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A New Option for Nonprofit Leaders


Hamline University School of Business has expanded the successful Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) program by offering a new online hybrid option. The new program is currently enrolling and classes will begin in January 2020.

“By offering nonprofit professionals the opportunity to access parts of the program online, we are expanding our reach and will be able to educate more leaders, which will increase capacity in this vital regional sector,” said MNM Program Director Jeannie Fox.

The curriculum for the Hamline MNM covers financial management, fundraising, and strategic planning and prepares students to lead. The traditional MNM program meets once a week on the Saint Paul campus. The new online hybrid program includes a weekend residency every eight weeks; however, the bulk of the classes will occur online.

The goal is to meet the needs of busy professionals with the online component while providing the networking benefits that the program is known for with the on-campus residencies.

“They come to the program seeking a graduate degree and advanced skills, but we’re seeing most of our students receive employment advancements while they're in the program, and it's because of the network that they build here,” said Fox.

Hamline’s MNM has been offered since 1997 and it is unique in that it is part of a cross-sector initiative, hosted by the School of Business, and sits alongside Hamline’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) degrees.

Milpha Thomas Blamo, Director of Talent and Organizational Culture at The Minneapolis Foundation, and Board Member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, found Hamline’s MNM program rewarding and useful in her career advancement.

“Hamline’s MNM program has been instrumental to my professional growth and leadership trajectory in the nonprofit sector,” said Blamo.

Hamline’s MNM is one of only 50 programs across the nation recognized for its excellence in nonprofit management education by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council.

For more information see the MNM program website.

Link to press release.

Written by staff