Schwartz Program – MA in Non-Profit and Community Organization Management

 

General information:

The program imparts education and advanced training in managing non-profit institutions and community organizations in various fields.

 

The program’s aims

  1. To impart knowledge and tools for systematic and analytical thought in the fields of policy and management;
  2. To impart knowledge and tools for analysis, planning and decision-making that will improve the quality of the student’s functioning and of the decisions s/he makes;
  3. To improve the personal and interpersonal management skills of policymakers, managers, and senior staff in non-profit organizations and community organizations;
  4. To provide the students with a common base of management and organizational knowledge that will enable communication and a common language, which will contribute to advancing organizational goals and improving inter-organization relations;
  5. To develop an infrastructure of academic research that will nourish and enrich the study program and the students.

 

Head of the program in Non-Profit and Community Organizations Management: Prof. Mona Khoury-Kassabri

Coordinator of MA studies: Ms. Shuly Levy

Program secretariat: room 518, tel: 02-5880452 extension 2, e-mail: swm@savion.huji.ac.il

Office hours at the secretariat: Sunday-Thursday, 10:00-15:00.

 

Acceptance and registration

 

The acceptance committee will discuss each request according to the candidate’s qualifications and according to the program’s intake possibilities. Those candidates with the highest rankings of those meeting the acceptance requirements will be selected. In extraordinary cases, the acceptance committee will discuss special requests.

 

Requirements for acceptance to the MA in Non-Profit and Community Organization Management

  1. Final grade for undergraduate degree of at least 80 from a recognized academic institution
  2. Preference for candidates with experience in working in community organizations, non-profits, and social organizations
  3. Supplementary studies (see below)
  4. Exemption (“ptor”) in English (see below)

 

Supplementary studies

Supplementary studies, set by the acceptance committee after checking previous academic studies, are meant to provide all students with a common knowledge-base that is an essential condition for acceptance to the program. These studies will include the following undergraduate courses or their equivalents, according to the candidate’s previous studies:

  1. Introduction to Statistics. Recommended: supplementary workshop before the beginning of the academic year or 03111 – “Basic Concepts in Statistics” course.
  2. Introduction to research methods. Recommended: supplementary workshop before the beginning of the academic year or 03322 – “Research methods” course
  3. Introduction to welfare policy. Recommended: supplementary workshop before the beginning of the academic year or 03116 – “The development of the welfare state in Israel”.

Anyone required to take three or more supplementary courses will be accepted to the program as a regular student only after completing these studies and achieving an average of at least 80 therein. Completing the supplementary studies in the first year of study is a condition for continuing in the program. The supplementary studies are not considered part of the degree course.

At the end of the summer before the beginning of the academic year, concentrated supplementary workshops will be offered, that can replace some of the abovementioned courses. Details at the secretariat.

 

Exemption (“ptor”) in English

In accordance with the procedures of the Hebrew University, receiving an exemption at university level is a necessary condition of acceptance to the MA in Non-Profit Management program. An exemption in English must be presented by the end of September before the beginning of the intended academic year.

A candidate who is not a graduate of the Hebrew University shall present an exemption from his/her undergraduate studies at one of the institutions recognized for this by the Hebrew University (List of the institutions recognized for the exemption in English)

A candidate whose undergraduate studies were not at an institution in the above list must present an alternative exemption based on the psychometric exam, AMIR/AMIRM test, or English as a Foreign Language studies at the Hebrew University.

 

Registration process

  1. All candidates must register at the University’s Registration and Acceptance office via the website (online registration). Overseas students will register via the Overseas Students Admissions Office, Goldschmidt Building, tel: 02-5882607

For further details on the registration process, see the Guide for Candidates

  1. At the same time, create an account in the graduate studies registration system (EKMD) in order to submit the required documents for acceptance to the program:
    1. Standard passport photo
    2. Succinct resume in the standard format for seeking a job
    3. Certification of entitlement to previous undergraduate/graduate degree, with the institution’s stamp and signature
    4. Detailed grades from the above undergraduate/graduate degree, with the institution’s stamp and signature
    5. Two letters of recommendation, one from an employer and one from a faculty member

The candidacy of anyone who does not carry out these two stages will not be brought before the acceptance committee. Anyone paying registration fees and not uploading documents to EKMD will be rejected on the grounds of lack of documentation at the end of the registration period.

 

 

The accelerated track

Since the 2014/15 academic year, the school has permitted outstanding students to complete the MA program in Non-Profit and Community Organizations Management in a single year (the accelerated track is non-research track only).

Within the framework of this track, students complete the degree in a single academic year of three semesters (including summer semester). Study in the accelerated track takes place on two concentrated days (Mondays and Wednesdays).

Students accepted to this track pay 200% tuition at the outset (full tuition for MA degrees at the Hebrew University – for details contact the Student Tuition office, 02-5882342).

 

Conditions for acceptance to the accelerated track:

  1. Undergraduate degree from a recognized institution of higher education with a grade of at least 90
  2. Interview

 

List of classes in the accelerated track, 2016/17

 

 

The accelerated track

 

Since the 2014/15 academic year, the school has permitted outstanding students to complete the MA program in Non-Profit and Community Organizations Management in a single year (the accelerated track is non-research track only).

Within the framework of this track, students complete the degree in a single academic year of three semesters (including summer semester). Study in the accelerated track takes place on two concentrated days (Mondays and Wednesdays).

Students accepted to this track pay 200% tuition at the outset (full tuition for MA degrees at the Hebrew University – for details contact the Student Tuition office, 02-5882342).

 

Conditions for acceptance to the accelerated track:

  1. Undergraduate degree from a recognized institution of higher education with a grade of at least 90
  2. Interview

List of classes in the accelerated track, 2016/17

 

Research track

 

The MA program encourages students to study in the research track, that includes writing a final paper (thesis). In this track, 32 credits of coursework are required. Moving to the research track occurs in the second year only.

 

Conditions for acceptance to the research track:

Students meeting the following requirements may submit their candidacy for the research track:

  • Has an average of at least 87 in the MA courses studied in the first year
  • Has received at least 87 in each of the two courses 03802 - Scientific thought and research design and 03884 - Civil society and the third sector: introduction.

A student who received special permission to repeat one of these courses is not eligible for the research track.

  • Has taken at least 18 credits in the first year of MA studies

 

Requirements of the research track:

  • Successfully passing the following mandatory courses:
    • 03940 – seminar for students writing MA theses
    • 03560 – advanced quantitative research methods OR 03402 – advanced qualitative research methods
  • Writing a thesis

Instructions for writing a research proposal and a thesis (In Hebrew(

 

Student with the status of “supplementary to research”

A student may submit a request to write a thesis after completing studies in the MSW program in the non-research track.

Such a request to write a thesis will be considered only if the candidate meets the following requirements:

  1. Has completed the MSW with an average of at least 87.
  2. Has received at least 87 in each of the two courses 03802 - Scientific thought and research design and 03884 - Civil society and the third sector: introduction.
  3. Has formulated a thesis topic and has the written agreement of a permanent faculty member of the school to serve as his/her supervisor (see list of senior faculty and their interests)

Meeting these requirement does not give the student the right to write a thesis. The school will discuss each request according to the candidate’s abilities and the capacity of the MSW program.

 

A candidate who is permitted to write a thesis must register at the Hebrew University as a “supplementary research student” and will be required to pay tuition according to the University’s procedures for tuition payment.

 

A student who completed his studies at the Hebrew University within 5 years before applying to write a thesis may be exempted from participating in the thesis seminar, at the discretion of the head of the program. In that case, the research proposal will be read and discussed by the supervisor and another faculty member.

 

The thesis in the supplementary research track must be submitted at the latest one year after studies commence – October of the year studies commence to December of the following year. A student who does not abide by this schedule will not be permitted to continue writing the thesis.

 

The diploma and final grade for the MSW will not be changed due to writing a thesis. A student completing this track successfully will receive separate certification of this.

 

 

 

 

Specializations

Specialization in social entrepreneurship

 

Since the 1990s, the phenomenon of social entrepreneurship has been spreading worldwide, particularly in Israel. Social entrepreneurs are agents of change in civil society who aim to achieve sustainable social change using new and creative methods. Social entrepreneurs evince high commitment both toward the populations that they serve and toward the economic, social and environmental outcomes of their activity.

 

The aim of social entrepreneurship is to succeed in providing grassroots and creative long-term solutions to social problems like inequality, poverty, social exclusion, environmental justice, etc. Social entrepreneurs are people with vision who develop innovative ideas through many various tools, among them purely social ones, but also via business and technology.

 

Social entrepreneurship is an important practice adopted by managers of organizations in civil society who are active in competitive organizational environments and who require creative solutions to advance the target populations that their organizations serve. Accordingly, alongside traditional social entrepreneurship, in recent years, business social entrepreneurship and technological social entrepreneurship have developed.

 

The great importance of business social entrepreneurship is in shattering the traditional division between sectors regarding social responsibility, so that the business sector also works to advance social goals. This means developing business/social projects, using market forces to advance social goals. Such projects do not rely only on philanthropy, but also yield income. The projects can take place in the framework of existing associations and help them advance their social goal or as a development of services and new associations in the form of social businesses. Technological social entrepreneurship attempts to make use of advanced technologies to develop and promote solutions for social problems. These are groundbreaking technological ideas and situations in which technology is harnessed to achieving positive social change.

 

Description of the specialization

Specialization in the field of social entrepreneurship is a necessity today, and is aimed at training the social leadership of tomorrow. The School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University, by means of the Schwartz Program for Non-Profit and Community Organizations Management, is the natural place to develop a specialization in social entrepreneurship. The program combines theoretical and practical knowledge, promotes values of developing civil society as an open public sphere in a democratic society and social capital, and trains students for management positions in social organizations in order to improve the welfare of individuals in their environment, while developing civil society. In the program, students study theories and methods of action in civil society; various aspects of social policy and social theories in areas of social problems such as poverty and exclusion; organizational theories and current management practices; models of management; inter-sector relations; models and practices of community organization and social change. The knowledge and experience of the researchers and faculty of the program form a rich academic substrate for the growth in both theoretical and practical aspects of the specialization in social entrepreneurship.

 

The overarching conception of the specialization relies on an integrative perspective, that emphasizes the theoretical and practical connection between conceptions and theories relating to the roles of civil society and social change, and business and technological aspects for formulating new ideas and developing projects. Students in this specialization will receive knowledge and tools that will help them with social entrepreneurship and developing social business projects. They will be trained to work with models and practices adapted to a measurable and result-oriented process, taken from the social and business worlds. Students in this specialization will learn to develop partnerships with other factors in the community and will be capable of expanding the choices and opportunities of the people and groups with which they work.

 

The specialization is based on academic courses such as theories of civil society, organizational theory, management and leadership, philanthropy, inter-sector partnerships, etc.; on practical courses such as economic and financial management, legal aspects, branding and marketing, fundraising, etc.; and also on practical experience in starting a social project—with a social, business or technological emphasis (or the combination of any of the above), according to the project’s character.

 

In part of the practical experience of this specialization, the students will be accompanied by mentors—people with extensive proven experience in social entrepreneurship. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a lab run by the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Hebrew University in order to strengthen and promote a project with high potential. In the lab, students can experience starting a project, as well as getting advice and collaborating with professionals and students from other fields and disciplines.

 

The specialization is open to students in the Schwartz Program for Non-Profit and Community Organizations Management. The intake of the specialization is up to 20 students. These students may take the specialization courses (12 credits) as part of their MA studies.

 

Specialization in the field of disabilities, rehabilitation, and mental health

The overarching conception of this specialization relies on an integrative perspective, that emphasizes the theoretical and practical connection between social policy, and organizational and social aspects of the field of disabilities, rehabilitation, and mental health.

 

The specialization aims to allow students to develop a broad view of these fields, in order to evaluate the situation of people with disabilities and their families and to develop appropriate responses to their needs. Within this overarching conception, the specific fields of knowledge and specialization in which the school’s faculty are expert will be presented.

 

The specialization is open to students in the Schwartz Programs, in both research and non-research tracks. These students may take the specialization courses (12 credits) as part of their MA studies.

 

 

Specialization in social policy in the Schwartz Program for Non-Profit and Community Organizations Management

 

In recent years, civil society organizations have become major players in processes of setting social policy, shaping it and executing it. In Israel today, thousands of civil society organizations are active in the fields of social policy, including welfare, health, education and housing. Today more than ever, there is a real need in these organizations for experts in social policy who will promote their aims.

 

The Paul Baerwald School for Social Work and Social Welfare specializes in studying various aspects of social policy. The study of social policy is a central part of the research and teaching of many of the school’s faculty. This expertise of senior faculty members, together with the increasing demand from civil society organizations, form a solid base for the existence of a specialization in social policy within the Schwartz programs.

 

The specialization allows students to deepen their knowledge in fields of social policy, and their shaping and execution by civil society organizations. During the specialization students will gain knowledge and tools about influencing policymaking, advocacy and lobbying, and will carry out projects that will enable them to take an active part in changing policy in social issues that interest them and that are on the current social agenda.

 

Additionally, students in this specialization will be able to develop research on social policy topics. Those interested will be able to join the extensive research activity on social policy topics currently going on at the school by writing a thesis, active participation at the Center for Studying Civil Society and Philanthropy in Israel, joining the research group on social policy and working with faculty members who research this topic.

 

The specialization includes courses and seminars that focus on various aspects of social policy and topics such as disabilities, health, multi-cultural groups and more, as well as advanced knowledge of the research methods unique to this field and courses on organization and management of non-profits and social services.

 

Students who complete studies in this specialization may have the specialization noted on their diploma.

 

Final grade and entitlement to degree

A student who fulfils all his academic and financial requirements, including successful completion of the final paper/final exam at the date set by the University will be awarded the degree of MA in Non-Profit and Community Organization Management.

Components of the final grade:

  • Research track (with thesis): Thesis (40%) + average of coursework grades (60%)
  • Non-research track (without thesis): average of coursework grades (100%)

For further details regarding the entitlement to a degree, the final calculation and verbal definition of the final grade, see Teaching and study procedures at the University website.(In Hebrew)

 

Conditions of progress to second year

 

A first-year student in the MA in Non-Profit Management program is required receive a grade of at least 60 in the following relevant courses, in order to progress to the second year.

 

03802  Scientific thought and research design

03804  Data processing and data analysis

03833  Organizational theory

03884  Civil society and the third sector: introduction

03590  Leadership and change in non-profit human service

03113  Social policy toward third sector organizations

 

Final grade and entitlement to degree

 

A student who fulfils all his academic and financial requirements, including successful completion of the final paper/final exam at the date set by the University will be awarded the degree of MA in Non-Profit and Community Organization Management.

Components of the final grade:

  • Research track (with thesis): Thesis (40%) + average of coursework grades (60%)
  • Non-research track (without thesis): average of coursework grades (100%)

For further details regarding the entitlement to a degree, the final calculation and verbal definition of the final grade, see Teaching and study procedures at the University website.(In Hebrew)