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M.S. in Philanthropy and Non-profit Management

M.S. in Philanthropy & Non-profit Management

Now Enrolling for Fall 2020!

The Philanthropy and Non-profit Management program is designed for in-service professionals who wish to enhance their management skills and aspire to advance to leadership positions in the non-profit sector.

The program offers graduate courses in leadership, non-profit management, program assessment, strategic planning, and other topics essential for effective management in the non-profit sector. By completing the master of science degree, students will enhance their analytical and critical thinking skills to improve their organizations and to achieve their professional goals.

  • 30 credit program can be completed in 12 months
  • Program begins three times annually with starts in August, January, and May
  • Sixteen week classes begin each semester
  • Hybrid program including ground and online courses
  • Ground courses meet on Saturdays to accommodate work-life schedules
  • Program is application oriented, providing students with practical skills
  • Courses are taught by faculty with non-profit experience

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

Total credits: 30

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

 

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 is an introduction to the nonprofit sector and its role in society, economy, and service delivery. The course surveys historical, legal, political, socio-cultural, ethical environments, and best practices and research literature in nonprofit management. Topics include managing and improving nonprofit organizations, resource development, funding for nonprofits, financial management, managing human resources and volunteers, information technology, marketing, performance measures, nonprofit leaders and boards, developing and managing relationships with the community, funders and media professionals.

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. Prerequisite: 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. 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 focuses on best practices and standards of nonprofit financial management. The course comprises appropriate techniques for ensuring probity, transparency and accountability as it relates to nonprofit financial responsibility. The course exposes students to the similarities and differences between budget, financing and accounting in nonprofits and local governments. Topics include budgeting, fund accounting, cash flow analysis, expenditure control, and financial planning and reporting, taxes and audits among others. 

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

In this course, students develop appropriate skills useful in individual non-profits as well as in foundations including annual campaigns, special activities and charitable events, 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. 

PUB 5419      Public Sector Human Resource Management   (3.00 cr.)

The political and institutional environment of public human resource management is examined. Emphasis is given to the challenges facing the public sector in attracting and developing human assets in an environment of conflicting goals, stakeholder obligations, and a highly aware electorate. Specific topics include the evolution of the modern public service, the functions of human resource management, employment discrimination, labor management relations, professionalism and ethics and how assessment centers evaluate potential applicants.

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 Public Policies and Programs   (3.00 cr.)

Students develop a working knowledge of public sector policy and program evaluation with an emphasis on the history of evaluation, the social indicators movement, the politics of program evaluation, goal identification, Wilson's Law, performance measurement, methods of analysis, who uses evaluations and the problem of partisanship.

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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