Master of Science in Nonprofit Management

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.

Curriculum

Courses

Examples of courses in this major:

NPM 5010 Foundations of Nonprofit Management

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.

NPM 5020 Governing and Leading Nonprofit Organizations

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. 

NPM 5030 Obtaining and Managing Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

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.

NPM 5040 Managing the Nonprofit Organization

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.

NNPM 5050 Marketing, Communication and Special Topics for Nonprofit Organizations

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.

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