Program Features

Gain a CNP Credential and a Masters Degree. 

If you choose, you can fulfill the requirements for Certified Nonprofit Professional certification while you are earning your MA degree in Nonprofit Management. The CNP is a national certification that AULA offers in partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA). By demonstrating that you have mastered the CNP competencies, you become a candidate for the certificate. You then attend an NLA conference, where you will participate in the nonprofit world at a national level. The joint degree certification option allows you to put both your master’s degree (MA) and your certificate (CNP) after your name on your business card and professional correspondence.

Gain Extensive Real-World Experience.

You engage in field-based activities throughout the six quarters (18 months) of the MA in Nonprofit Management degree program. You can serve as a volunteer or an intern or can use on-the-job engagements in a nonprofit organization. Each quarter you can decide to start a new activity or to continue with an existing engagement. Faculty and field supervisors support all field activities. For example, you can choose to focus your fieldwork at your current nonprofit organization, or take the opportunity to explore a new nonprofit as a volunteer or consultant.

Gain First Hand Insight Into Many NPOs.

The MA in Nonprofit Management degree curriculum is built upon the experiences and insight of many accomplished nonprofit professionals. You learn by meeting and hearing directly from managers and executives who are working in all types of organizations – large and small, emerging and established – from across the nonprofit sector. Visiting faculty and guest lecturers have transformed their personal experience and knowledge into accessible, practical information available only to AULA’s Nonprofit Management students.

In addition, some class sessions are held on site at nonprofit organizations where students can get an inside look at an organization and meet with its staff.

Engage in Project-Based Learning.

The Nonprofit Management curriculum does not have traditional courses. Instead, the program is organized into knowledge “clusters” that provide you with content-related resources, including readings, lectures, experiential exercises, and assignments that allow  you to focus deeply on core components  of the nonprofit organization. Each quarter is comprised of a series of inter-related clusters that guide you through the development of specific professional competencies.

Engage and Network with Nonprofit Professionals.

You complete six quarters of the program with a cohort of fellow students. This cohort group provides you with a natural community and support system. The cohort also is foundational to the development of your professional network. You can extend this network through contacts you make with program faculty and program guest professionals as well through contacts you make in field-based activities.

If you choose to become eligible for the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) certification through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, you gain an extended network of other CNP holders and participate in a national conference for nonprofit organizations and professionals.

Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management faculty David Norgard explains the unique structure of the program.