Nonprofit Management, MS
NPM 5010 Foundations of Nonprofit ManagementCredit Hours: 3
This course will provide an orientation to the nonprofit sector and a theoretical foundation for the more applied topics that will be covered later in MSNM Program. Students will begin to develop their personal philosophies of management as it applies to the unique environment of the nonprofits. This course seeks to engender an overview of nonprofit management that is both conceptual and practical in nature. Three hours.
NPM 5020 Governing and Leading Nonprofit OrganizationsCredit Hours: 3
This course provides learners with the opportunity to learn the many dynamics involved in leading an organization under the auspices of a governing board. Best practice strategies and activities will be utilized regarding effective and ethical leadership, managing an organization, and recruiting, developing, evaluating and retaining human capital within the organization. Three hours.
NPM 5030 Obtaining and Managing Resources for Nonprofit OrganizationsCredit Hours: 3
This course will introduce learners to the role of resource management found within nonprofit environments. Learners will interact with philanthropy, earned income strategies, governmental support, and financial management of such resources. Three hours.
NPM 5040 Managing the Nonprofit OrganizationCredit Hours: 3
Nonprofit organizations can thrive only when there is a clear understanding of the internal and external realities that impact a company’s present status and potential for growth. This course will examine various ways to ensure accountability to external stakeholders and effectively measure performance. The strategic planning process will also be examined in depth, and students will learn how to utilize planning skills in a practical exercise with a company of their choice. Students will also examine ways to help nonprofit companies build capacity and explore opportunities for collaboration. Three hours
NPM 5050 Marketing, Communication and Special Topics for Nonprofit OrganizationsCredit Hours: 3
This course is a guide through four topics that can easily be confusing or too new for nonprofit leaders to handle without help. 1) Leaders, must know the values and pitfalls of marketing so that the mission remains the primary focus. 2) Advocacy includes education of the public in addition to the challenging topic of lobbying that few nonprofits engage in with confidence. 3) Globalization affects many local nonprofits as there may be chapters abroad. Leaders must be aware of the management and board ‘best practices’ that come from globalized nonprofits. 4) Social entrepreneurship is a newer topic that covers innovation to provide new income streams for a target population, social impact or both. Business for missions, community development, and micro finance are related topics. Three hours.
NPM 5060 Integrative Application Project 1Credit Hours: 3
This course allows the learner to demonstrate their capacity for understanding and applying the first year of the nonprofit management course work. Learners will examine and contrast a current and relevant nonprofit management issue, then compose and construct a strategic, viable, credible, and synergistic solution to such an issue. Three hours.
Prerequisites: NPM 5010, NPM 5020, and two (2) graduate elective courses in year one.
Corequisite: NPM 5030.
NPM 5070 Integrative Application Project 2Credit Hours: 3
This course allows the learner to demonstrate their capacity for understanding and applying the second year of the nonprofit management course work. Learners will examine and contrast a current and relevant nonprofit management issue, then compose and construct a strategic, viable, credible, and synergistic solution to such an issue. Three hours.
Prerequisites: NPM 5040, NPM 5050, and two (2) graduate elective courses in year two.
Corequisite: One (1) graduate elective.
NPM 5080 Finances for Nonprofit OrganizationsCredit Hours: 3
Nonprofit management is becoming a recognized specialty, and there is a growing number of individuals and entities specializing in nonprofit financial management as well. With this growth in numbers comes a comparable growth in the demand for sophisticated management. No longer is it enough just for one’s financial records to be in order; one must be able to demonstrate good financial systems to meet all the other rising demands on today’s nonprofit.
NPM 5090 Grant WritingCredit Hours: 3
This course will focus on identifying private foundations and corporations whose philanthropic mission aligns with the vision a non-profit organization chosen by the student. Students will conduct research on foundations and corporations and craft letters of inquiry and grant proposals. Students will develop a basic knowledge of grant writing process and display understanding of the content through the development of a grant proposal.
NPM 5100 Fundraising FundamentalsCredit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of the history and theories influencing philanthropy. Students will develop their own theoretical framework for fundraising. The culminating project will be the creation and presentation of a case statement for a non-profit organization of student’s choice.
MSNM ElectivesCredit Hours: 3
In addition to the above courses, students will take 2 electives to acquire the 36 credit hours required to complete the degree.
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