Put yourself on the path to an executive director position with a master's degree in management with a specialization in nonprofit and association management.

The Master of Science in management with a specialization in nonprofit and association management from University of Maryland Global Campus can help you learn to successfully direct an organization in the nonprofit sector. You'll learn the latest governance strategies as well as the foundations of solid financial management and leadership to help your organization fulfill its mission.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Management Master's Degree with Nonprofit and Association Management Specialization

Your courses in the nonprofit and association management specialization will provide you with a thorough understanding of the nonprofit sector, with courses in nonprofit management, financial management, revenue generation and cost control, law and governance, as well as approaches to promotion, marketing, and fundraising.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Manage finances and generate revenue for a nonprofit organization
  • Analyze legal and governance-related issues
  • Recruit and manage volunteers
  • Promote, market, and fundraise for a nonprofit organization
  • Measure outcomes and processes
  • Develop a leadership style and strategy

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Complete a team project using cash-flow analysis resource leveling; quantitative risk analysis; and techniques for estimating actual versus expected project duration and cost, scheduling projects based on resource availability, and expediting projects.
  • Proactively manage issues that adversely impact the successful scope, scheduling, control, and completion of a project

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):

Certified Associate Executive

Management Master's Degree with Nonprofit and Association Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • You can take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 instead of MGMT 630.
  • MGMT 630 or MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits.
  • MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be taken at the same time.

Specialization Courses

  • NPMN 600
  • NPMN 610
  • NPMN 620
  • NPMN 640
  • NPMN 650
  • NPMN 655
  • NPMN 660

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • NPMN 600 must be taken as the first specialization course.
  • It is recommended that you take NPMN 650 before NPMN 655.

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must complete 24 credits, including all core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for organizational leadership in the nonprofit sector, whether you're in an association, development organization, foundation, or political organization.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend a background in finance or accounting and familiarity with Microsoft Excel. If you lack a background in finance or accounting, we recommend you take UCSP 620. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills. If you lack a recent background in statistics, we recommend you take UCSP 630.