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Offered through the School of Community Resources and Development, the MNLM degree program is intended for professionals who work in 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 challenges and opportunities of nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations with attention on those who lead, manage and support nonprofits.
Students explore research, theory and innovative nonprofit practice that advances individual and societal goals for social, cultural, environmental, educational and economic development. The program considers the nexus among nonprofit management, social enterprise and entrepreneurship, and philanthropy that are evinced through nonprofit organizational forms.
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: Critical Issues in Nonprofit Management (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. Courses are selected from two contributing disciplines (public affairs and social work) to foster the transdisciplinary nature of the degree. 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.