Our Master of Business Administration (MBA) program will educate a generation of leaders with a strong sense of social awareness and values who embrace the need to give back to our community regardless of whether their work is for organizations that use a for-profit or not-for-profit model. They will learn to be strategic, values-based leaders who will make a significant contribution to their organizations and communities by applying the latest management tools, models, and theory.

- non-profit management – social business – strategic leadership -

Program Overview

AUSB’s MBA program will challenge students to step out of their comfort zone and go even further – on both a professional and a personal level. With a focus on experience-driven learning and collaboration among colleagues, students will be part of a rewarding learning experience and emerge even stronger leaders.

Designed around a “living strategy” concept, each student will conduct an ongoing applied Integrated Strategy Project (ISP) where they apply the major concepts from each semester to a specific organization (and/or their employment) that results in a comprehensive strategic plan that can be implemented immediately. Emphasizing values, ethics and responsible business practice, students will develop the leadership skills to:

  • Manage and motivate others in increasingly complex and changing environments 
  • Anticipate and assess critical operational issues and opportunities 
  • Access, organize, and analyze important economic and management information 
  • Anticipate key trends and changes in the operating environment 
  • Develop integrated business plans to achieve strategic goals

Program Design

Building on the Antioch University MBA and the experience of the New England campus (AUNE), AUSB’s MBA program will provide the leadership and staff of businesses and non-profit organizations, as well as those interested in the field, with the appropriate training to effectively attend to the “business-side” of non-profits, social businesses, and other areas pertaining to strategic leadership. The curriculum will provide students with graduate training to effectively “make a difference,” an often stated reason for students attending AUSB.

The program design will include “core” or foundational courses typically associated with an MBA (i.e., management human resources and leadership, marketing & communication strategy, and finance) and courses specific to social enterprise business models, non-profit organizations, and other strategic leadership contexts (i.e., entrepreneurship, global philanthropy and social responsibility, and a law and ethics course that will address non-profit management and board relationships). 

Program Goals

The MBA Program has the following goals:

1—Financial Domain: The MBA program graduate will have developed the skills to implement integrated strategies that will strengthen the financial sustainability of enterprises in a variety of environments.

2—Human Capital Domain: The MBA program graduate will be proficient in the development of an organizational culture and the implementation of practices that support human capital as well as enhance the successful performance of the individual, team, unit, and organization.

3—Systems Domain: The MBA program graduate will be proficient in the development of analytic, strategic, and collaborative decision making in order to successfully communicate sustainability within multiple systems.

4—Leading Change Domain: The MBA program graduate will have developed knowledge pertaining to theories of change and leadership theories and be proficient in the ability to guide organizations towards a sustainable multiple bottom line.

5—Integrated Application Domain: The MBA program graduate will be proficient in synthesizing and applying knowledge, metrics, and skills to promote organizational success through the development of a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan.

6—Specialized Skills Domain: The graduate of the MBA will demonstrate proficiency in evaluating, synthesizing, and applying foundational concepts in a variety of enterprises (accounting, finance, and economics), students interested in social enterprise will demonstrate proficiencies in the unique aspect of working with volunteer Boards, fundraising, and grant preparation.

7—Development Domain: The graduate of the MBA program will demonstrate proficiency to advise, advocate for, and support further opportunities for growth through opportunity assessment, demand stimulation, and marketing. This proficiency will include exploration of business opportunities, analysis of demographic and economic trends, preparation and implementation of an enterprise strategy and projecting financial needs and sources.