The MA in Nonprofit Management is a hybrid program. Students attend class on Thursday nights and the occasional Saturday, working online between class meetings.The program is 48 quarter units, completed over six consecutive quarters.

The Nonprofit Management program has a project-based curriculum. Each quarter is devoted to a single essential aspect of a nonprofit organization, which students explore in depth. In addition to lectures, readings, simulations, case studies, and practice exercises, students participate in a variety of field activities in nonprofit settings. Students improve their skills and deepen their understanding, learning while contributing to local nonprofit organizations.


Quarter 1 – Achieving the Mission and Having Impact: Program Design, Evaluation, and Management. Learn to design, implement, and evaluate mission-consistent programs. Prepare to be a program director.

Quarter 2 – Advancing the Cause: Resource Development, Marketing, and Constituent Relations. Learn to generate revenue through programming and all types of fund-development. Learn to communicate effectively with all key constituents. Prepare to be a vice president of development.

Quarter 3 – Managing for the Greatest Good: Administration, Budget and Finance, Human Resources, and Information Management. Learn to manage all aspects of operations including finances, human resources, volunteers, and programming. Prepare to be an executive director, CEO (chief executive officer), or COO (chief operating officer).

Quarter 4 – Stewardship of the Common Good: Governance. Learn to design and manage governance structures that support the organization’s mission and operations. Learn the fiduciary and legal responsibilities of the board and management. Prepare to be an executive director or trustee.

Quarter 5 – The Nonprofit System: Constituencies, Collaborators, Coalitions, and Communities. Develop strategic leadership for maximum effect in an organization and a community. Prepare to be a dynamic, forward-looking agent for positive change.

Quarter 6 - Leading Toward a Preferred Future: Organizational Evolution, Adaptive Leadership, and Strategic Direction. Formulate strategies for organizational sustainability. Develop leadership competence and learn to become an agent for positive change. Prepare to be a trustee, executive director or CEO.