Program Requirements

All School of Professional Studies degrees require a total of 120 semester hours of credit, which can be fulfilled through a combination of North Park classes and transfer credits. Learn more about program requirements for all our majors.

Bachelor of Arts

Students seeking a bachelor of arts (BA) in nonprofit management will complete courses in several disciplines: nonprofit management (NPM), business administration (BADM), management information systems (ISIT), and organizational management and leadership (ORG). This program prepares students to lead with particular focus on the ethical, environmental, and organizational challenges facing nonprofits and their place in the market and society.

Nonprofit Management Major Requirements

  • 8 semester hours (sh) of professional studies core courses
  • 44 sh of general education courses (BA)
  • 28 sh of elective courses
  • 40 sh of major courses:
    • Nonprofit management core (12 sh) — NPM 4170, 4180, 4190, 4200
    • Business administration (8 sh) — BADM 3100, 4400
    • Management information systems (4 sh) — ISIT 3030
    • Organizational management and leadership (16 sh) — ORG 3034, 4074, 4094, 4120

Nonprofit Management Minor

This 20 semester hour (sh) minor will provide a foundational knowledge of the nonprofit management area and serves as a great compliment to any other SPS major. It requires:

  • Required core of 16 sh — NPM 4170, 4180, 4190, 4200, BADM 3100
  • 4 sh of elective coursework — Choose one course from ORG 3034, 4074, 4094, 4120


Click on the links below for course descriptions of all nonprofit management courses. For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

NPM 4170 – Elements of Nonprofit Management
The introductory course will give students an overview of America's nonprofit sector as it relates to both the for-profit business and government sectors. Emphasis will be on the history, purpose and theories of the sector, the legal and regulatory environment, efforts to improve ethics and accountability, the sector's economics and funding environment, trends in evaluation and outcome measurement, and general management problems and principles. The course will also discuss opportunities for personal growth and career advancement available in the sector and highlight skills and training needed to succeed.

NPM 4180 – Nonprofit Governance and Volunteer Management
This course is designed to improve students' understanding of the elements, processes and dynamics of board governance and volunteer management of nonprofit organizations. The course includes analysis of the respective roles of the board, chief executive, staff and volunteers to maximize organizational effectiveness. Students will learn how to assess and improve the effectiveness of a board, the senior leadership, volunteers and the overall governance of the non-profit organization.

NPM 4190 – Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations
This course addresses the financial management of nonprofit organizations. This includes both financial reporting and managerial finance. Topics include 1) Financial Accounting principles and practices; 2) Managerial accounting methodology; 3) Compliance, and 4) Measuring and managing program performance. The course examines current trends in nonprofit financial management and integrates financial management with recent federal legislation.

NPM 4200 – Building Public and Financial Support for Nonprofit Organizations
Addresses the four main processes that nonprofits use to interact with internal and external audiences for the purpose of building public and financial support for their missions: 1) Marketing; 2) Fundraising; 3) Social Enterprise; and 4) Advocacy/Government Relations. Current trends and best practices in nonprofit marketing and fundraising. Provides an overview of current approaches to earned-income generation, along with the potential and pitfalls of these methods. Identifies and addresses ethical issues related to fundraising, marketing, earned-income, and lobbying.