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Program Requirements

Students who complete the major requirements for a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) in nonprofit management will be prepared to work in the nonprofit sector as leaders and managers.

Major Requirements (BA)

Course descriptions for all NONP courses are available at the bottom of this page.

Prerequisites and supporting courses (14 semester hours):

  • Public Speaking (COMM 1910) and Intercultural Communication (COMM 2350)
  • Business and Professional Ethics (PHIL 2530)
  • Introductory Statistics (STAT 1490)

40 semester hours (sh) of major courses:

  • Required business and economics courses (14 sh) — BSE 2110, 2211, 2540, 2610, 3520
  • Required nonprofit management courses (22 sh) — NONP 2710, 3300, 3600, 3710, 3750, 4700
  • Required sociology course (4 sh) — SOC 1910

Major Requirements (BS)

Course descriptions for all NONP courses are available at the bottom of this page.

Prerequisites and supporting courses (14 semester hours):

  • Public Speaking (COMM 1910) and Intercultural Communication (COMM 2350)
  • Business and Professional Ethics (PHIL 2530)
  • Introductory Statistics (STAT 1490)

52 semester hours (sh) of major courses:

  • Required business and economics courses (20 sh) — BSE 2110, 2211, 2520, 2540, 2610, 3520
  • Required nonprofit management courses (26 sh) — NONP 2710, 3300, 3600, 3710, 3750, 4700, 4970
  • Required sociology courses (8 sh) — SOC 1910; 2100 or 3310
  • Required graduate level nonprofit course (2 sh) — SBNM 5730 (3.0 GPA and senior status to register for this course)

Notes:

  • Students must participate in the Nonprofit Leadership Club for at least two semesters and attend one Alliance Management Institute.
  • For the BS degree, students are required to complete a 300 hour internship for 4 sh (NONP 4970). This is equivalent to 10 hours/week for 2 semesters, 20 hours/week for 1 semester, 25-30 hours/week for 1 summer, or some combination of these options. Students seeking a BA are strongly encouraged to also complete a for-credit internship.
  • Students completing this major will complete the requirements for the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate and Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential.

Minor Requirements

24 semester hours (sh)

  • Require courses: BSE 2110, 2211, 2610; NONP 2710, 3330, 3600, 3710

Course Descriptions

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.

NONP 2710 – Introduction to Nonprofit Management and Leadership
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 fo 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. Cross-listed with NPM 4170.

NONP 3300 – Nonprofit Financial Management 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. Cross-listed with NPM 4190.

NONP 3600 – Advanced Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising
Addresses the main processes that nonprofits use to interact with internal and external audiences for the purpose of building public and financial support for their missions. Current trends and best practices in nonprofit marketing and fundraising. Indentifies and addresses ethical issues related to fundraising and marketing. Cross-listed with NPM 4200.

NONP 3710 – 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. Cross-listed with NPM 4180.

NONP 3750 – Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business Models
The course examines the history and practice of the groundbreaking field of social entrepreneurship, and how a new brand of entrepreneurs are using market-focused, innovative approaches to address the world's most pressing social and environmental issues. Within the context of sustainable business models for nonprofit organizations, a wide range of earned-income and other social enterprise strategies will be discussed. Prerequisite: NONP 2710.

NONP 3920 – Advanced Topics in Nonprofit Mgmt.
This is a topics course allowing the School of Business to grant undergraduate credit for selected graduate courses taken through SBNM.

NONP 4700 – Advanced Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of the management and leadership of nonprofit organizations. Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of the most essential leadership skills and attributes, as well as management functions exercised in nonprofit organizations. Students will participate in application experiences, individual and group projects, and organization assessments. Prerequisite: NONP 2710, 3300, 3600, 3710.

NONP 4910 – Independent Study in Nonprofit Managment Economics

NONP 4970 – Internship in Nonprofit Management
The Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience and to explore career options in their chosen field. The student earns four semester hours for their internship. The internship program is open to any North Park student who has completed at least one full year of study at North Park, has third- or fourth-year status and has a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their major. In addition, the student must apply and be accepted by a faculty sponsor and the Internship Committee. The faculty sponsor will monitor the student's progress throughout the internship, including meeting periodically with the student and maintaining contact with the site supervisor. During the course of the internship, interns must fulfill certain requirements. Interns will keep a daily journal of their activities throughout the internship. The faculty sponsor and the site supervisor may, at their discretion, assign certain reading materials to the intern. In addition, the faculty sponsor may assign a final paper. Finally, the intern must work for a minimum of 300 hours at an eligible nonprofit organization. Tuition is charged at the same rate as for other courses, based on the number of semester hours the student is requesting. Grading for all internships is Pass/Fail.

Program requirements