Student Life

The MBA in nonprofit management program at Heller is about more than just classes and career development. Heller students develop close friendships with members of their cohort, forged over hours spent studying for exams, organizing events, participating in over a dozen working groups and completing group projects and assignments.  

Compared to business school-based MBA programs or more traditional programs where a nonprofit “concentration” can be overshadowed by a more standard approach to corporate leadership, Heller MBA students are united by a drive for social justice. Your professors and classmates will push you to consider social and ethical aspects of management problems that are often overlooked. Heller students are diverse in their backgrounds, opinions, experience and approach, but in general we are an open, welcoming, inclusive environment that is consistently buzzing with activity.

Heller students sitting in the alumni lounge

Speaking of Activities…

Our students are busy! In addition to keeping up with coursework—often for two degree programs—students participate in varied extracurricular activities at Heller. Every week is filled with guest speakers, special events, training opportunities and more. Here are some examples:

  • Heller Startup Challenge, case competitions and the Hult Challenge at Heller
  • All-Heller and MBA program town halls
  • Heller Cultural Dinners: students share regional food and culture
  • Academic Poster Sessions on faculty, student and staff research findings
  • Tuesday Talks: Heller researchers and faculty share their recent work
  • Author Talks: Heller authors on their recently published books
  • Degree program capstone events
  • Public lectures by policy experts and practitioners
  • Career Development Center-sponsored events, including employer spotlights, workshops, treks to local employers and weekend treks to employers in New York City and Washington, D.C.
  • Student working group events, including those sponsored by Brandeis Net Impact, which focuses on corporate social responsibility
  • Community Days and periodic professional development opportunities in diversity, equity and inclusion