Our fast track, the accelerated MS in Organizational Leadership & Innovation, is designed for working professionals seeking to maintain their career track while completing a Master’s degree or for students seeking to fast track their education and launch their career.

Attention: Incoming Summer 2019 MSOLI students will 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 (24 credits)
    • Applied Learning: Choose from one of the following options or mix and match to create your education, your way:
      • Immersive Experience in your existing job, through internship placement (10 credits)
      • Nonprofit Accelerator as your Capstone Project.
      • Seminar in Global Nonprofit Innovation (4 credits): 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 2018.

View Sample Course Requirements

*Note: Curriculum subject to change

First Summer  
CS 427 Evolution and Structure of the Amer. J. Community 2
CS 521 History of Jewish Ideas 3
CS 540 Introduction to Jewish Communal Institutions 3
CS 544 Organizational Development 2
CS 579 Applied Jewish Wisdom 3
CS 541A Supervised Fieldwork 4
CS 545A Field Practicum 1
CS 900C Capstone: Jewish Social Research 3
CS 481 Israel Seminar (Spring 2019) 2
CS 541B Supervised Fieldwork 4
CS 545A Field Practicum 1
CS 900D Capstone: Business Model Accelerator 3
Second Summer
CS 523 Leadership in Jewish Communal Service 2
CS 525 Nonprofit Marketing and Branding 2
CS 531 Fundraising and Financial Resource Development 3
CS 590 Collaborative Communication for J. Professionals 2
CS 596 Elements of Nonprofit Management 2