Nonprofit Management & Leadership

The College of Letters & Science and the Lubar School of Business offers a Master of Science 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.

Courses address the full range of skills needed to serve nonprofit organizations effectively, including financial management, resource development, governance, organizational leadership, and program planning and accountability. Both students and instructors in the program include experienced professionals representing a full spectrum of nonprofit organizations.

Candidates for the MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership may be:

  • Nonprofit professionals seeking to advance their careers;
  • Other professionals preparing to transition into the nonprofit sector as part of a career change;
  • Graduate students seeking to add a nonprofit focus to their other graduate studies; or
  • Recent college graduates just beginning their nonprofit careers.

To accommodate working professionals, classes meet one night weekly during the fall or spring semesters or twice weekly during the summer. The Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership is a 39-credit program that may be completed in two years of full-time study or three years of part-time study. In addition to academic coursework, students may gain important experience in supervised fieldwork and applied research.

UWM’s Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership is currently one of only 12 similar programs worldwide to receive accreditation from the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).

Application Deadlines

  • Summer Semester – April 15
  • Fall Semester – August 1
  • Spring Semester – December 15