Online Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management

The Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management focuses on teaching students how to create positive change in communities around the world. In this nonprofit management and leadership degree, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed for key leadership positions in the nonprofit world, such as fundraising and volunteer management.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 01/09/2023


Total classes:

Total classes: 11

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 33

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Who should earn a master’s in nonprofit management?

The master’s in nonprofit management degree is ideal for students with professional work experience in the nonprofit sector. You’ll sharpen your abilities, develop new competencies and network with colleagues working across the full breadth of the nonprofit sector.

If you’re interested in working in the nonprofit sector but have little employment experience, you may still be accepted into the program. You’ll complete a lower-division nonprofit course as a stepping stone into the graduate courses. This course is taken in the first semester and can be completed alongside other graduate-recommended courses.

Why earn a master’s in nonprofit management?

 

Earning a master’s in nonprofit management online can position you as a valuable and talented employee, able to positively influence the mission of an organization and the community it supports. At the same time, you’ll develop the competencies needed to move into roles that can be more personally and financially rewarding.

Additionally, ASU has one of the largest and best-known faculty in nonprofit management in the United States. The faculty has consciously sought to build a program where established professionals can engage each other on core nonprofit topics.

What new skills and experiences will I develop in this online master’s in nonprofit management?

 

This nonprofit management and leadership degree considers a range of common nonprofit management and organizational concerns to build a well-rounded knowledge base and set of abilities. Through your coursework, you’ll develop skills in many areas critical to the success of nonprofit groups, such as:

  • Advocacy.
  • Fundraising.
  • Nonprofit organization management.
  • Program development.
  • Volunteer management.

You’ll also build understanding and practical experience in areas like financial and executive management.

The Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management is accredited by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. ASU is one of the first 10 graduate programs to earn this prestigious designation. The university is at the forefront of curricular development of degree and certificate programs in nonprofit leadership and management.

Does my master's in nonprofit management say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Master’s in nonprofit management online courses

As a nonprofit management and leadership student, you’ll first build key knowledge in core courses that focus exclusively on nonprofit operations. Then, you’ll choose your own electives for a tailored learning experience that directly applies to your career path. Courses include:


Core

The Nonprofit Sector


Core

Financial and Resource Management


Core

Program Evaluation and Information Management


Core

Strategic Human Resources Management


Core

Volunteer Resource Management


Core

Theory and Practice of Philanthropy


Elective

Nonprofit Organizational Behavior and Management


Elective

Fundraising and Resource Development


What can I do with a master's in nonprofit management?

A master’s in nonprofit management online gives you the necessary skills to lead and advance in a nonprofit organization. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

Entrepreneur.

Fundraiser.

Public relations manager.

Social or community service manager.

Volunteer manager.

Accomplished and distinguished instructors in community service

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Accomplished and distinguished instructors in community service

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Master’s in nonprofit management admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Ideal applicants have three years of nonprofit work experience and leadership aspirations. However, the review committee considers applications holistically. Applicants admitted without sufficient experience in the nonprofit field must complete a deficiency course with a minimum ‘B’ grade.

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Nationally recognized public service programs

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.

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Tuition calculator

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Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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