Nonprofit Management, MS

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 fund-raising, marketing, program development, and governance issues.

Integrating theoretical approaches with practical applications, the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management seeks to prepare 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 that further develop the students' knowledge, skills, talent, and abilities. Faculty in the program support students' development goals through action-oriented courses that 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. 

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

LDR 6100Developing Your Leadership Capability3
NPM 6110Legal and Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations3
NPM 6120Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations3
NPM 6125Promoting Nonprofit Organizations3
NPM 6130Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations3
NPM 6140Grant and Report Writing3
NPM 6150Human Resources Management in Nonprofit Organizations3
NPM 6980Capstone3


Complete one of the following concentrations:


Complete two of the following:6
Leading Teams
Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level
Intercultural Communication
Crisis Communication
Personal and Career Development
Integrative Experiential Learning
Interdisciplinary Foundations

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45–47 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

Global Studies

Required Courses
GST 6100Globalization and Global Politics and Economics4
GST 6101Global Literacy, Culture, and Community4
GST 6320Peace and Conflict4
Complete one of the following:4
Regional Studies: East Asia
Regional Studies: Middle East
Regional Studies: Sub-Saharan Africa
Regional Studies: Europe
Regional Studies: Southwest and Central Asia
Regional Studies: Latin America

Human Services

HSV 6100Theory and Practice of Human Services3
HSV 6110Human Services Management and Development3
HSV 6630Research and Evaluation in Human Services3
HSV 6160Introduction to Employee Assistance Programs3
HSV 6640Policy Issues in Human Services3


LDR 6110Leading Teams3
LDR 6120Developing Organizational Leadership3
LDR 6150Innovation and Organizational Transformation3
LDR 6135Ethical Leadership3
LDR 6140Strategy Development and Implementation3

Organizational Communication

CMN 6000
and INT 6000
Introduction to Organizational Communication
and Writing Lab
CMN 6020Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication3
CMN 6050Crisis Communication3
CMN 6090Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication3
CMN 6110Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management3

 Project Management

Required Courses 1
PJM 5900Foundations of Project Management4
PJM 6000Project Management Practices3
PJM 6005Project Scope Management3
PJM 6025Project Scheduling and Cost Planning3
PJM 6015Project Risk Management3
Complete one of the following: 23
Project Evaluation and Assessment
Project Quality Management
Managing Troubled Projects
Communication Skills for Project Managers
Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management

Social Media and Online Communication

Complete five of the following:15-17
Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media
Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques
Legal, Policy, and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era
Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance
Implementation and Management of Social Media Channels and Online Communities
Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation

 Sport and Social Change

LDR 6410Leadership and Organization in Sport3
GST 6102Global Corporate and Social Responsibility4
HSV 6120Social Inequality, Social Change, and Community Building3
LDR 6360Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level3
LDR 6427Gender and Diversity in Sport3