Is a separate application required for the Board Fellows
Program? ~ Show Answer
Acceptance into the Butler MBA program does not mean automatic
acceptance into the Board Fellows Program. You will find the
application on the MBA Board Fellows Program Web site. Submit your
completed application via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or print it and
mail it to:
Director of Graduate Programs
College of Business
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208-3485
When can I apply to the Board Fellows program? Are there
any prerequisites? ~ Show Answer
MBA 510 and MBA 515 are prerequisites to participating in the
Board Fellows program. Applications are due November 22 of
each year. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by
December 22, with enough time to formally commit to the program
before classes begin in January.
Do I get to choose which nonprofit I work with?
The applications contain several questions that will help to
match the accepted applicants with the nonprofit organizations. The
applicant will have the opportunity to share both interest in and
previous experience with nonprofit organizations in the
Can I find my own nonprofit to bring to the
program? ~ Show Answer
There is always interest in establishing relationships with
nonprofits that are not currently in the program. However, just as
the students go through a rigorous screening process, the
organizations are scrutinized for the appropriateness of the fit
between the organization's needs and the program's purpose.
Organizations that might be interested in participating should be
referred to the MBA Board Fellows program website for information
and details concerning the application process.
Do Board Fellows Program participants get academic
credit for their service? ~ Show Answer
Do Board Fellow participants get paid a stipend for their
Yes, Board Fellows will begin in January of each year.
Participants will enroll in MBA 594, Non-profit Board Management,
for two credit hours in the spring semester. During this semester,
students will work with a team of instructors to develop a
foundation of knowledge for working with nonprofit boards. Students
will also meet with their organizations and begin participation as
a board member in an observation/nonvoting capacity. Students will
be given in incomplete in this course as their work progresses
through the summer and/or fall.
At the conclusion of the spring semester, students will be ready
to devote time and energy to their organizations, including
attending meetings, working on committees, helping with events,
etc. During the summer, students will craft a comprehensive project
to be done in conjunction with the organization/board leadership
and a Butler College of Business mentor.
Students will earn an additional two credits for their board
efforts by enrolling in a seminar format course managed and
prepared by the participants, MBA 594, Non-profit Board Seminar.
Participants are expected to complete and present their
comprehensive projects and to continue contact with their
organization/board and their Butler College of Business mentor
during this period. At the completion of the Non-profit Board
Seminar, the incomplete for the spring Non-profit Board Management
course will be removed and letter grades will be assigned for both
~ Show Answer
No, Board Fellow participants will not be paid for their work
with the nonprofit organizations, similar to the practice of other
organization board members. This course is considered a learning
initiative and serves to establish both a new level of leadership
for the student but also a social commitment to the community by
Butler University. The participants are serving as volunteers to
the organizations and are receiving valuable learning and
experience in the process.
How many students will be assigned to each nonprofit
organization? ~ Show Answer
Each participating nonprofit organization will be assigned only
one Board Fellow participant.
How much time does a Board Fellow Program participant
put in? ~ Show Answer
Students are expected to devote the same amount of time that
they would normally devote to a 2-credit course. During the summer,
students are expected to spend 5-10 hours per month in Board Fellow
Can Butler alumni participate in the Board Fellows
Program? ~ Show Answer
At this time, alumni cannot participate in the Board Fellows
Program. Ideally, this program will expand to include several
partnering organizations and both current students as well as
alumni in the future.