In response to the growing demand of the nonprofit sector, AULA has added a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management degree to its graduate offerings. Applications are currently being accepted for the program’s inaugural student cohort, scheduled to begin this coming fall.
“The creation of this degree program is very mission consistent for us,” said AULA President Tex Boggs. “Antioch University Los Angeles provides an educational experience that both enables and encourages students to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. Graduates of the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management program will have the skills and commitment necessary to make a lasting difference in the communities they serve and in the nonprofit institutions that employ them.”
Students enrolled in the 48-unit, 18-month program designed for working professionals will attend class one evening each week, and on the occasional Saturday morning, with online coursework between on-campus meetings. Each 10-week quarter will be devoted to the in-depth study of an essential aspect of nonprofit management. Specific areas of curricular focus include Programs, Advancement, Administration and Finance, Governance and Finance, Nonprofit Systems, and Organization Sustainability. In addition to lectures, readings, simulations, case studies, and practice exercises, students participate in a variety of field-based activities.
“The nonprofit sector is the third largest labor force in the U.S., employing one in ten workers,” said Susan Nero, Chair of Graduate Management Programs. “The MA in Nonprofit Management degree responds to the need to prepare an increasing number of professionals for greater success as program and development directors, financial administrators, executive directors and board trustees leading sustainable, mission-driven organizations.”
The program’s unique competency-based curriculum was developed following a review of recent research that identifies the capacity building needs of the nonprofit sector and the related managerial competencies and leadership skills required to address them. In addition, program design was informed by an AULA survey of experienced nonprofit professionals, as well as by a review of job descriptions for executive directors and other senior positions in nonprofit organizations.
“If there ever was a time when nonprofit leadership could get by exclusively on a combination of good intentions and passionate commitment, that time is no more,” said AULA faculty member and veteran nonprofit consultant David Norgard. “More than ever, in addition to focusing on the impact they want to achieve, nonprofit executives and managers must have a deep, working understanding of how nonprofits sustain themselves as distinctively effective organizations.”