Nonprofit Management: Public, Professional & Social Sectors

Major: Nonprofit Management: Public, Professional & Social Sectors
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-2031

About the Program

The MS in Nonprofit Management: Public, Professional & Social Sectors is designed to prepare students to successfully handle the responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities facing today’s nonprofit sector. Skills in strategic planning, governance, communication, fund development and stewardship, marketing, and innovation learned in the classroom and put into practice with partnering nonprofit entities, will provide students with the essential tools to effectively carry out and lead the nonprofits’ mission.

This degree equips you with the following demonstrable skills:

  • Communication — Enhance oral, written and presentation skills to easily and effectively collaborate with, and lead, others in the workplace. Students will also learn how to communicate with outside constituents, board members and community leaders while honoring the organization’s mission.
  • Campaign management — Build the strategic planning, management, communication and financial skills needed to effectively run annual funds and capital campaigns.
  • Donor cultivation — Using communication, leadership and nonprofit sector trends, as well as specific mission information, students will learn how to cultivate interested individuals into donors, elevate small donors into capital-level donors, and maintain those relationships over time.
  • Ethics — Develop a strong moral and ethical framework to manage mission-driven, largely volunteer-based institutions.
  • Self-assessment — Gain the ability to examine one’s role, responsibility and effectiveness within an organization. By acknowledging strengths and weaknesses, students can capitalize on strengths while also targeting specific areas for growth.

Program Delivery

The MS in Nonprofit Management: Public, Professional & Social Sectors is a part-time graduate degree program that is offered entirely online. Drexel University operates on a quarter schedule (four 10-week terms per academic year). Students will take two courses per quarter.

For More Information

Please visit our webpage for more information about the program, admissions requirements and application details. 

Admission Requirements

1. Completed online application

2. Bachelor's Degree from and accredited institution

3. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPAs will also be considered)

4. Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)

5. Two letters of recommendation (3 preferred)

6. Personal Statement (minimum 500 words) describing your interest in the program. Specifically, please discuss the following:
  * Why are you interested in the nonprofit sector?
  * How do you envision the program helping you to facilitate your future career goals?
  * How you will contribute to the program and to your peers?

7. Resume

8. OPTIONAL - Students may elect to submit any of the following:
    * GRE/GMAT Scores
    * Example of a work project that demonstrates a specific skill or expertise

9. International Students must submit a TOEFL score of 550 or higher, please visit International Student Requirements

Interviews are not required, but may be requested.

Degree Requirements

AADM 520Creative Enterprise and Innovation3.0
ACCT 608Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting3.0
COM 536Strategic Social Media Communication3.0
COM 576Nonprofit Communications3.0
NPM 501Foundations in Fundraising and Ethics3.0
NPM 520Writing for Nonprofits3.0
NPM 550Stewardship & Donor Cultivation3.0
NPM 600Nonprofit Workshop I3.0
NPM 602Nonprofit Workshop II3.0
NPM 603Regional Volunteer Experience3.0
NPM 645Strategic Planning for Nonprofits3.0
NPM 670Managing Effective Capital Campaigns3.0
NPM 700Capstone I1.5
NPM 701Capstone II4.5
PLCY 507Nonprofit Organizations3.0
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
PLCY 507Nonprofit Organizations3.0
COM 576Nonprofit Communications3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
NPM 520Writing for Nonprofits3.0
NPM 501Foundations in Fundraising and Ethics3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
NPM 550Stewardship & Donor Cultivation3.0
NPM 600Nonprofit Workshop I3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
ACCT 608Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting3.0
COM 536Strategic Social Media Communication3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
NPM 603Regional Volunteer Experience3.0
NPM 645Strategic Planning for Nonprofits3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
AADM 520Creative Enterprise and Innovation3.0
NPM 602Nonprofit Workshop II3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
NPM 700Capstone I1.5
NPM 670Managing Effective Capital Campaigns3.0
 Term Credits4.5
Term 8
NPM 701Capstone II4.5
 Term Credits4.5
Total Credit: 45.0
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