Nonprofit Leadership and Management, MNLM

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Do you aspire to move up in your nonprofit organization and maximize social impact? This degree enables you to earn enhanced recognition and credentials with a clear focus on leading and managing nonprofit organizations. Come join like-minded colleagues and make a difference in new and inspiring ways.

Offered through the School of Community Resources and Development, the MNLM program is intended for mid-level professionals who work or desire to work in the nonprofit sector at senior leadership and management levels. The program provides an opportunity to obtain an advanced degree that addresses the unique character of nonprofit organizations and the social sector.

Students explore both theory and the practice of leadership and management in the nonprofit sector. The degree allows graduates enhanced recognition and credentials similar to those who have graduate degrees in administration or management.

At A Glance

Nonprofit Leadership and Management, MNLM

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level program.

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Application deadlines

Fall - July 1

Spring - December 1

Summer - April1

Degree requirements

Required Core (18 credit hours)
NLM 510 The Nonprofit Sector (3)
NLM 520 Financial and Resource Management (3)
NLM 530 Program Evaluation and Information Management (3)
NLM 540 Strategic Human Resources Management (3) or NLM 545 Volunteer Resource Management (3)
NLM 550 Philanthropy (3)
NLM 620 Capstone: Integrative Seminar (3)

Electives (15 credit hours)

Additional Curriculum Information
Students are required to take 18 credit hours of core coursework, of which three credit hours are a capstone course that is completed at the end of the program of study. The capstone course is integrative and case-based, allowing students to synthesize material from prior coursework. Successful completion of this course is required in place of a thesis or applied project.

Students complete 15 credit hours of related elective coursework. Students may petition for one three credit hour course not listed as an approved elective in their program of study as long as students can establish an intellectual and professional development objective that substantiates the course selection. The petition should be submitted prior to enrollment in an elective.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. curriculum vitae or resume
  4. statement of educational and career goals
  5. three reference letters
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. International applicants are also required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores and a financial guarantee statement.

The statement of educational and career goals should be written in sufficient detail to indicate compatibility with the educational objectives and capabilities of the school.

Reference letters should be from a combination of academic and professional references. References from friends and family members are not accepted.

Students currently pursuing the nonprofit leadership and management certificate who are interested in applying for the master's program must apply to the degree program before the completion of nine credit hours in their certificate program.

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