Complete a master of nonprofit administration (MNA) degree for a comprehensive preparation for leadership and management within the nonprofit sector.
The MNA is a 36 semester-hour degree, requiring 13 core courses and five electives. Each graduate course is two semester hours. While you can complete the degree in just 21 months, the average time for this program is two-and-a-half years.
Elective courses for all graduate business and nonprofit degrees can be chosen from the wide range of courses available in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management. The core courses listed below cannot count as electives. You may be able to complete a graduate business or nonprofit certificate through your elective credit.
SBNM 5010 – Organizational Behavior and Ethics
SBNM 5011 – Ethical Leadership
This course examines the importance of ethical decision making and relates existing theory and research to an understanding and explanation of human behavior within organizations. The course covers basic concepts: foundations of individual behavior; perception and individual decision-making; values, attitudes, and job satisfaction; basic motivation concepts and application. Also studied are foundations of group behavior, understanding work teams, communication, leadership, power, and politics. Ethical dilemmas are studied within the context of the behavior of individuals and groups.
SBNM 5030 – Principles of Human Resources
This course will explore modern business leadership. The leader, followers, and the situation will be studied individually, as well as techniques of achieving congruence between these potentially diverse components. Opportunities will be provided for students to assess their individual leadership styles and the appropriateness of those styles given the other components of leadership in their situation. This course expands on basic concepts: foundations of organization structure; technology, work design, and stress; human resource policies and practices; organizational culture; and organizational change and development. Ethical and social responsibility issues are studied from the viewpoint of the organization as a whole.
SBNM 5350 – Nonprofit Financial Management
This course examines current theory and practice as it applies to the management of human resources within organizations. Contemporary human resource management issues pertaining to cultural diversity will be stressed throughout the course. Specific focus is given on the effects of organizational mission and culture on human resource management. The processes of recruitment and selection, training and development, performance evaluation, compensation and motivation, and legal influences are examined. The course takes the viewpoint of human resource management as a key responsibility of every manager within the organization.
SBNM 5351 – Nonprofit Financial Decision Making
This course provides both basic and advanced financial planning and management skills necessary in today's nonprofit organization. Successful financial planning and business development strategies will be combined to create a financial plan which achieves the goals of the organization. Included are basic principles of managerial accounting. Fund accounting, budgeting, cash flow analysis, expenditure control, long-range financial planning, audits, and grants and contracts are studied, as applied to nonprofit organizations.
SBNM 5680 – Nonprofit Marketing Analysis and Consumer Behavior
Basic principles of managerial accounting, fund accounting, budgeting, cash flow analysis, expenditure control, long-range financial planning, audits, and grants and contracts are studied, as applied to nonprofit institutions.
SBNM 5710 – Principles of Nonprofit Management
This course focuses on developing a working knowledge of marketing as it applies to nonprofit organizations. Emphasis will be placed on developing a customer orientation, marketing planning and organization, and developing and organizing resources.
SBNM 5720 – Nonprofit Board Governance and Volunteer Management
A foundation course examining the origins and societal role of private nonprofit organizations including their social, political, economic, cultural, and ideological importance in American society. Major types of nonprofit organizations are studied, as well as distinguishing organizational characteristics of third-sector institutions as contrasted with business and government organizations. The course will also provide an introduction to some of the special management issues of nonprofit organizations. Current trends in the independent sector and projections for the future are analyzed.
SBNM 5730 – Nonprofit Law, Policy, and Government Relations
This course is designed to improve understanding of the elements, processes, and dynamics of board governance and volunteer management in nonprofit organizations. Course includes analysis of the respective roles of the board, executive director, staff and volunteers in nonprofit organizations. Focus on means and methods to enable boards 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 organization.
SBNM 5770 – Fundraising Principles for Nonprofit Organizations
This course analyzes major aspects of federal and state law affecting nonprofit organizations and explores the dynamics of interdependence between nonprofit organizations, government, and the public policy process.
SBNM 5771 – Annual and Major Gift Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
This course will cover the fundamentals of effective resource development as they pertain to nonprofit organizations generally and to nonprofit management positions specifically. Principles and best practices of fundraising are studied, including the fundraising process (i.e., organizational readiness, strategic planning and research). The principles that undergird effective fundraising practices will also be reviewed, including the historical, organizational, legal, ethical, and theoretical contexts of fundraising.
SBNM 5780 – Measuring Outcomes and Assessment
This course takes an in-depth look at the techniques and processes by which financial resources are secured by nonprofit managers and fundraisers. Specific attention is given to fundraising programs (i.e., annual giving, planned giving, capital campaigns) and donor publics (individuals, corporations, and foundations).
SBNM 5790 – Nonprofit Strategic Management
This course examines the assessment of effectiveness against service delivery objectives. The course uses the logic model and other theoretical models to better understand the outcomes and assessment process. Case studies will highlight evaluation issues for improved organizational performance. Prerequisite: Any SBNM course. This may not be the first course in the SBNM academic program.
This course deals with the overall general management of nonprofit organizations. The primary objective of the course is the development of a perspective of the executive leader's job and responsibilities from a conceptual as well as operating standpoint. Within this context, elements to be studied include: governance structure and issues, establishing and reinforcing the nonprofit organization's mission and values, delineating an effective strategy, developing and using information flows to provide management control and performance and effectiveness evaluation, structuring the organization, and allocating human and financial resources. Ethical issues will be discussed throughout the course as pertaining to the nonprofit environment.