knowledge of English: Applicants are required to submit official TOEFL, IELTS or Amir scores.  The minimum TOEFL score required is 573 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer-based test, and 89 on the internet-based test.  The minimum IELTS score is 7.  The minimum Amir score is 220.

Exempted from this requirement are applicants who have completed a full degree (a minimum of four years) taught solely in English at a recognized institution of higher education.  Applicants who have completed a B.A. in English Language or Literature may request an exemption provided that they submit documentation from their university stating that the language of instruction is English. 

Note: Official documents or test results may be scanned and emailed to

Application dates: January 1 – May 15 prior to each academic year.  Late applications accepted.


Tuition: $17,000


Scholarships availableClick here or more information.


Housing available.  Click here for more information. 

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