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M.S. in Philanthropy and Non-profit Management

M.S. in Philanthropy & Non-profit Management

The non-profit sector demands dedicated, adaptive, and proficient leaders. NSU’s Master of Science in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management (MSPNP) program provides the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills required to succeed in the non-profit and fundraising sectors. The program knits a close relationship between students, public service, and philanthropic practitioners to develop relevant curriculum that addresses real-world problems.

Each course is skill-based and focuses on best practices in philanthropy and non-profit management. Take advantage of the experiential learning opportunities that allow you to apply tools and techniques for evaluating and tackling the various financial and management issues challenging the non-profit organizations in your community.

Learn alongside fellow changemakers while broadening your horizons, bolstering your network, and enhancing your analytical and critical thinking skills to the ultimate benefit of the people you serve and lead.

  • 30 credit hours
  • Complete in 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time)
  • Start in January or August
  • Classes offered on Saturdays at the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus and through online formats
  • Curriculum designed with non-profit experts
  • Tuition discounts available for approved non-profit employment and GPA criteria

For more information about the program, please contact:

The Office of Graduate Admissions
(954)262-5067
1-800-672-7223 ext. 25067
hcbeinfo@nova.edu

The Master of Science in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management (M.S.P.N.P.) thirty credit (30) hour curriculum is offered in a lock-step, executive format, designed to accommodate full-time working professionals. Classes meet face-to-face and synchronously online from 8:00am-12:00pm (Mornings) and 12:30pm-4:30pm (Afternoons). Courses that are scheduled 100% online are offered in an asynchronous format.

Total credits: 30

Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management Courses
PNP 5901 Introduction to Non-Profit Management
REE 5867 Geographic Information Systems
PNP 5419 Non-Profit Human Resource Management
PNP 5906 Major Gifts, Planned Giving, and Building Endowments
PUB 5927 Evaluation of Non-Profit Policies and Programs
PNP 5903 Comparative and Cross-cultural Perspectives for Non-Profits
PNP 5905 Financial Management and Sustainability for Non-profit Organizations  
PNP 5904 Non-Profit Governance
PNP 5902 Grant Development in the Public & Non-Profit Sector
PUB 5438 Public and Non-Profit Strategic Management

 

Current students: Please consult your Academic Advisor for program requirements or access SharkLink for your CAPP report. Program requirements are subject to change, and your Academic Advisor or CAPP report can provide you with the courses required for your catalog term.

Full-Time professionals are available to discuss the M.S. in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.672.7223 Ext. 25067 or contact our Enrollment Services Staff.

Course Descriptions

PNP 5901     Introduction to Non-Profit Management   (3.00 cr.)

This course provides students with an active and experiential learning environment with a hands-on approach to identifying management issues faced by executives and program staff of nonprofit organizations and establishes the foundation for subsequent courses in the major. Emphasis is placed on conducting market research of nonprofit organizations, developing program budgets, developing key performance indicators, identifying human resources needs, improving nonprofit organizations, and specifying funding needs.

PNP 5902     Grant Development in the Public & Non-Profit Sector   (3.00 cr.)

The content of this course provides the knowledge and skills to write grant proposals by sourcing and selecting appropriate grant resources for public and non-profits organizations. In addition to sourcing grants, the content includes how to manage grants and build relationships with grantors to achieve maximum long-term value.

PNP 5903     Comparative and Cross-cultural Perspectives for Non-Profits   (3.00 cr.)

At the heart of this course is collaboration. Partnerships between private firms as well as other nongovernmental actors may work with nonprofit organizations to achieve public service delivery but it is fraught with choices and challenges. This course provides insight into cross-sector collaborations at the global, federal, state and local levels. Students gain tools to assess the tradeoffs and use option-choices to improve service delivery. The case studies provide specific examples and a framework for managing the participants while insuring accountability and ethical behavior that are in the public interest. Examples are provided for choosing, designing, governing and evaluating networks, partnerships and independent providers of public services considering democratic accountability.

PNP 5904     Non-Profit Governance   (3.00 cr.)

The course covers ideas and approaches related to nonprofit law, essential responsibilities of nonprofit boards, governance and mission. The course examines theories of governance and executive leadership, legislative and regulatory concerns. Topics include trustee issues, board-management relations, advocacy, lobbying, nonprofit liability, strategic thinking, alternative board structures, contemporary roles and responsibilities of engagement in different settings, and cross cultural comparison of nonprofit boards. It provides an introduction to philanthropy and a grant-makers guide to evaluation and selection of social investments. The course prepares students to assume the role of innovators and problem solvers in identifying needs in various communities and release their ingenuity to establish, manage and sustain organizations to best address needs for societal benefits.

PNP 5905     Financial Management and Sustainability for Nonprofit Organizations   (3.00 cr.)

This course provides students with an active and experiential learning environment with a hand-on approach to analyzing the fiscal structure, fiscal health, and financial sustainability of the nonprofit organizations. Emphasis is placed on analyzing audited financial statements, applying key fiscal performance indicators, assessing fiscal performance, conducting cash flow analysis, and conducting revenue structure  and diversity analyses.

PNP 5906     Major Gifts, Planned Giving, and Building Endowments   (3.00 cr.)

In this course, students develop fundraising and strategic planning skills useful in non-profit organizations and foundations. Fundraising activities and strategies include annual campaigns, special events, and charitable efforts, gifts from major donors, and programs of planned giving. The concepts of capital campaigns, development offices, and endowment creation and management are included. Real-life examples, class projects, and proposal writing exercises contribute to the development of fundraising skills and abilities.

PNP 5419      Non-Profit Human Resource Management   (3.00 cr.)

This course provides students with an active and experiential learning environment with a hands-on approach to human resources management in the nonprofit sector. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the human resources needs of nonprofit organizations, assessing talent management efficiency and effective by applying key human resources performance indicators, developing human resources compensation models, and forecasting long-term financial requirements resulting from fluctuations in human capital.

PUB 5438     Administrative Law and Ethics in the Public Sector   (3.00 cr.)

This course will examine the “big picture” of how public and non-profit organizations are led and managed through Strategic Management. We will look at how organizations plan, conduct self-assessment, collaborate, and set a path for the future for success. This is among the fundamentals of public and non-profit organizations and in line with current management trends. This This course will examine the “big picture” of how public and non-profit organizations are led and managed through Strategic Management. We will look at how organizations plan, conduct self-assessment, collaborate, and set a path for the future for success. This is among the fundamentals of public and non-profit organizations and in line with current management trends. This course explores both the “art” and “science” behind Strategic Management. The most significant portion is Strategic Planning, the engine upon which Strategic Management is run. In Strategic Planning, the organization sets is vision, mission, goals, and objectives, in order to set Strategic Management into motion. This course will show how all aspects of an organization; budget, resources, personnel, stakeholders, services provided, and others; come together to formulate a clear progression to the future.

PUB 5427     Evaluation of Non-Profit Policies and Programs   (3.00 cr.)

Students develop a working knowledge of non-profit program evaluation, including performance measurement, methods of analysis, and alignment with organizational mission and strategies. Students will identify and assess program goals, inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes for effectiveness.  Program budgets and impacts will be considered.

REE 5867     Geographic Information Systems   (3.00 cr.)

This course will cover the basics of GIS and how they apply to land use planning, real estate development and related issues/disciplines. This includes setup of GIS tasks and processes with mapping & visualization of demographic, economic, or real estate related information. It addresses the wide variety of issues and advantages associated with GIS and the benefits to the user. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of GIS aiming on desktop and web based solutions. Students are tested in a 100% applied environment and create their own GIS project (own idea, guided process, implementation, presentation) as final element in this course via ArcMap and/or with ArcGIS online/ Business Analyst Online.

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