Master of Science in Nonprofit Management

Campus Locations Boston, Online, Seattle
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 45
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter (excl F1 visa applicants)
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes


Facing the threat of privatization and for-profit competition, nonprofit organizations are challenged to find leaders who not only possess keen business and managerial skills, but can also effect change at a community or social level. Being successful in this dynamic and rewarding field requires strong leadership, managerial, and interpersonal skills, as well as in-depth knowledge of fundraising, marketing, program development, and governance issues.

Integrating theoretical approaches with practical applications, the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management prepares you for a leadership position in a not-for-profit university, hospital, charity, foundation, or religious organization. Upon completion of this nonprofit degree, you emerge well equipped to embark on a career in nonprofit management—prepared [and inspired] to make a meaningful impact.

The mission of the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management at the College of Professional Studies is to offer courses which further develop the students’ knowledge, skills, talent, and abilities. Faculty in the program support students' developmental goals through action-oriented courses which link theoretical learning to practical application. Nonprofit management courses aim to prepare students to be mission-driven executive leaders, managers, employees, and board members in public and private nonprofit organizations.

Program Objectives

  • Explore leadership practices that contribute to organizational success
  • Understand legal and governance issues in nonprofit organizations
  • Hone your fundraising skills, including grant and proposal writing
  • Recognize important social, organizational, and cultural change agents
  • Discover traditional and nontraditional ways to promote nonprofits to supporters, the public, and the media
  • Analyze national and international trends, issues, and political shifts affecting the nonprofit marketplace

Career Outlook

Hiring in nonprofit organizations is on the upswing. In fact, according to Nonprofit HR Solutions’ 2015 Nonprofit Employment Trends Survey, the nonprofit sector ranks third in the U.S. in overall employment, with more than 10.7m employees.

The fastest growing jobs are in:

  • Direct services
  • Fundraising
  • Program management
  • Program support

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Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2017 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Required Courses (24 q.h.)

LDR 6100 Developing Your Leadership Capability 3 q.h.
NPM 6110 Legal and Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations 3 q.h.
NPM 6120 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations 3 q.h.
NPM 6125 Promoting Nonprofit Organizations 3 q.h.
NPM 6130 Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations 3 q.h.
NPM 6140 Grant and Report Writing 3 q.h.
NPM 6150 Human Resources Management in Nonprofit Organizations 3 q.h.
NPM 6980 Capstone 3 q.h.

Electives (6 q.h.)

Choose two of the following courses:

LDR 6110 Leading Teams 3 q.h.
LDR 6360 Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level 3 q.h. 
CMN 6080 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 6050 Crisis Communication 3 q.h.
COP 6940 Personal and Career Development: Leadership in Practice (enrollment into this course requires participation in the cooperative education program) 3 q.h.
INT 6943 Integrative Experiential Learning 3 q.h.

Concentrations (15-17 q.h.)

Choose a concentration below.

Global Studies Concentration

GST 6100 Globalization and Global Political and Economic Systems 4 q.h.
GST 6101 Global Literacy, Culture, and Communication 4 q.h.
GST 6320 Peace and Conflict 4 q.h.

Choose one of the following courses:

GST 6501 Regional Studies: East Asia 4 q.h.
GST 6502 Regional Studies: Middle East 4 q.h.
GST 6503 Regional Studies: Sub-Saharan Africa 4 q.h.
GST 6504 Regional Studies: Europe  4 q.h. 
GST 6505  Regional Studies: Southwest and Central Asia  4 q.h. 
GST 6506  Regional Studies: Latin America  4 q.h. 

Human Services Concentration

HSV 6100 Theory and Practice of Human Services 3 q.h.
HSV 6110 Human Service Management and Development 3 q.h.
HSV 6630 Research and Evaluation in Human Services 3 q.h.
HSV 6160 Introduction to Employee Assistance Programs 3 q.h.
HSV 6640 Policy Issues in Human Services 3 q.h.

Leadership Concentration

LDR 6110 Leading Teams 3 q.h.
LDR 6120 Organizational Leadership 3 q.h.
LDR 6150 Transforming Organizations 3 q.h.
LDR 6135 Ethical Leadership 3 q.h.
LDR 6140 Strategic Leadership 3 q.h.

Organizational Communication Concentration

CMN 6000/
INT 6000
Introduction to Organizational Communication/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
CMN 6020 Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 6050 Crisis Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 6090 Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 6110 Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management 3 q.h.


Project Management Concentration

PJM 5900 Foundations of Project Management* 4 q.h.
PJM 6000 Project Management Practices 3 q.h.
PJM 6025 Project Scheduling and Cost Planning 3 q.h.
PJM 6015 Risk Management 3 q.h.

 Choose two** of the following courses:

PJM 6125 Project Evaluation and Assessment 3 q.h.
PJM 6135 Project Quality Management 3 q.h.
PJM 6140 Managing Troubled Projects 3 q.h.
PJM 6710 Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management  3 q.h. 

*This course is required for students who do not have at least two years of professional experience working on projects. This course is only intended for those who are not familiar with professional project work. Students with two years or more of professional project experience should not take this course.

**Students who take PJM 5900 are only required to take one course within this section.

Social Media and Online Communities Concentration (online only)

Choose five of the following courses:

CMN 6015 Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media 3 q.h.
CMN 6025 Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques 3 q.h.
CMN 6035 Legal, Policy, and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era 3 q.h.
CMN 6045 Leveraging New Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance 3 q.h.
CMN 6065 Implementation and Management of Social Media Channels and Online Communities 3 q.h.
DGM 6285 Interactive Marketing Fundamentals 4 q.h.
DGM 6290 Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation 4 q.h.


Sports and Social Change Concentration

LDR 6410 Leadership and Organization in Sport 3 q.h.
GST 6102 Global Corporate and Social Responsibility 4 q.h.
HSV 6120 Social Inequality, Social Change and Community Building 3 q.h.
LDR 6360 Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level 3 q.h.
LDR 6427 Gender and Diversity in Sport 3 q.h.


Required minimum credit hours: between 45-47 q.h. depending on the selected concentration

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $30,195.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This master's degree program is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a management or leadership position in the nonprofit sector. This sector spans charitable, educational, scientific, and religious/faith-based organizations, as well as private foundations such as grant-making entities, civic and social organizations, business leagues, veterans’ organizations, and political action committees.

While the program is open to individuals who are new to the nonprofit sector, it is best suited for those with at least three years of experience working in or volunteering for a nonprofit organization.

All Master of Science in Nonprofit Management applicants must hold an undergraduate degree.

Faculty Spotlight

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Rick J. Arrowood is an Academic Specialist/Full-time faculty member with Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. Arrowood’s primary area of focus is in the nonprofit management track, although he also teaches with Foundation Year, Global Pathways, and in a number of leadership programs. In addition, he has earned a reputation for creating highly interactive online learning opportunities through NUOnline by maximizing the learning experience for the student, often replicated by other faculty.

Before joining the full-time teaching faculty at the College of Professional Studies, Mr. Arrowood served two decades in high-level leadership roles in nonprofit organizations. In 2008, through a Governor’s Citation, Governor Deval L. Patrick recognized Arrowood’s contributions of service to the ALS nonprofit community. In addition, he is credited with envisioning the first-ever state-wide registry for people living with Lou Gehrig’s disease through a legislative mandate. Today, this registry remains fully funded and is being replicated nationwide.

In addition to his extensive nonprofit leadership, Rick J. Arrowood brings seven years of undergraduate and graduate teaching experience in adjunct capacities at area colleges and universities in the disciplines of nonprofit, business, human services, and professional studies. He began working with the College of Professional Studies as a senior lecturer in 2008 where he has taught legal governance and board issues, human resource management, financial management, fundraising and development, professional speaking, and business law. In the fall of 2010, Arrowood taught a graduate leadership course through the Global Leadership Program at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.

Mr. Arrowood received his Juris Doctor degree from the Massachusetts School of Law and a Bachelor of Human Resource Management from Palm Beach Atlantic College.

Learning Outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Interpret the major theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry and practice in nonprofit management, leadership, and capacity building, and illustrate their applications and relationships to allied fields of study.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Articulate and defend the significance and implications of the work in terms of challenges and trends in a social or global context.
  3. Applied and Collaborative Learning
    Identify and investigate current nonprofit gaps and needs related to capacity-building deficiencies, including assessment of approaches and recommendations applicable to organizations.
  4. Civic and Global Learning
    Propose a path to resolution of a problem in the field of study that is complicated by competing interests or by rival interests within a nation other than the U.S.
  5. Experiential Learning
    Synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within course work or beyond the classroom via experiential opportunities.

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