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Nonprofit Management and Leadership, M.S.

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Nonprofit Management and Leadership, M.S.
School/College: College of Letters and Science and Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business

Department Links: Degrees Conferred:
  • Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership
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The College of Letters and Science and the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business offer and present jointly the Master of Science (M.S.) in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. The program is designed to provide students with the essential theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to be successful in managing and leading nonprofit sector organizations.

Graduate Faculty

(Professors’ home departments appear in parentheses)

Professors
Ihrke, Douglas, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University (Public and Nonprofit Administration)
Lee, Mordecai, Ph.D., Syracuse University (Architecture and Urban Planning)
Martin, Larry, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Administrative Leadership)
Peracchio, Laura, Ph.D., Northwestern University (Business)
Ragins, Belle Rose, Ph.D., University of Tennessee (Business)

Associate Professors
Bohte, John, Ph.D., Texas A+M University (Political Science)
Bornstein, Erica, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine (Anthropology)
Freeman, Sarah, Ph.D., University of Michigan (Business)
Neely, Daniel, Ph.D., University of Houston (Business)
Padgett, Deborah, Ph.D., Washington University (Social Work)
Singh, Romila, Ph.D., Drexel University (Business)

Assistant Professors
Andersson, Fredrik, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City (Public and Nonprofit Administration)
Chikoto, Grace, Ph.D., Georgia State University & Georgia Institute of Technology (Public and Nonprofit Administration)
Linnea Laestadius, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (Public Health)

Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Admission
To be admitted to the M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership degree program, an applicant must meet Graduate School requirements.

During the admissions process, students will be asked to show evidence of having satisfactorily completed undergraduate or higher level foundation coursework in the principles of accounting and economics. Those students who are unable to show such evidence may be admitted with these academic deficiencies but will then meet with their respective academic advisors to identify and obtain approval for what they must do to remove these deficiencies.

The student is expected to satisfy deficiency requirements within three enrolled semesters. The deficiencies are monitored by the Graduate School and the individual graduate program unit. No course credits earned in making up deficiencies may be counted as program credits required for the degree.

Applicants must submit the following for review by the Graduate School and the Nonprofit Management Program Faculty Committee:
  1. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic ability and/or professional achievements.
  3. Scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  4. For those students whose native language is not English, minimum TOEFL score (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 550 PBT or 79 iBT or minimum IELTS score (International English Language Testing System) of 6.5.
  5. Each student’s academic preparation is evaluated at the time of application. A personal interview may be required.
Major Professor as Advisor
The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student’s studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. A student who is not assigned to an advisor at the time of admission should immediately contact the Program Director.

Credits and Courses
The M. S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership degree requires satisfactory completion of 39 credits of graduate-level coursework including 33 credit-hours of required or “constrained choice” courses and 12 credit-hours of elective courses as follows:

Required Courses (33 Credits)

Introductory Course (3 cr)
BUSMGMT 718 Concepts and Practice of Nonprofit Organizations
Core Courses (24 cr)
BUS ADM 766 Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
BUSMGMT 721 Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
BUSMGMT 724 Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations
NONPROF 705 Professionals and Volunteers in Nonprofit Organizations
NONPROF 725 Governance of Nonprofit Organizations
NONPROF 792 Decision-Making Methods for Nonprofit and Public Organizations
NONPROF 793 Law of Nonprofit Organizations
NONPROF 795 Introduction to Nonprofit Revenue Streams and Portfolios
One of the following three courses:
NONPROF 791 Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy
NONPROF 958 Seminar in Nonprofit Administration: The Nonprofit Economy
NONPROF 740 Executive Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations
Capstone Course (3 cr)
BusMgmt 730 Strategic Management and Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations
This course will serve as the integrative “capstone” requirement for the program and must be taken after completing all other required courses (or concurrently with the final required courses).

Elective Courses (6 Credits)

This is a pre-approved but not exhaustive list: Students may request alternative courses offered in other departments at UWM. Please send an email to HBI with a course description and/or syllabus, and stated reasons why the course being proposed is an appropriate fit for the student’s academic and career goals.
BUS ADM 441 Diversity in Organizations
BUS ADM 737 Managerial Decisions and Negotiations
BUSMGMT 706 Managing in a Dynamic Environment
BUSMGMT 707 Information Technology for Competitive Advantage
BUSMGMT 715 Leadership, Teambuilding, and Effective Management
NONPROF 750 Social Entrepreneurship in the Nonprofit Sector
NONPROF 765 International Nongovernmental Organizations
NONPROF 770 Leveraging Technology in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
NONPROF 785 Managing Change in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
NONPROF 921 Nonprofit Administrative Internship
PUB ADM 461 Organizational Theory and Practice
PUB ADM 769 Analyzing and Evaluating Public Policies and Programs
SOCIOL 920 Race and Ethnic Relations
URB STD 901 Seminar: Urban Social Structure
URB STD 841 Health Policy in Urban Society

Thesis
Not Required

Comprehensive Examination
Not Required

Time Limit
The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment.

Schedule of Classes

The Schedule of Classes is a list of classes offered by term.

Courses

Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

704 Seminar in Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Overview of structure, functions, and governance of nonprofit organizations. Comparison with government and for-profit organizations. Nonprof 704, Pol Sci 704, Sociol 704, & Urb Std 704 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.

705 Professionals and Volunteers in Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Seminar in techniques of management of professionals and volunteers in nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit 705 & Pol Sci 705 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.

725 Governance of Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Roles and responsibilities of governing boards and executive leaders. Critical review of alternative governance and executive leadership models. Counts as repeat of BusMgmt 725 and Pub Adm 958 w/same title. Prereq: grad st.

740 Executive Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Nonprofit administration course designed to prepare students for a career in leadership and executive rules in nonprofit organizations. Counts as a repeat of Pub Adm 958 w/same topic. Prereq: grad st.

750 Social Entrepreneurship in the Nonprofit Sector. 3 cr. G.
In-depth exploration and examination of the concept of social entrepreneurship and how it is being understood, applied and practiced in the nonprofit sector. Prereq: grad st.

765 International Nongovernmental Organizations. 3 cr. G.
International nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) and the roles they play in relief and development work in developing countries. Counts as a repeat of Pol Sci 958 & Pub Adm 958 w/same topc. Prereq: grad st.

770 Leveraging Technology in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors. 3 cr. G.
Application of information technology (IT) concepts and tools to challenges and opportunities in the public and nonprofit sectors. Counts as a repeat of Pub Adm 958 w/same topic. Prereq: grad st.

785 Managing Change in Public and Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Methods and techniques in the research and practice of organization development. Counts as repeat of Pol Sci 958 & Pub Adm 958 w/same topic. Prereq: grad st.

789 (Pol Sci 789) Theory and Role of Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Graduate-level introduction to nonprofit administration, including an examination of the role of the nonprofit sector in contemporary society. Prereq: grad st.

791 Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy. 3 cr. G.
Strategies and methods of nonprofit advocacy and their use by nonprofit organizations in shaping public policy. Implications of the public policy process for nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit 791 & Pol Sci 791 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st

792 Decision-Making for Nonprofit and Public Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Research methods including research design, measurement, and analysis. Qualitative and quantitative decision-making methods. Understanding and using basic statistical concepts and techniques in decision making. Nonprof 792 & Pub Adm 792(Pol Sci 792) are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st

793 Law of Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Legal concepts and issues relevant to the formations and operations of nonprofit organizations. Complying with applicable federal and state states and regulations. Nonprof 793 & Pol Sci 793 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st

795 Introduction to Nonprofit Revenue Streams and Portfolios. 3 cr. G.
Trends and issues surrounding nonprofit finance in an attempt to sketch a portrait of nonprofit finance theory. Counts as repeat of Pol Sci 958 & Pub Adm 958 w/ Financing Nonprofits topic. Prereq: grad st.

888 Candidate for Degree. 0 cr. G.
Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirement. Fee for 1 cr assessed. Prereq: grad st

921 Nonprofit Administrative Internship. 1-3 cr. G.
Combines supervised field placement in a nonprofit organization with class sessions and assignments designed to augment the work experience. Prereq: grad st; cons instr

958 Seminar in Nonprofit Administration: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Selected topics covering different aspects of nonprofit administration. Counts as repeat of Pub Adm 958 w/same topic. Retakable w/change in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.

999 Independent Study. 1-3 cr. G.
Independent study in a subject area of special need or interest after consultation with a faculty member. Prereq: grad st

Descriptions of required and elective courses offered at UWM as part of the M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership can be found under the respective curricular areas (see below).