Nonprofit Management

Degree:
  • Master's
Location: Boston
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Why Nonprofit Management?

The Master of Science in Nonprofit Management integrates theoretical approaches with practical applications, preparing you to excel in leadership positions in the nonprofit sector.

The Master of Science in Nonprofit Management integrates theoretical approaches with practical applications. It prepares you for a leadership position in not-for-profit universities, hospitals, charities, foundations, NGOs, or religious organizations. Action-oriented coursework and faculty dedicated to student success prepare you to become a mission-driven executive leader, manager, employee, or board member at a public or private nonprofit organization. You will emerge prepared—and inspired—to make a meaningful impact.
 
Nonprofit organizations are challenged to thrive in a constantly changing social and business environment, with limited resources and complex needs to be satisfied. Successful nonprofit organizations are defined by leaders who not only possess keen business and managerial skills but can also effect change at a community or social level. Being successful in this dynamic and rewarding field requires strong leadership, managerial, and interpersonal skills, as well as in-depth knowledge of fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, and governance issues. Rather than a generic MBA program, our master's in nonprofit management is built to closely align with the core competencies of fundraising, policy, and strategic management. 


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    Unique Features

    • Integrated experiential learning: Gain real-world experience and build your resumé through the program’s diverse experience-powered learning opportunities, including Experiential (XN) projects with real-world sponsors, co-ops, and in-class case studies. 
      • Participate in a final capstone project, working hand-in-hand with a local organization like United Planet or the Boston Children’s Museum to solve a current issue.
    • Flexible learning format: With courses offered 100% online, in person in Boston, or in a hybrid format, you can complete your degree without putting your life on hold.
    • Tailor your degree to your career goals: There are five concentrations to choose from so you can focus on the skill set and passion that most interests you. Choose from Fundraising, Leadership and Management, Project Management, Social Innovation, or Social Media and Analytics.
    • Join a community: Learn from thought leaders and experts in the field who have had hands-on experience in the industry. Join their vast network and leverage alumni who are helping drive social change at some of the top nonprofit organizations like Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute, the Boston Housing Authority, and more.
    • Career-advancing degree: Featuring focused courses in management, human resources, fundraising, and development, this program provides you with the opportunity to advance your career and become an effective decision maker. In a growing industry such as nonprofit, there is a need for management and professionalism.

    Program Objectives

    • Explore leadership practices that contribute to organizational success
    • Understand legal and governance issues in nonprofit organizations
    • Hone your fundraising skills, including grant and proposal writing
    • Recognize important social, organizational, and cultural change agents
    • Discover traditional and nontraditional ways to promote nonprofits to supporters, the public, and the media
    • Analyze national and international trends, issues, and political shifts affecting the nonprofit marketplace

    Career Outlook

    Hiring in nonprofit organizations is on the upswing. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nonprofit sector ranks third in the U.S. in overall employment, with more than 12.3m employees.

    The fastest-growing jobs are in:

    • Direct services
    • Fundraising
    • Program management
    • Program support

    A sample of where our recent graduates are working:

    • YMCA
    • Boston Children’s Museum
    • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    • Horizons for Homeless Children
    • Oxfam America
    • Marymount Manhattan College Prison Program

    What you'll study

    General Requirements

    Master of Science in Nonprofit Management General Requirements
    NPM 6100 - Strategic Management for the Nonprofit Sector
    3.00
    NPM 6110 - Legal and Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations
    3.00
    NPM 6120 - Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
    3.00
    NPM 6125 - Promoting Nonprofit Organizations
    3.00
    NPM 6130 - Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
    3.00
    NPM 6140 - Grant and Report Writing
    3.00
    NPM 6150 - Human Resources Management in Nonprofit Organizations
    3.00
    NPM 6980 - Capstone
    3.00

    Electives

    Complete two of the following:

    ALY 6000 - Introduction to Analytics
    3.00
    CMN 6035 - Legal, Policy, and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era
    3.00
    DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
    4.00
    LDR 6110 - Leading Teams
    3.00
    LDR 6360 - Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level
    3.00
    CMN 6080 - Intercultural Communication
    3.00
    CMN 6050 - Crisis Communication
    3.00
    COP 6940 - Personal and Career Development
    3.00 - 4.00
    INT 6943 - Integrative Experiential Learning
    3.00
    EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations
    2.00

    Concentrations

    Fundraising

    Required Courses

    NPM 6210 - Social Value Investing and Effective Partnerships
    3.00
    NPM 6220 - Donor Research and Management
    3.00
    NPM 6230 - Measuring Social Impact
    3.00

    Electives

    Complete a minimum of 6 quarter hours from the following:

    ALY 6000 - Introduction to Analytics
    3.00
    ALY 6010 - Probability Theory and Introductory Statistics
    3.00
    ALY 6070 - Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics
    3.00
    DGM 6285 - Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
    4.00
    DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
    4.00
    NPM 6240 - Innovation and Scaling for Impact
    3.00
     

    Note: ALY 6010 and ALY 6070 should be taken together.

    Leadership and Communication

    Required Courses

    CMN 6090 - Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
    3.00
    LDR 6150 - Innovation and Organizational Transformation
    3.00

    Electives

    Complete a minimum of 9 quarter hours from the following:

    CMN 6000 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
    3.00 - 3.00
    INT 6000 - Writing Lab
    1.00
    CMN 6060 - Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
    3.00
    CMN 6080 - Intercultural Communication
    3.00
    CMN 6100 - Communication Networks and Managing Information
    3.00
    LDR 6120 - Developing Organizational Leadership
    3.00
    LDR 6135 - Ethical Leadership
    3.00
    LDR 6140 - Strategy Development and Implementation
    3.00
    LDR 6150 - Innovation and Organizational Transformation
    3.00
    LDR 6110 - Leading Teams
    3.00

    Note: CMN 6000 and INT 6000 should be taken together.

    Project Management

    Required Courses

    Complete the courses that are required based on the number of years of project management experience you have completed.

    Two-plus years of project management experience:

    PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
    3.00
    PJM 6015 - Project Risk Management
    3.00

    Fewer than two years of project management experience:

    PJM 5900 - Foundations of Project Management
    4.00
    PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
    3.00
    PJM 6015 - Project Risk Management
    3.00

    Electives

    Complete a minimum of 5 quarter hours of the following:

    Complete these two courses together:

    PJM 6005 - Project Scope Management
    3.00
    PJM 6125 - Project Evaluation and Assessment
    3.00

    Or complete this course:

    PJM 6140 - Managing Troubled Projects
    3.00

    PJM 6025 - Project Scheduling and Cost Planning
    3.00
    PJM 6135 - Project Quality Management
    3.00
     

    Note: Students who take Foundations of Project Management (PJM 5900) are not required to take an elective course in this concentration.

    Social Media Analytics

    Required Courses

    CMN 6045 - Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance
    3.00
    CMN 6065 - Implementation and Management of Social Media Channels and Online Communities
    3.00
    DGM 6285 - Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
    4.00

    Electives 

    Complete a minimum of 5 quarter hours from the following:

    ALY 6000 - Introduction to Analytics
    3.00
    ALY 6110 - Data Management and Big Data
    3.00
    ALY 6070 - Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics
    3.00
    ALY 6010 - Probability Theory and Introductory Statistics
    3.00
    ALY 6100 - Data-Driven Decision Making
    3.00
    DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
    4.00
     

    Note: ALY 6110 should be taken with ALY 6070.

    Social Innovation

    Required Courses

    GST 6610 - Sustainable Development
    4.00
    NPM 6230 - Measuring Social Impact
    3.00
    NPM 6310 - Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship
    3.00
    NPM 6320 - New Ventures in Social Entrepreneurship
    3.00

    Electives

    Complete a minimum of 3 quarter hours from the following:

    ALY 6000 - Introduction to Analytics
    3.00
    ALY 6010 - Probability Theory and Introductory Statistics
    3.00
    ALY 6070 - Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics
    3.00
    DGM 6285 - Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
    4.00
    DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
    4.00
    LDR 6120 - Developing Organizational Leadership
    3.00
    PJM 5900 - Foundations of Project Management
    4.00
    PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
    3.00

    Note: ALY 6010 and ALY 6070 should be taken together.

    PJM 5900 and PJM 6000 should be taken together. 

    This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

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    Did You Know?

    Nonprofits account for 12.3 million jobs and 10.2% of private-sector employment. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

    Average Time to Completion

    1.5 – 2 years

    Commitment

    Full-Time
    Part-Time

    Entry Terms

    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter

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    Yes