Social Sector Management

  • The Social Sector Management specialization (formally known as Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program) allows students with an interest in creating positive social and economic change to build or accelerate careers in either nonprofit or for-profit organizations.

    The curriculum delivers theories, concepts, and practices required for senior positions in the social sector in Canada and internationally, in fields that include human rights, international development, social entrepreneurship, social impact investing and micro finance. It develops leadership skills through familiarity with the structure, complexity, values and concerns of the broad “third sector” and its role in politics, economics and society globally.

    The specialization also offers a Graduate Diploma in Nonprofit Management within the MBA program. The Diploma includes an intensive summer work placement program for those students without sufficient prior experience in the nonprofit sector.

    Learn more? Visit the Social Sector Management Website!

  • Geoffrey M Kistruck, Associate Professor; Ron Binns Chair in Entrepreneurship; Director, Social Sector Management Program
    Geoffrey M Kistruck, Associate Professor; Ron Binns Chair in Entrepreneurship; Director, Social Sector Management Program

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Career Opportunities

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  • Graduates from Schulich’s Social Sector Management specialization find opportunities with titles such as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Director of Operations, Director of Marketing and Communications, Director of Development, Manager – Partnerships, Manager – Acquisitions and Account Management, Manager – Planning and Programs, Manager – Professional Developments, Senior Analyst, Senior Policy Advisor, Senior Portfolio Manager, Chair of the Board, Treasurer and Board Member.

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    - Our highly experienced CDC Advisors bring a unique combination of first-hand knowledge, experience and diverse perspectives in a wide variety of businesses and industry sectors.

    - Take advantage of a series of proven career-building modules, including up-to-date Job Search Techniques, Self-Assessment, Resume and Cover Letter Writing, and Interview Skills to help you stand out from the competition.

    - Corporate Information Sessions offer you an opportunity to meet top level recruiters, alumni and executives.

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Specialization Requirements

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General Stream

Students must complete 12.00 credits total, consisting of:

  • 12.00 credits of Elective Courses

Graduate Diploma in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Students must complete:

  • 12.00 credits of Elective Courses

Additional Requirements

  • Must be taken concurrently with a Schulich MBA*
  • The diploma must be completed within one term of completing graduate program degree requirements
  • All requirements of the Social Sector Management Specialization must be satisfied
  • MGMT 6100 3.00 Strategy Field Study to be carried out with an approved nonprofit organization
  • 3-4 month work placement in a nonprofit organization (must be approved by Director)

*Students must satisfy both Graduate Diploma (above) and MBA requirements

If you plan to complete the Graduate Diploma in Nonprofit Management and Leadership please contact the Social Sector Management Program directly

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NOTE: Not all courses required to fulfill a specialization are offered each term. Course offerings are based on factors such as student demand and instructor availability. The office of Student Services & International Relations is available to provide advising on course sequencing and the fulfillment of program and specialization requirements within a student’s period of study. For current course offerings and details, please view the Schulich Course Offerings Database.


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Faculty members are drawn from different disciplines within the Schulich School, as well as from outside organizations within the social sector.

Student Clubs

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Social Impact Management Association (SIMA)

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  • Created specifically for students driven to make BIG impacts on improving the lives of individuals and society as a whole, the Social Impact Management Association (SIMA) provides opportunities to make connections within the Nonprofit and Social Enterprise sectors.
  • By engaging with the club’s programming, students have unique chances to enhance their skills and knowledge through workshops, exclusive certification programs, professional speaker series and industry tours.


Facebook: Contact SIMA