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Master of Nonprofit Management

The School of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University now offers a Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) program.

America's nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations comprise a significant sector of the United States economy. The sector includes approximately 2.2 million organizations with operating expenditures of $1.2 trillion, as of 2007. The sector has been growing at twice the annual GDP for the past ten years. There are 10.2 million paid employees in the nonprofit sector.

The Master of Nonprofit Management degree program was designed as a professional degree to meet the unique needs of the nonprofit sector. It is open to pre-service students, as well as managers and leaders in human services, fine and performing arts, cultural, educational, community development, religious, environmental and other nonprofit organizations. The curriculum recognizes the special concerns of nonprofit organizations in such areas as: management of volunteers and professionals; resource development and fundraising; governance by volunteer boards of trustees and directors; management of multiple sources and types of funding; unique legal and regulatory issues; special values of service, community and charity; and the entrepreneurial character of nonprofit leadership.



Admission to the program is open to students with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work. Applicants who fail to meet the above requirement may be considered for admission by exception. Applicants may submit a petition including Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and/or a 500-word writing sample, stating why obtaining the MNM is important to their career objectives.

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Program Description

The MNM degree requires successful completion of 33 semester credit hours. Of these, 21 semester credits are required in the Core Curriculum. The internship may be waived and an elective chosen for students based on experience. Electives are at the discretion of the student. All students are encouraged to choose electives that provide an Area of Concentration to enhance their MNM degree.

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The core courses include:

PAD 6142 - Management of Nonprofit Organizations
This is a multi-disciplinary course examining the historical, political, legal, ethical and societal environments in which nonprofit organizations operate. The course is a survey of some of the major contemporary public policy issues facing nonprofit organizations. The focus is on those nonprofit institutions that are considered to be public-serving, i.e., dedicated to serving the public at large as opposed to member-serving institutions.

PAD 6143 - Public Policy and Nonprofit Organizations
This course examines how public policy has affected and continues to affect the behavior of nonprofit organizations. It also looks at how nonprofits seek to influence the public policy process. This includes the role of volunteerism, civic action, community activism and advocacy.

PAD 6149 - Governance in Nonprofit Organizations
Every nonprofit organization has a board of directors. Unfortunately, few boards truly govern. This opens both them and their organization up to potentially costly consequences. Students will learn what governance entails legally, what the conventional roles and responsibilities of boards have been, and how governance is changing. While steeped in theory, the course is designed to provide practical techniques that can readily be applied by both professional and lay leadership. Strategic thinking, recruitment, accountability, utilizing technology and alternative board structures

PAD 6165 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Nonprofits
This course is designed to examine in detail the legal issues confronting nonprofit corporations. The emphasis of this course is a review of the laws pertaining to nonprofit organizations, focusing on structure, management, behavior and accountability. The course is designed from the perspective of the board of trustees and its fiduciary responsibilities established by law and by the ethical expectations of the society for Board members to act on behalf of the public interest.

PAD 6206 - Fundraising for Nonprofits
This course examines the history, principles, and practical application of resource development and capital campaigns; the ethical responsibilities of professional fundraising; and, the fundamental techniques of fundraising among individuals, corporations, foundations, and public donors.

PAD 6233 - Grantwriting for Nonprofits
Practical considerations in obtaining funds for delivery of services to client groups, covering local, national, foundation, corporate and state funding environments. Emphasis will be on social, human, and justice services. Coverage includes need analysis, program planning, budgeting, program evaluation, primary and secondary data, and other technical tools; and issues of politics, partnering, persuasion and presentation.

PAD 6260 - Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
The course is designed to expose students to the standards and practice of accounting for public and nonprofit organizations. The course includes use of fund accounting and other appropriate techniques to ensure proper execution of fiduciary responsibility. The students will learn the linkage between budget, financing and accounting in local governments and nonprofits, as well as establishing the utility of each. The course includes review and analysis of the technical aspects of accounting, posting journal entries and preparing various accounting reports.

Advanced Schedule (Fall 2014-Spring 2016)

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