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Non-Profit Management Concentration

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Concentration Description

The Nonprofit Management concentration offers an understanding of management’s role in a non-profit setting and of the nonprofit/public sector’s role in society. Students learn to work more effectively with people from diverse cultures and build consensus. They learn to create and administer budgets, read and interpret financial reports, and the importance of financial planning. They learn how to work with boards, donors and government agencies and are introduced to the basics of grant and proposal writing.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to the broad management skills and current practices gained from the degree program, students will acquire:

  • A deeper understanding of the non-profit/public sector’s role in society
  • The ability to manage and work more effectively with diverse groups of people, inspire teamwork and morale, and build consensus
  • Skills to create and administer a budget, read and interpret financial statements
  • The ability to work more effectively with boards, donors and government agencies
  • The knowledge to write grant proposals


The nonprofit sector is expected to grow and provide job opportunities at all levels for qualified candidates. Mid-level positions are often staffed from within the organization, and graduates will increase their chances for promotion. Typical job titles include:

  • Program associate or manager
  • Project manager
  • Development associate or manager
  • Client relations manager/supervisor
  • Human resources manager
  • Executive director


Required Courses
Operations Management
MMG 712 3 credit(s)
Operations refers to the process by which an organization converts inputs (facilities, equipment, labor, etc.) into outputs (services and goods). This process involves management functions such as planning, the acquisition and utilization of resources, control, evaluation, and appropriate change. This course also develops an appreciation of the distinctions and relationships between the operations function and other functions of the organization including finance and marketing.
Budgeting and Finance for Nonprofit and Public Organizations
MMG 727 3 credit(s)
Pre-requisite: MMG 514 or equivalent. This course provides an introduction to the basic financial accounting systems used in nonprofit and public organizations. It also focuses on how to use the financial and program data to effectively analyze the costs associated with programs and services provided by the organization. The final area to be covered will be budget preparation and monitoring. The politics of the budgeting process will be examined. By the conclusion of the course the student will be able to effectively participate in the financial decision-making within his or her organization.
Organization Development and Change Management
MMG 755 3 credit(s)
Prerequisitie: MMG512. The theory and practice of organization development are introduced. Skills are developed in identifying how organizational systems operate together, including organization culture, leadership, structure, human resources, rewards, and technology. Students learn how to make effective change through dealing with an organization as a whole. Strategies are developed to help organizations adapt to new technologies, markets, and challenges, including the rate of change itself. Case studies and simulations are used throughout the class work.