The SEMSI Online MBA

Build and lead socially impactful businesses

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Online courses
2 yrs
Time to completion
Full-time students
Cost per credit hour
Credit hours required

The nation’s first socially conscious MBA

The School of Enterprise Management and Social Impact (SEMSI) at American Jewish University (AJU) is proud to offer the first Master of Business Administration degree in the country built on a foundation of social consciousness. When you graduate, you will have the advanced business training and ethical foundation to build and lead socially impactful, purpose-driven teams and organizations. Plus, you can earn your MBA on your schedule with 100% online courses.

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A better way to teach and learn business

Helping you do well and do good

SEMSI’s MBA is ideal for those who seek to measure business success by more than just the revenue they generate. In other words, you don’t have to choose between succeeding financially and serving the greater good.

Learn to look beyond the bottom line

In addition to advanced training in finance, analytics, operations, and more, you’ll become well versed in the ethics and values today’s business climate demands. That way, you can help shape how business is done in the future. As a SEMSI MBA graduate, you will:

Internalize the concept of stakeholder capitalism—recognizing and prioritizing a company’s impact on its employees and surrounding community, in addition to financial gain.

Gain advanced knowledge of traditional business fields: finance, marketing, organizational behavior, operations, and accounting.

Successfully identify, respond to, and solve problems that affect an organization.

Confidently conduct and analyze research to make data-driven decisions.

Foster meaningful collaboration through clear communication and skillful technology use.

Analyze and apply traditional values to solve ethical dilemmas and concerns in the modern workplace.

Online, but never alone

Built for working professionals, you can complete SEMSI’s MBA 100% online. You’ll grow through personal access to our expert faculty, who remain active in the business world. In each class, you’ll listen to—and share your insights with—driven classmates who share your goal to improve the way business gets done.

Required Courses
  • Business Law
  • Cause Marketing
  • Ethical Frameworks for Leaders
  • Human Resource Management
  • Impact Analysis: Data Analytics and Decision Making
  • Impact Communication for Social Enterprise Leaders
  • Integrative Capstone: Impactful Enterprise Leadership, Strategy, and Performance
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Managerial Finance

Other Courses

These requirements may also be met through undergraduate coursework in relevant fields or through prior learning assessments. An Enrollment Coach can help you learn more.

  • Economics for Managers (Foundation)
  • Financial Accounting for Managers (Foundation)
  • Principles of Finance (Foundation)
  • Statistics (Foundation)

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Be the ideal leader for today’s business climate

Two 2020 surveys of C-level executives revealed telling trends about what today’s businesses face:

of CEOs

said companies should be doing more to address the overall well-being and needs of their employees.

Source: Businesssolver State of Workplace Empathy Study

of executives

agreed that climate change will negatively impact their businesses.

Source: Deloitte

Through SEMSI’s MBA, you will gain the knowledge and skills to confidently lead companies that measure success by the “triple bottom line”:
People, Planet, and Profit.

Timeless values, modern applications

In every class, you’ll learn to view modern business practices through the lens of such traditional values as self-improvement, patience, gratitude, compassion, community, and service to others.

While these values are rooted in the Jewish faith, SEMSI invites students from all walks of life to apply and benefit from them.

Lead the charge for change

Earning your MBA at SEMSI helps improve your chances to get a leadership role and drive the change you want to see in business. A 2020 survey of corporate recruiters showed that:


of respondents from Fortune 100 companies expressed confidence that graduate business schools prepare students to succeed at their organizations.


of companies plan to hire MBA graduates in 2021, up from 86% in 2019.


of companies need leaders who are better at navigating technological disruptions because of COVID-19.

Source: Graduate Management Admission Council Corporate Recruiters Survey

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Why SEMSI and AJU?

Intentionally small to better serve students

In SEMSI’s online MBA program, you can expect classes to be no larger than 20 students. That means more personal attention from doctorate-educated faculty who also bring decades of professional experience to each lesson.


Originally founded as the Graduate School of Nonprofit Management more than 30 years ago, the newly reimagined School of Enterprise Management and Social Impact is a first-of-its-kind business school, fully committed to promoting value and impact. While it is grounded in Jewish values, SEMSI welcomes students from all walks of life, including those with no religious affiliation.

About AJU

American Jewish University began as the University of Judaism in 1947. Regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), AJU’s mission is to advance and elevate individuals, organizations, and the community through excellence in scholarship, teaching, engaged conversation, and outreach.

Learn more about the history and mission of AJU and SEMSI.

Career Enhancement Happens Here

The MBA program has really helped me to see the ‘bigger picture’ and have a deeper understanding of how I can be most effective in my work. It is so powerful to be surrounded by classmates who are striving to enhance their careers.

- Beth Tigay, SEMSI MBA graduate