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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

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Nonprofit Management Concentration

100% Online NASPAA-Accredited MPA Program

As an integral part of the Public Administration graduate degree, the Nonprofit Management concentration focuses on challenging students to explore pragmatic and ethical implications of contemporary approaches to nonprofit management and managing diverse organizations in an increasingly integrated global public sector.

The Masters in Nonprofit Management concentration focuses on addressing topics in Public Relations Management, Nonprofit Fundraising and Development, and Leadership and Management. The Nonprofit Management M.P.A. program allows students to critically examine shifts in the management of public programs and strategically assess their value.

New Nonprofit Management Concentration

The MPA in Nonprofit Management is available through Marist College’s 100% online curriculum. The online course structure is designed for professionals working in the non-profit sectors looking to earn their degree through a full- or part-time master’s degree program. Through virtual classrooms, students are provided with the fundamentals of public management including, policy analysis and evaluation, financial management, economics, fiscal policy, public policy, and administration as it pertains to the MPA focus.

Contact us to learn more about the Marist College MPA in Nonprofit Management concentration. The Marist MPA degree offers exciting educational experiences that prepare students to be able to apply directly for careers in government, private, and nonprofit sectors. 

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MPA Nonprofit Management Concentration Online Courses

As more programs are operated by nonprofit organizations, public managers must understand the “third sector.” This course provides an overview of the history, structure, and role of the nonprofit sector, including how nonprofit agencies differ from public and for-profit entities in mission, governance, funding, and staffing, and will consider current issues facing the nonprofit sector.

This course covers the fundamentals of effective resource development (i.e., fundraising) for nonprofit organizations. In this course we will examine the parameters within which nonprofit managers raise funds; the organizational, legal, and ethical contexts of fundraising for nonprofit organizations; the philosophy of philanthropy in the US and the various motivations for giving; and, practical guidelines for identifying potential donors, handling the “ask,” providing donor recognition, and utilizing your board effectively for fundraising purposes.

This course will give students a thorough understanding of public relations as a strategic management function. Students will explore various communication theories, trends/issues and practice areas with a special emphasis on the role of public relations in the integrated marketing communication process. In addition, they will gain real-life experience developing a comprehensive public relations plan that meets specific business and communication needs.

This course will provide students a historical and thematic overview of organizational communication theory and research. It will provide a systematic but critical basis on which to discuss communication in complex organizations and will analyze assumptions and pragmatic solutions associated with these theories. It will also enhance students’ research, analysis, writing, and presentation skills.