The Master of Science in management specialization in nonprofit and association management can help you learn to successfully direct an organization in the nonprofit sector. Whether you're in an association, development organization, foundation, or political organization, you’ll learn the latest governance strategies, as well as the fundamentals of solid financial management and leadership to help your organization fulfill its mission.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

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

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

Initial Requirement

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

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Specialization Courses

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

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • MGMT 630 (or MGMT 610) must be taken within the first 6 credits.
    • MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 may be taken instead of MGMT 630.
  • MGMT 640 should not be attempted simultaneously with MGMT 650.
  • You must complete 24 credits of program coursework, including all core courses, before enrolling in MGMT 670.
  • NPMN 600 must be taken as the first specialization course.
  • Taking NPMN 650 before NPMN 655 is strongly recommended.

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.

Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

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

You are expected to have some familiarity with Microsoft Excel.

If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640.

If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650. Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to improve writing skills.