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M.S. in Philanthropy and Non-profit Management Religious Organization Management Track

M.S. in Philanthropy & Non-profit Management Religious Organization Management Track

Now Enrolling for Fall 2020!

The Religious Organization Management track of the M.S. in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management program is designed for faith-based professionals and non-profit career aspirants ready to tackle the congregation leadership challenges peculiar to places of worship.

The 3-course series of electives can be used as a substitute for public sector electives as a path for completing an M.S. in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management as well as a future 6-course Certificate in Religious Organization Management. The initial course offerings provide a contemporary perspective of digital marketing, entrepreneurial growth and community-centric leadership strategies facing today’s religious organization leaders.

Religious Organization Management

  • 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
ROM 5301 Digital Marketing for Religious Organizations
ROM 5302 The Business of a Community-Centric Religious Organization
ROM 5303 Entrepreneurial Strategies for Religious Organizations

 

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.

ROM 5301    Digital Marketing for Religious Organizations   (3.00 cr.)

This course is intended to bring today’s religious organization leaders up to speed on the latest in digital marketing used for congregation messaging, fellowship, and outreach. Starting with a social media marketing plan tailored to religious organization settings, the program is intended to acquaint entrepreneurial leaders with the latest in social networking, digital asset adoption and content development strategies. This course will help students adopt strategies for integrating all digital components around a religious organization vision or themed series. Find out how to build communities using social networking groups, chats and live casting. Learn how world class religious organization leaders expand their congregation reach with inspirational videos and engaging social media posts.

ROM 5302    The Business of a Community-Centric Religious Organization   (3.00 cr.)

In this course, current and aspiring leaders of religious organizations will learn how to pursue the full potential of a congregation and serving communities from a business perspective. It is here that most religious leaders reluctantly spend the bulk of their time instead of inspiring and helping their congregation. The course will help religious organization leaders to critically evaluate the best ways to nurture congregations while staying true to their mission and business objectives. Emphasis will be placed on organization dynamics including optimizing congregation systems for administrative efficiency as well as community fellowship. Participants will learn of best practices in adopting religious organization management software used to automate daily operations and online donation support while promoting an engaging community that shares the passion and vision of the religious organization. Finally, learn how faith-based ministries can provide real value to their communities through local government partnering.

ROM 5303    Entrepreneurial Strategies for Religious Organizations   (3.00 cr.)

In this course, aspiring religious organization leaders will learn how to pursue the full ministerial potential of their serving communities by examining innovations shaping contemporary religious organizations. Designed especially for those currently in or considering future roles as executive directors or ministry leaders, this course will demonstrate how religious entrepreneurial leaders think as missionaries while understanding the cultural context in their serving communities. Find out how these leaders attract new congregation members by building critical mass for well-leveraged facility expansions and creating marketing strategies where social media is seen as a mission field rather than a promotional channel. Learn how to maximize touch points for expanding your local community reach and building relationships in a culture where trust in institutions is severely damaged. Find out how music/arts, social and community outreach and adult-oriented programs have led to the success of thriving religious organizations. Finally, the course will demonstrate successful techniques for embracing local communities through public relations campaigns and ministries tailored to the demographic mix of the serving population.

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