The Master of Public Administration/Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management (MPA/MA) has been developed, in cooperation between the USC Price School of Public Policy and the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at HUC-JIR, to prepare those students who want to pursue a career in Jewish nonprofit management. Students in this dual degree program develop policy and leadership practices that support a strategic understanding of how the application of financial and program resources shape a community's future. The MA in Jewish Nonprofit Management program is project based. Through paid field internships in Jewish organizations and consulting projects, students apply what is learned in the classroom in a real world experience that develops their professional expertise.
Students must complete 68 units of course work, 34 in Public Administration and a minimum of 34 credits in Jewish Nonprofit Management. There is an opportunity to spend either 12 months in Sacramento, California, or Washington, D.C. At these sites, students attend classes while serving internships in the offices of politicians, lobbyists or other advocates.
Students must meet admission requirements and be admitted by both the Price School of Public Policy and the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management.
The program begins in June of each year and continues for the next 24 months. Students are expected to work out individual course plans with advisers from each school.
In addition to applying to the Price School of Public Policy, those interested in the program should contact Melissa Garai at the Zelikow School at (213) 765-2173 or visit the Website at ZSJNM.HUC.edu, for more information about its requirements.
Public administration course work may be taken in Los Angeles or Sacramento. In Sacramento, a student will complete the Price core and elective courses, will take independent study with an HUC professor, and will serve in an internship while enrolled in HUC fieldwork classes.