With this concentration, you'll gain vital knowledge and skills in all areas of Nonprofit Management—from traditional aspects such as fundraising and community service to the latest trends such as social entrepreneurship and socially responsible investing.
The latest trends and techniques
We also emphasize management techniques and trends that can be the key to success for many nonprofit leaders. As a result, you'll be prepared for a leadership role in the nonprofit sector, in government agencies that deal extensively with nonprofits, or in the field of philanthropy. This is just part of why we’re ranked #1 in this area by U.S. News & Word Report.
A broad base, plus depth and detail
You'll begin by mastering the fundamentals reflected in our MPA program's core competencies. These five courses (15 credit hours) will give you well-developed analytical skills and a broad understanding of policy issues and government processes. In addition to these highly transferable core skills, the Nonprofit Management concentration includes two required courses which provide the fundamental theories and tools of nonprofit management:
- The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (N 521)
- Management in the Nonprofit Sector (N 525)
Personalize your program
The remainder of the coursework comes in a wide range of elective courses. These will allow you to tailor your Nonprofit Management program to your own specific interests. Working with your advisor, you'll be able to select from many elective options.
- Learn what your elective options include
This is not an exhaustive list. To see all options, go to course descriptions, below.
- Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations (N 522)
- Civil Society and Public Policy (N 523)
- Civil Society in Comparative Perspective (N 524)
- NGO Management for International Development (N 534)
- Proposal Development and Grant Management (N 557)
- Fund Development for Nonprofits (N 558)
- Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (F 526)
- Strategic Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations (M 602)
- Principles and Practices of Social Entrepreneurship (V 559)
- Public Organizations (M 504)
- Negotiation & Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (M 547)
- Managing Workforce Diversity in Public Organizations (M 652)
- Benefit-Cost Analysis (P 541)
- Public Program Evaluation (P 562)
- Approaches to Development (D 576)
- Economic Development, Globalization, and Entrepreneurship (D 669)
- Sustainable Communities (S 515)
Our MPA offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You'll also get the benefit of experiential learning—typically through an approved internship. What's more, your concentration's course work will culminate in a project-oriented course—a capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program.
Combining your Nonprofit Management concentration with another MPA concentration—such as Economic Development or Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management—may offer you unique advantages in pursuing a particular career. As they help you design your program, our faculty will work to accommodate your specialized professional interests.