• Master in Nonprofit Management Courses

    Required Courses (44 credits)

    GPA 8002 Fundamentals of Nonprofit Management
    This course provides an overview of the historical development of the nonprofit sector, an introduction to emerging issues and leadership challenges for the sector, and a close look at management issues unique to the nonprofit sector. The class also examines the missions, operations, and challenges of nonprofit organizations.

    GPA 8010  Professional Ethics
    This course explores selected theories of ethics and fundamental principles of ethical management, with a focus on practical approaches to dealing with ethical dilemmas across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

    GPA 8020 Organizational Theory and Behavior
    This course examines the concepts, analytical tools, and personal skills relevant to the study of behavior in organizations. The course uses simulations, case studies, and discussion. It explores planned organizational change, the relationship between accomplishing tasks and fulfilling a mission, and other crucial topics in organizational life.

    GPA 8032 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
    This course introduces concepts and techniques in financial management applicable to nonprofit organizations. The focus is on nonprofit accounting, the interpretation and analysis of nonprofit financial statements, data and procedures for operational forecasts and budgets, financial responsibility, and the duties of nonprofit boards.

    GPA 8052  Human Resource Management for Nonprofit Organizations
    This course provides an overview of the human resources function, with emphasis on the unique issues facing nonprofit organizations. It examines challenges of recruitment, retention, compensation, and personnel policies. Special attention is given to the role of boards and other volunteers.

    GPA 8062 Law for Nonprofit Organizations
    This course examines the legal history and frameworks of nonprofit organizations. Emphasis is placed on the laws relating to the incorporation and tax-exempt status of nonprofit organizations. The course includes an examination of how nonprofit organizations influence legislation and rule-making processes. Students look at issues of accountability for nonprofit organizations and analyze the differences between profit and nonprofit organizations.

    GPA 8070 Research Methods
    This course enhances students' management skills for becoming better customers of qualitative and quantitative research studies in work and non-work environments; for supervising the planning and conducting of research; and for dissecting and evaluating studies and reports.

    GPA 8082 Volunteer Management
    This course focuses on the dynamics of volunteerism in nonprofit organizations and in the life of the community. The course will examine definitions, values, standards and what constitutes effective practice in the field of volunteer resources management today. Students will also consider challenges, opportunities and expectations for the future of the field. While the course is especially designed for current or future executives and managers of nonprofit organizations, it will also benefit others who plan to work with volunteers and those who want to develop their own vision for the field of volunteerism.

    GPA 8110 Governance and Planning in Nonprofit Organizations
    This course introduces the governance process in nonprofit organizations, including the composition, roles, and responsibilities of governing boards; the relationship between boards and staff; and the role of governing boards in planning. It examines strategies for analysis and intervention when governance structures are not serving organizational needs.

    GPA 8362 Fundraising for Nonprofits
    This course examines strategies for diversifying revenues and creating short and long-term development plans. This course helps students develop skills in conducting research, identifying resources for public and private grants, and writing proposals. It covers capital campaigns, earned income opportunities, membership development, individual donors, planned giving campaigns, and other fundraising initiatives.

    GPA 8492 Capstone Skill Development for Nonprofits
    This course provides MNM soon-to-be-graduating students with a rigorous classroom and practicum course that helps them demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have mastered in the program and test their critical thinking and skills abilities to manage and/or lead a nonprofit organization. Students will study and examine the critical or current issues of the nonprofit sector, complete an applied research project with a Twin Cities organization, and present the project including a final paper and presentation to a MNM Nonprofit Board of Review (a panel of nonprofit leaders selected) at the end of each semester.

    Elective Courses (4 credits)
    One elective course is required to complete the degree.  The elective course can be from the public or private sector courses that are offered through the Hamline School of Business.  Or a specific non-profit elective can be chosen.  Listed below are some of the past elective courses

    GPA 8100  Communications and Marketing for Nonprofits
    This course explores research and marketing techniques used by nonprofits.  The course examines the importance of long range strategic planning for nonprofit organizations’ market development.  The course involves students in exercises in brand development and management, audience targeting, development of key messages, and other components of effective communication.

    GPA 8360 Lobbying for Nonprofits
    This course provides the historical and theoretical context for nonprofit involvement in advocacy and lobbying; addresses organizational infrastructure needs in building capacity for public policy work; examines legal guidelines for nonprofit lobbying; and provides students with practical experience in working with the legislative process at the state or local level.

    GPA 8361  Fundamentals of Philanthropy
    This course examines the history, key issues, and emerging trends of philanthropy. The course identifies the unique issues and career opportunities in this discrete component of the nonprofit sector. This course is for students interested in the field of philanthropy and practitioners in the field who want to gain an understanding of the history and issues that frame the context for their work.