The Nonprofit Administration program shapes experienced and aspiring service providers of today into the administrators of the nonprofit organizations of tomorrow. The program prepares people to better serve their organizations and their communities by teaching approaches to leadership, team-building skills, ethical values and practices, nonprofit financial and resource management models, and strategic planning procedures among other practical administrative tools.

The program improves students’ ability to address issues related to a pluralistic environment. In an increasingly diverse society comprised of people with expanding needs and sometimes decreasing ability to address them, nonprofit organizations play an increasingly important role in society. The administrators of these organizations must obtain the necessary leadership skills this program provides.

The Nonprofit Administration program is an interdisciplinary professional degree program comprised of faculty in both the Boler School of Business and the College of Arts & Sciences teaching graduate courses in their areas of expertise. The program is a complete learning experience entailing field experience, practical instruction, case-based learning, and educational experiences that are necessary to link theoretical instruction to applied settings. The curricular components of this program include mentorship, team-building, crisis-management, and strategic planning.

Program Learning Goals for Nonprofit Administration (M.A. and certificate)

Students will:

  1. Develop an understanding of contemporary ethical issues in the nonprofit sector and normative frameworks for addressing these challenges.
  2. Communicate effectively using multiple forms of expression appropriate to nonprofit settings.
  3. Have and use knowledge of functional areas of particular relevance in the nonprofit sector (e.g., human resources, financial management, resource development, evaluation, executive leadership) and management skills essential for building effective and efficient organizations.
  4. Have critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and have leadership and collaborative skills relevant to organizations addressing growing social needs and resource constraints.

Admission Requirements

  • Details on the application process can be found at this link!

Program Requirements
Students are required to successfully complete the 36 hour program as described below.

All courses listed here are three-credit courses.

Required Courses: 24 hours.
Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations AC 572
Economics for Nonprofit Managers EC 501
Leadership and Managerial Skills* MN 550
Ethics and Business Environmental Issues: Section on Nonprofits MN 591
Overview of Nonprofit Administration NP 501
Advocacy for Nonprofit Organizations NP 520
Professional Communications for Nonprofit Administrators NP 530
Integrative Capstone Project NP 595
Elective Courses: 12 hours.
Principles of Marketing MK 521
Strategic Human Resource Management* or MN 589- Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management MN 588
Internship in Nonprofit Administration † NP 510
Grant Writing and Fund Raising for Nonprofits NP 540
Policy Analysis for Nonprofits NP 550
Cultural Diversity Training NP 555
Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis for Nonprofit Administrators NP 560
Organizational Assessment and Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations†† NP 570
Independent Study NP 580

*Prerequisite: one undergraduate course in organizational behavior, organizational psychology, or social psychology.
†Not required, but strongly encouraged for students with little experience working in nonprofit organizations.
††Prerequisite: previous coursework in research methodology including computer applications and statistical data analysis.

Financial Aid

  • A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Graduate assistants are given a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours per year plus a stipend. Graduate assistants are expected to spend 15 hours per week working for the department.
  • A 40% tuition scholarship is available to all enrolled in the nonprofit administration program.
  • The University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid offers assistance on student loans.