Nonprofit Management

Giving Back Through Nonprofit Management

Organizations and foundations dedicated to service or charity need keen leadership and expert management. While the fundamentals of good business practices are similar in the corporate and nonprofit world, their application can differ due to the diverse workplace cultures. In this specialization, you will learn the fundamental principles of nonprofit management by exploring the roles and responsibilities of the management team, their efforts to maximize fundraising opportunities and to maintain healthy budgets. Other areas you will cover in this specialization include revenue generation, legal foundations, recruitment, management of volunteers, and promotion and marketing. You will also examine contemporary topics such as diversity and ethics within the nonprofit setting. Graduates of this specialization will be prepared with the knowledge and skills to pursue leadership positions in various nonprofit organizations.

The NCU Difference

NCU's unique approach to graduate education is ideal for self-starters and independent thinkers who want a premier education with unprecedented flexibility. With NCU’s online learning model, there are weekly starts for every program or course. Our education approach was developed to meet the needs of your busy life and schedule. We use a unique one-to-one learning model that pairs one student with one doctoral professor for each course. With no teaching assistants, you learn directly from experts who provide personal feedback and professional insights. Northcentral University's School of Business and Technology Management has a results-oriented approach to online education, delivering rigorous doctoral, master's, bachelor's and graduate certificate programs* to help you develop the business acumen that companies seek. Throughout your academic journey, you will be mentored by professors who are experienced in your field of study. At NCU, you will never have to participate in group projects. You move forward on your pace, by setting your own studying schedule. In a class size of one, there’s no one to get in the way of your individual success. None of our programs have residency requirements, allowing flexible access to you no matter where you live. When you enroll in NCU to earn an advanced degree in business, you will become part of a community of professionals who are already making a difference around the world.

“I know some people who would like to earn their degree, but the opportunity is not there for them. After I finished my degree, I registered a nonprofit organization to find a way of getting internet to my home town in Nigeria. [I want to help] my people/my community [pursue] their degrees, and have the same opportunity that I do here in the United States.” - Funmi Bolonduro, PhD in Business Administration (2016)

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
MSOL 30 10 16 months View Course Catalog

Beyond the specialized courses designed to help you expand your abilities in your chosen field of study and profession; NCU offers the following benefits to students and alumni:

Unmatched Flexibility
Many online programs offer the ability to take courses without leaving your home, but few offer weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations. The option to turn in your assignments as early in the week as you want, provide you the ability to schedule school around your life, not the other way around.

100% Doctoral Faculty
Whether you are completing your bachelor's degree, pursuing your graduate degree, or on the path to earning your doctoral degree, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
Not only will you learn from a doctor in the field, but you won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor to get personalized mentoring.

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Program Learning Outcomes

  • Assess the current state of leadership practice within a given profession
  • Evaluate the components of leadership that contribute to the health of an organization
  • Apply best leadership practices within a given organization
  • Evaluate themselves as leaders

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

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