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.
- 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
- 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
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
- Program management
- Program support
What you'll study
Complete two of the following:
Complete a minimum of 6 quarter hours from the following:
Note: ALY 6010 and ALY 6070 should be taken together.
Complete a minimum of 9 quarter hours from the following:
Note: CMN 6000 and INT 6000 should be taken together.
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:
Fewer than two years of project management experience:
Complete a minimum of 5 quarter hours of the following:
Complete these two courses together:
Or complete this course:
Note: Students who take Foundations of Project Management (PJM 5900) are not required to take an elective course in this concentration.