Master of Science in Nonprofit Management


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Course Overview

The Nonprofit Management master’s program equips professionals to excel in nonprofit management careers, whether in international or community nonprofits, foundations, institutions of higher education, healthcare, or the arts, or as fundraising and development experts who work throughout the sector. For students and professionals who wish to work with mission-based organizations providing some of the most fundamental and important services to our communities

The nonprofit sector has emerged as a powerful economic engine. The growth of the nonprofit sector requires new policy considerations and sophisticated advocacy strategies. Nonprofit professionals now must be conversant with and utilize new technologies, digital media and data analytics to further their organization’s mission. International perspectives are more important to this sector than ever, with private/public partnerships being deployed to help solve some of the most intractable problems across the globe.

The increasingly sophisticated nonprofit sector now demands its professionals to have management skills tailored to the unique needs of this mission-based sector. The M.S. in Nonprofit Management at Columbia is your portal to mastering cutting-edge applications of management skills to this particular sector, as well as exploring current issues in policy, law, digital strategies, and risk management. Download Course Catalog.

Program Structure:

Course Code First Semester Courses Credit
NPM 801 Communication Skills 5
NPM 802 Fundraising and Revenue Generation 5
NPM 803 Tax and Financial Management 5
NPM 804 Volunteer Administration 5
NPM 805 Governance and Leadership 5
NPM 806 Management and Organizational Theory 5
Course Code Second Semester Courses Credit
NPM 811 Research Methods 5
NPM 812 Advocacy and Public Policy 5
NPM 813 Critical Issues in the Nonprofit Sector 5
NPM 814 Social Entrepreneurship 5
NPM 815 Management Information System 5
NPM 816 Strategic Planning Practice 5
Course Code Third Semester Courses Credit
NPM 821 Sociological Issues and Nonprofits in Appalachia 5
NPM 822 International NGOs 5
NPM 823 Management Issues in Faith Based Organizations 5
NPM 824 Trends and Issues in Education 5
NPM 825 Leadership Development 5
NPM 826 Advanced Educational Psychology 5
Course Code Fourth Semester Courses Credit
NPM 831 Occupational and Transition Planning 4
NPM 832 Consultation and Collaboration 4
NPM 833 Strategic Communication Theories, Practices, and Ethics 4
NPM 834 Persuasion and Media Effects 4
NPM 835 Strategic Philanthropy 4
ENT 836 Entrepreneurship 5
NPM 837 Master Thesis 5


Career Opportunities

The nonprofit sector offers multiple employment options for Master’s degree graduates. Examples of job titles include: Assistant Director of Fundraising, Program Analyst, Program Director, Program Officer, Marketing/Research Associate, Director, Community Outreach Coordinator, Finance Director, Director of Information Systems and Director of Public Relations. It is possible to be hired as an Executive Director of a small organization.


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