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Master of Science inNonprofit Management

Program Overview

With the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management, you will be introduced to valuable concepts, practical information and expertise in every class session. We will help you answer the question, “What will help me do a better job of serving others now?”

Nonprofit management is about developing your employees and protecting your clients.  We want to help you develop the knowledge and skills to make you confident that your organization is doing just that. We will teach you how to better apply technology for the best results, how to effectively raise funds, how to create and train staff, and how to improve efficiency within your organization.

We will keep you informed on the latest technology and techniques on the web, in the world of nonprofit organizations, teaching donor management software, and how to use social media effectively. In addition, we will provide classes in the ethics of fundraising, advocacy, and strategic planning.

The Master of Science in Nonprofit Management degree is offered fully online, allowing you to maintain professional responsibilities and keep your family commitments while you earn your degree. When you complete our Master of Science in Nonprofit Management degree you’ll graduate with the ability to take your newly acquired knowledge and skills, combined with your compassion for something greater than yourself, to effectively manage your nonprofit organization.

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Nonprofit Management Courses

Core CoursesProgram Courses
NPM 5010 Foundations of Nonprofit Management
NPM 5020 Governing and Leading Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 5030 Obtaining and Managing Resources for Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 5040 Managing the Nonprofit Organization
NPM 5050 Marketing, Communication and Special Topics for Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 5060 Integrative Application Project 1
NPM 5070 Integrative Application Project 2
NPM 5080 Finances for Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 5090 Grant Writing
NPM 5100 Fundraising Fundamentals
MSNM Electives Choose 2 additional electives

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Executive Director
Chief Executive Officer
Director of Philanthropy
Minister of Church Operations
Minister of Church Finance
President and CEO
Vice President of Development
Regional Development Manager
Volunteer Development Manager
Gifts Management, Enrollment and Records Administrator
Development Officer

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