May 29, 2023  
University Catalog 2021-2022 
University Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nonprofit Management, MA

MA in Nonprofit Management
AU Distance and Extended Education
Credits for Degree: 33 semester credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Online
Standard time to completion: 20 months

Program Overview

The mission of the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management (MANM) program is to prepare individuals for exemplary professional leadership in nonprofit organizations through a curriculum informed by best practice standards in the discipline. In pursuit of this mission, MANM students will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve the following: 

  1. Develop and manage programs to advance an organization’s mission, 
  2. Design and execute effective development strategies for enhanced organizational viability, 
  3. Manage an organization’s operations and infrastructure for optimal effectiveness,
  4. Relate the ethics and beliefs that animate nongovernmental organizations across the globe,
  5. Define and develop the leadership qualities necessary for exemplary management and governance.

The structure of the program consists of two main components:

  • A core curriculum of eight courses which focus on the major functions involved in nonprofit leadership.
  • A selection of three courses allows each student to pursue special interests.

Current Tuition and Fees

University Tuition and Fees  


A sample sequence is illustrated in the table below.

Sample MANM Program Course Sequence

Year 1, Fall

Courses Year 2, Fall Courses
A Nonprofit History, Context, Theories, and Trends A Organizational Leadership & Governance
B Program Planning & Evaluation B Leading High Performance Teams
Year 1, Spring Courses Year 2, Spring Courses
A Marketing & Communications Strategy A Elective
B Development & Fundraising B Elective
Year 1, Summer Courses Year 2, Summer Courses
A Financial Analysis for Nonprofits A Elective
B Human Resources Management B