Master of Science in Nonprofit Management
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 fundraising, marketing, program development, and governance issues.
Integrating theoretical approaches with practical applications, the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management prepares 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 which further develop the students’ knowledge, skills, talent, and abilities. Faculty in the program support students’ developmental goals through action-oriented courses which 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.
- Explore leadership practices that contribute to organizational success
- Understand legal and governance issues in nonprofit organizations
- Hone your fundraising skills, including grant and proposal writing
- Recognize important social, organizational, and cultural change agents
- Discover traditional and nontraditional ways to promote nonprofits to supporters, the public, and the media
- Analyze national and international trends, issues, and political shifts affecting the nonprofit marketplace
Hiring in nonprofit organizations is on the upswing. In fact, according to Nonprofit HR Solutions’ 2015 Nonprofit Employment Trends Survey, the nonprofit sector ranks third in the U.S. in overall employment, with more than 10.7m employees.
The fastest growing jobs are in:
- Direct services
- Program management
- Program support
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Required minimum credit hours: between 45-47 q.h. depending on the selected concentration
Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University s academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant s statement of purpose
- Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
- Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
- Official undergraduate degree documentation
- Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
- Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution’s grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be “official,” it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.
For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.
All requirements must be received prior to review.
Estimated total tuition for this program is $30,195.00 .
Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.
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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.
*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.
Who Will Your Classmates Be?
This master’s degree program is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a management or leadership position in the nonprofit sector. This sector spans charitable, educational, scientific, and religious/faith-based organizations, as well as private foundations such as grant-making entities, civic and social organizations, business leagues, veterans’ organizations, and political action committees.
While the program is open to individuals who are new to the nonprofit sector, it is best suited for those with at least three years of experience working in or volunteering for a nonprofit organization.
All Master of Science in Nonprofit Management applicants must hold an undergraduate degree.
Rick J. Arrowood is an Academic Specialist/Full-time faculty member with Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. Arrowood’s primary area of focus is in the nonprofit management track, although he also teaches with Foundation Year, Global Pathways, and in a number of leadership programs. In addition, he has earned a reputation for creating highly interactive online learning opportunities through NUOnline by maximizing the learning experience for the student, often replicated by other faculty.
Before joining the full-time teaching faculty at the College of Professional Studies, Mr. Arrowood served two decades in high-level leadership roles in nonprofit organizations. In 2008, through a Governor’s Citation, Governor Deval L. Patrick recognized Arrowood’s contributions of service to the ALS nonprofit community. In addition, he is credited with envisioning the first-ever state-wide registry for people living with Lou Gehrig’s disease through a legislative mandate. Today, this registry remains fully funded and is being replicated nationwide.
In addition to his extensive nonprofit leadership, Rick J. Arrowood brings seven years of undergraduate and graduate teaching experience in adjunct capacities at area colleges and universities in the disciplines of nonprofit, business, human services, and professional studies. He began working with the College of Professional Studies as a senior lecturer in 2008 where he has taught legal governance and board issues, human resource management, financial management, fundraising and development, professional speaking, and business law. In the fall of 2010, Arrowood taught a graduate leadership course through the Global Leadership Program at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
Mr. Arrowood received his Juris Doctor degree from the Massachusetts School of Law and a Bachelor of Human Resource Management from Palm Beach Atlantic College.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Specialized Knowledge
Interpret the major theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry and practice in nonprofit management, leadership, and capacity building, and illustrate their applications and relationships to allied fields of study.
- Broad and Integrative Knowledge
Articulate and defend the significance and implications of the work in terms of challenges and trends in a social or global context.
- Applied and Collaborative Learning
Identify and investigate current nonprofit gaps and needs related to capacity-building deficiencies, including assessment of approaches and recommendations applicable to organizations.
- Civic and Global Learning
Propose a path to resolution of a problem in the field of study that is complicated by competing interests or by rival interests within a nation other than the U.S.
- Experiential Learning
Synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within course work or beyond the classroom via experiential opportunities.