Nonprofit Management

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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

45 total quarter hours required.

LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
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 - Fund-Raising 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:

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

INPS 5184  Interdisciplinary Professional Foundations

Concentrations

Concentration in Global Studies
GST 6100 - Globalization and Global Politics and Economics
4.00
GST 6101 - Global Literacy, Culture, and Community
4.00
GST 6320 - Peace and Conflict
4.00

Elective Course

Complete one of the following:

GST 6501 - Regional Studies: East Asia
4.00
GST 6502 - Regional Studies: Middle East
4.00
GST 6503 - Regional Studies: Sub-Saharan Africa
4.00
GST 6504 - Regional Studies: Europe
4.00
GST 6505 - Regional Studies: Southwest and Central Asia
4.00
GST 6506 - Regional Studies: Latin America
4.00
Concentration in Human Services
HSV 6100 - Theory and Practice of Human Services
3.00
HSV 6110 - Human Services Management and Development
3.00
HSV 6630 - Research and Evaluation in Human Services
3.00
HSV 6160 - Introduction to Employee Assistance Programs
3.00
HSV 6640 - Policy Issues in Human Services
3.00
Concentration in Leadership
LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
3.00
LDR 6110 - Leading Teams
3.00
LDR 6120 - Organizational Leadership
3.00
LDR 6150 - Transforming Organizations
3.00

Complete one of the following:

LDR 6135 - Ethical Leadership
3.00
LDR 6140 - Strategic Leadership
3.00
 
Concentration in Organizational Communication
CMN 6000 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
2.00
INT 6000 - Writing Lab
1.00
CMN 6020 - Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication
3.00
CMN 6050 - Crisis Communication
3.00
CMN 6090 - Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
3.00
CMN 6110 - Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
3.00
Concentration in Project Management

Project Management Courses

PJM 5900 - Foundations of Project Management
4.00
PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
3.00
PJM 6025 - Project Scheduling and Cost Planning
3.00
PJM 6015 - Project Risk Management
3.00

Note: Students with project management experience are not required to take Foundations of Project Management (PJM 5900).

Project Management Electives

Complete two of the following:

PJM 6125 - Project Evaluation and Assessment
3.00
PJM 6135 - Project Quality Management
3.00
PJM 6140 - Managing Troubled Projects
3.00
PJM 6710 - Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management
3.00

Note: Students who take Foundations of Project Management (PJM 5900) are required to take only one course in this section.

Concentration in Social Media and Online Communication

Complete five of the following:

CMN 6015 - Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media
3.00
CMN 6025 - Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques
3.00
CMN 6035 - Legal, Policy, and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era
3.00
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
DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
4.00
Concentration in Sport and Social Change
LDR 6410 - Leadership and Organization in Sport
3.00
GST 6102 - Global Corporate and Social Responsibility
4.00
HSV 6120 - Social Inequality, Social Change, and Community Building
3.00
LDR 6360 - Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level
3.00
LDR 6427 - Gender and Diversity in Sport
3.00

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 3,200+ employer partners and 245,000 alumni. 

Average Time to Completion

1.5 – 2 years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter

Visa Eligible

No