The accelerated MS in Organizational Leadership & Innovation is designed for working professionals seeking to maintain their career while completing a Master’s degree.

Attention: Incoming Summer 2019 MSOLI students are eligible to receive full scholarships to the Zelikow School. Don’t miss your chance to attend graduate school for FREE! 

The Zelikow School is pluralistic, non-denominational and welcomes students seeking to build a more perfect world.

Develop the nonprofit know-how to propel your career or launch your own organization.

Students build on the fundamental knowledge and expand their leadership capabilities in the following core competencies: 

  • Leadership Theory & Change Management
  • Creative Problem Solving & Innovation
  • Business Administration
  • Fundraising & Resource Development
  • Applied Jewish Wisdom

  • degree Requirements
    • The degree is conferred upon successful completion of a minimum of 34 credits. Your individual course of study will depend on your professional interests and career objectives. Students with previous graduate school or extensive life experience in some cases may be able to count them toward their coursework with approval of the director.
    • Core coursework: 2 consecutive summers of coursework in Los Angeles
    • Applied Learning: Create your education, your way. The following options are available to you:
      • Immersive experience in your existing Jewish nonprofit job, or through a Jewish nonprofit fieldwork internship
      • Nonprofit Accelerator as your Capstone Project
      • Seminar in Global Nonprofit Innovation: The Windmueller Israel Seminar is a 2.5 week experience designed to introduce Jewish professional leaders to the social, political and cultural dynamics of contemporary Israel. The trip is offered every other year (even-numbered years), and begins in mid-December. The next trip is scheduled for December 2020.

View Sample Courses

*Note: Curriculum subject to change

First Summer
Fundamentals of Creative Problem Solving ("Innovation Bootcamp")
Entrepreneurial Leadership
Evolution and Structure of the American Jewish Community
Fundraising and Financial Resource Development
History of Jewish Ideas
Introduction to Jewish Communal Institutions ("Wacky Wednesday")
Organizational Development
Supervised Fieldwork
Field Practicum
Capstone: Research Methods
Israel Seminar (Spring 2021)
Supervised Fieldwork
Field Practicum
Capstone: Nonprofit Accelerator
Second Summer
Leadership and Change Management ("Bootcamp")
Nonprofit Leadership
Applied Jewish Wisdom
Nonprofit Marketing and Branding
Collaborative Communication
Nonprofit Finance and Planning
Elements of Nonprofit Management