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Nonprofit Management

Why Study Nonprofit Management?

Designed to prepare leaders for the nonprofit sector, the major provides strong preparation and skills in all essential functions of nonprofit management. You’ll learn to manage resources and contribute to organizational change; develop a strategic focus for solving complex organizational challenges; analyze nonprofit financial statements and develop budgets; and maximize volunteer, fundraising, and board governance effectiveness. Advance your career and increase your earning potential with a degree in nonprofit management.

Requirements

40 hours of major coursework
44 general education hours
28 hours of elective courses
8 hours of professional studies core courses
Full program requirements

Faculty Spotlight: Trevor James

“I firmly believe in the mission and vision of North Park and the School of Professional Studies. We truly care about our students, and we celebrate in their accomplishments and help them in their struggles,” says Dr. James. “I try not to just teach the material but make it applicable for students. That way they are able to use what they learned in the classroom the next day at work or in their daily lives,” he adds.

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Credit for Life Experience

In the School of Professional Studies, you may earn academic credit for life experience through the Prior Learning Assessment process. Credit may be earned for demonstrated learning from informal life experience, professional church or organizational management training, ministry licensure, certification, or any other source.

Transferring

Prior Learning Assessment

Alumni Spotlight

Violet Ricker C’10 earned her nonprofit management degree through a combination of online and in-person classes. Today, she is executive director of a nonprofit organization that works for community development. Because of the degree program, Ricker says, “I understand the connectedness of volunteer development, fundraising, communication, and community outreach.”

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Careers in Nonprofit Management

Graduates have a broad range of career opportunities in nonprofit and business management, human resources, social work, and more. Many students also continue on to graduate programs, including North Park’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management.

Graduate Programs

Career Development

Location Options

A degree in nonprofit management can be earned through classes offered at the Chicago and Grayslake campuses, a combination of online and in-person classes, or exclusively online.

Campus Locations

Online Opions

Program Flexibility

Flexibility is built right into the School of Professional Studies. New classes start every two months, with seven-week accelerated courses that meet just once a week at one of our two campus locations–evenings or Saturdays–or online.

By taking at least six courses a year, most students finish their degree in 2.5 years or less, depending on transfer credit (students can transfer as many as 90 hours).

Explore the courses and requirements for the nonprofit management major.

Courses and Requirements