MA in Nonprofit Management Degree Details and Courses
This 30-credit Master of Arts degree is composed of 5 Required Core Courses, 1 Customizable Core Course, and 4 Elective Courses. Within the Required Core Courses is the culminating experience of a Capstone Seminar.
Core Courses - Required
Complete all 5 courses.
• Enroll in "NGO Management Capstone Seminar" during your final semester.
Core Course - Customizable
Choose 1 of these courses:
Select 4 Electives.
For your convenience, some Electives are presented as a collection of related courses within a Focus Area. These curated collections will help you to identify the targeted knowledge and experiences available to distinguish yourself in your field.
This program has curated three Focus Areas:
• International Mission-Based Organizations
• Project Management, Evaluation, and Leadership
• Social Enterprise
Lobbying is a Constitutional right guaranteed under the First Amendment. It's also big business in Washington, DC, as more than $4 billion was spent on these efforts in 2015. In fact, for many, the term “lobbying” conjures up an image of a shady character passing a cash-filled envelope to an elected official.
The stereotype of lobbyists as greedy predators of the political system detracts from the efforts made by the tens of thousands of people, from lobbyists and concerned citizens alike, who come to Washington every year to exercise their “Right to Petition” the government to make it more responsive and accountable to the people.
This applied course provides students with a practical understanding of how to lobby Congress and the Executive Branch. The course also teaches students about “advocacy” efforts where unregistered public affairs firms employ campaign-styled tactics to persuade decision-makers to support their client’s positions.
Focus Area Electives: Project Management, Evaluation, and Leadership
These courses are relevant if you are working in, or aspire to work with nonprofit organizations, in positions of leadership, monitoring and evaluation, programming, project management, development, human resources, or on a board of directors.
Focus Area Electives: International Mission-Based Organizations
These courses are relevant if you are working in, or aspire to work with, multilateral organizations and NGOs in the field of international development, and humanitarian affairs.
Focus Area Elective: Social Enterprise
This course is relevant if you are working in, or aspire to work with a for-profit or nonprofit entity in any capacity.