The nonprofit sector in the United States and elsewhere is rapidly expanding in terms of scope of activity, assets held, share of economic activity and the paid workforce, partnerships with the for-profit and public sectors, and policy advocacy. Yet training and leadership development has not kept pace with such growth, demand, and opportunity. In fact, most professionals working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector have scant education training in leadership and management. Today, a growing number of individuals are interested in a career in this field.

The School’s Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree and joint MPP/MBA degree with a specialization and focus in Nonprofit Management and Leadership forms the paradigm for the work we described above and will be developing in the coming year at the undergraduate level. Our graduate program currently offers a specialization (five or more courses) and focus (three courses) in Nonprofit Management and Leadership in which every course includes an applied project with an actual nonprofit organization. Current course offerings are among the deepest of any university in the United States and provide a distinctive global and domestic focus:

  • Introduction to Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Theory, Practice, and New Paradigms in Nonprofit Fundraising
  • Strategic Management for Nonprofit & Public Organizations
  • Strategic Philanthropy
  • India’s Evolving Social Sector and Project Course with its NGOs and Social Enterprises
  • China's Dynamic Philanthropic and Social Sector Landscape
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Capstone Consulting Project with a Nonprofit

Learn more about the specialization and focus in Nonprofit Management and Leadership offered through the School of Public Policy.