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Master of Science in Nonprofit Management — Seattle

The Master of Science in Nonprofit Management integrates theory and best practices to prepare you for a leadership position in the nonprofit sector.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.

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Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

12-18 months

Overview

With rapid change becoming the norm, organizations need strong, adaptive leaders to help them thrive. The Master of Science in Nonprofit Management prepares you for leadership positions at universities, hospitals, charities, foundations, NGOs, or educational and religious organizations—entities with complex needs and limited resources, seeking to make a difference. Unlike a traditional MBA, this degree focuses on core competencies in the nonprofit world: fundraising, policy, strategic management, and the tools to foster positive change. Through action-oriented coursework, opportunities to collaborate with nonprofits, and experiential projects guided by faculty who work in the field, this program prepares you to become a mission-driven leader with the skills to make a meaningful impact.

This program is based in Seattle, Washington.


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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 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, 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

Unique Transfer Opportunity

About the CFRE Certification Transfer Credit Opportunity:

Why consider a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University? We recognize the knowledge and nonprofit competencies demonstrated by those who have earned their CFRE certification. As a result, credential-holders have the unique opportunity to accelerate through a Northeastern University degree.
 
Successful applicants for a master's degree program with their CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive):

  • Will be able to earn a master’s degree by completing 14 courses, rather than 15
  • Transfer credit is awarded for the following course: NPM 6130–Fundraising & Development for Nonprofit Organizations

 

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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General Requirements

Required Courses

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Electives

Complete two of the following:

3.00
3.00
4.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.004.00
3.00
2.00

 

Concentrations

Fundraising

Required Courses

3.00
3.00
3.00

Electives

Complete a minimum of 6 quarter hours from the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
4.00
4.00
3.00
 

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

Leadership and Communication

Required Courses

3.00
3.00

Electives

Complete a minimum of 9 quarter hours from the following:

3.00
1.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
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:

3.00
3.00

Fewer than two years of project management experience:

4.00
3.00
3.00

Electives

Complete a minimum of 5 quarter hours of the following:

Complete these two courses together:

3.00
3.00

Or complete this course:

3.00

3.00
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

3.00
3.00
4.00

Electives 

Complete a minimum of 5 quarter hours from the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
4.00
 

Note: ALY 6110 should be taken with ALY 6070.

Social Innovation

Required Courses

4.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Electives

Complete a minimum of 3 quarter hours from the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
4.00
4.00
3.00
4.00
3.00

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

PJM 5900 and PJM 6000 should be taken together. 

Follow our leaders

Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.

"The Master of Science in Nonprofit Management introduces our students to the multiple career opportunities offered by purpose driven, nonprofit organizations. We live in an exciting historical moment in which initiatives from the public administration, the industry, and the nonprofit sector are pivoting the next generation of social change. Our network of faculty, staff, students and partners aims to nurture the necessary skills to lead this process." - Monica Borgida, Faculty Lead - Nonprofit Management

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I would 100% recommend this program. We worked directly with nonprofit organizations, helping them build marketing plans or working with their boards. The faculty are also amazing and experienced. The classes were very in-depth whether online or in person. I met so many intelligent people;  a lot of them were already working in the field which was great to learn from.

Lia Mancuso Master of Science in Nonprofit Management, 2017

Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
  • English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Prior Learning Assessment/Transfer Credits

Some courses in this program offer transfer credit for students’ experience through prior learning assessments and professional certifications. View the full list of eligible certifications and transfer credits.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
February 8, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
March 8, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
May 10, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
June 7, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
July 19, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
August 23, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Management alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.

 

  • Where They Work

    • State Street
    • Fidelity Investments
    • Dell EMC
    • IBM
    • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • What They Do

    • Business Development
    • Sales
    • Operations
    • Finance
    • Entrepreneurship
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Management
    • Leadership
    • Customer Service
    • Microsoft Office
    • Project Management

 

Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.

Career Opportunities and Services

Overview

Did You Know?

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

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. 

Did You Know?

With our Master of Science in Nonprofit Management you’ll gain real-world experience while you build the leadership and business skills needed to tackle the unique challenges facing the nonprofit sector.

Did You Know?

Advanced degree holders earn a salary 35% higher than those with a bachelor's degree.