Nonprofit Management

Degree:
  • Master's
Location: Anywhere
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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.

Facing the threat of privatization and for-profit competition, nonprofit organizations are challenged to find 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, marketing, program development, and governance issues.

Integrating theoretical approaches with practical applications, the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management prepares you for a leadership position in a not-for-profit university, hospital, charity, foundation, or religious organization. Upon completion of this nonprofit degree, you emerge well equipped to embark on a career in nonprofit management—prepared (and inspired) to make a meaningful impact.

The mission of the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management at the College of Professional Studies is to offer courses which further develop the students’ knowledge, skills, talent, and abilities. Faculty in the program support students' developmental goals through action-oriented courses which link theoretical learning to practical application. Nonprofit management courses aim to prepare students to be mission-driven executive leaders, managers, employees, and board members in public and private nonprofit organizations.


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Unique Features

  • Online Program provides flexibility and interactive experience for working professionals
  • Chance to participate in cooperative education program—an integration of classroom learning and professional, real-world experiences
  • Integrative Experiential Learning—opportunity to undertake project-based work done at a student’s company with approval of an employer sponsor

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 Nonprofit HR Solutions’ 2015 Nonprofit Employment Trends Survey, the nonprofit sector ranks third in the U.S. in overall employment, with more than 10.7m employees.

The fastest growing jobs are in:

  • Direct services
  • Fundraising
  • Program management
  • Program support

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
2.00
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. 

Did You Know?

The nonprofit sector ranks third in the U.S. in overall employment, with more than 10.7m employees (Nonprofit HR, 2016).

Did You Know?

By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to our Global Network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners. 

Average Time to Completion

1.5 – 2 years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter

Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

No