Specialized Master's Programs

Core Courses

Required core courses:

Accounting for the NFP, MNA 60310
3 credits
Accounting principles and practices are presented as they apply to not-for-profit organizations. The course objective is to provide a working knowledge of basic accounting concepts, standard accounting reports, generation and use of accounting information, and other subjects with particular relevance to the not-for-profit sector.

Board Relations & Management, MNA 60510
1.5 credits
This course focuses on the development, composition, roles and responsibilities of NFP Boards. The partnership between the organizational executive and board in identifying and addressing management and development challenges is explored through case studies and class discussion. Students will discuss problems in board management and formulate action plans to resolve those problems.

Decision Analysis & Statistics, MNA 70310
3 credits
The focus of this course is on developing students' capacity to analyze and design operating processes by using information technologies to analyze data. Projects are designed to teach students how to interpret and weigh data, as well as how to use mathematical/computer models as tools for effective decision making and refinement of functional and strategic processes.

Economics of NFP Enterprises, MNA 70110
3 credits
This course is concerned with the application of microeconomic principles to the managerial decision-making process with extensive applications to the not-for-profit sector. The course will analyze the demand for services; the cost to the agency of providing those the external markets within which those services are provided services; and the internal organizational architecture of the agency providing the services. Some key concepts to be discussed under these major topic headings are demand elasticity, incremental cost, the competitive assumption of perfect information, price discrimination, barriers to entry and assignment of decision rights.

Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations, MNA 70410
1.5 credits
This course examines a range of ethical issues and value dilemmas facing the not-for-profit manager and the not-for-profit organization. Emphasis is given to the formulation and implementation of organizational social policy, the development of sensitivity to moral and economic values within situations, and the ability to examine complex ethical situations and reach decisions for action. The role of the not-for-profit manager as both a professional and ethical leader is explored through case studies which examine ethical issues in contemporary nonprofit organizations.

Field Project, MNA 75110
3 credits
This is the capstone experience for students in the Master of Nonprofit Administration program. It is assumed that students have a fundamental knowledge of the nonprofit sector including nonprofit theory and principles. The course will focus on the development of an agreed upon project that supports the sector and that develops a new skill set for the student based on classroom activity and nonprofit research. It is designed to enhance leadership development and nonprofit practice. The class is nontraditional in the sense that students direct and have control over learning and structure.

Financial Management, MNA 70210
3 credits
This course will benefit those in management in not-for-profit financial issues. Topics covered include accountability and stewardship, the finance function in a mission driven organization, fiscal operations and functions, external constituencies, reporting and compliance, operating budgets, program planning, strategic management, and internal financial reporting.

Fund Development, MNA 70764
3 credits
This course will explore a variety of fundraising methods and theories. By utilizing case studies, completing relevant projects and engaging in group discussion, students will learn how to apply fundraising strategies within the nonprofit sector. This course will also study the role of board, staff and volunteers in developing effective fundraising strategies. Students will expand their understanding of fundraising operations and reflect on current philanthropic issues confronting nonprofit organizations.

Human Resource Management, MNA 60210
3 credits
Proceeding from a discussion of various theories of managing people in organizations, this course enhances management skills and the understanding of how different strategies are most effectively employed in not-for-profit organizations. Management of both professional staff and volunteers are emphasized, as are the skills needed to work effectively with trustees and boards.

Legal Environment, MNA 66110
3 credits
The course provides the basic concepts of the laws and regulations governing not-for-profit organizations. Specific topics include an introduction to the origins of law, legal reasoning, the judicial process, torts, contracts, and employment law. Ethical considerations for NFP organizations when making law related decisions are addressed throughout the course.

Management Communication, MNA 60110
1.5 credits
This course focuses on the communications role and responsibilities of not-for-profit managers with external constituents as well as boards of directors. Starting with the fundamentals of writing and speaking, this course emphasizes the development of the ability to advocate persuasively as part of an overall marketing strategy.

Marketing for Nonprofits, MNA 60410 NFP
3 credits
This course discusses the marketing needs and approaches particular to not-for-profit organizations as they seek to build recognition for the value of the services they provide. Course focuses include development of the skills needed to create, implement and refine effective not-for-profit marketing programs. Coursework emphasizes skills and techniques used to develop innovative marketing plans that promote interest in the products, services and people which comprise not-for-profit organizations.

Nonprofit Management; Leading with Social Impact, MNA 70740
1.5 credits
This course will challenge students to consider a paradigm shift in traditional program centric thinking for the nonprofit entity in favor of a mission centric approach that is focused on social impact, outcomes and the metrics that measure success. Students will consider emerging trends in an era of shrinking government and foundation funding, study how nonprofits have begun to embrace new models for connecting mission with impact, learn how to use a theory of change and logic model as practical tools for reimagining program design, and understand key leadership challenges in leading a successful change effort

Planning & Policy, MNA 70610
3 credits
(Capstone course to be taken after all other core courses). The course is designed to integrate the knowledge, skills and techniques obtained from previous courses. Emphasis will be placed on the formulation of a not-for-profit organizational strategy through the development of a mission statement, strategic objectives and plans for implementation of the strategy.

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