Degree Requirements

Credits and Courses

The MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership degree requires satisfactory completion of 39 credits of graduate-level course work including 33 credit-hours of required courses and 6 credit-hours of elective courses as noted below.

[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 or statistics. 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.]

Total Degree Credits Required (39 credits)

Required Course (3 credits)
Bus Mgmt 718 – Concepts and Practice of Nonprofit Organizations, 3 credits

Core Courses (24 credits)
Bus Adm 766 – Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations, 3 credits
BusMgmt 721 – Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations, 3 credits
BusMgmt 724 – Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations, 3 credits
NonProf 705 – Professionals and Volunteers in Nonprofit Organizations, 3 credits
NonProf 725 – Governance of Nonprofit Organizations, 3 credits
NonProf 792 – Decision-Making Methods for Nonprofit and Public Organizations, 3 credits
NonProf 793 – Law of Nonprofit Organizations, 3 credits
NonProf 795 – Introduction to Nonprofit Revenue Streams and Portfolios, 3 credits

One of the following three courses (3 credits)
NonProf 740 – Executive Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations, 3 credits
NonProf 791 – Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy, 3 credits
NonProf 958 – Seminar in Nonprofit Administration: The Nonprofit Economy, 3 credits

Capstone Course (3 credits)
BusMgmt 730 – Strategic Management and Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations, 3 credits
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 731 – Diversity in Organizations, 3 credits
Bus Adm 737 – Managerial Decisions and Negotiations, 3 credits
BusMgmt 706 – Managing in a Dynamic Environment, 3 credits
BusMgmt 707 – Information Technology for Competitive Advantage, 3 credits
BusMgmt 715 – Leadership, Teambuilding, and Effective Management, 3 credits
NonProf 750 – Social Entrepreneurship in the Nonprofit Sector, 3 credits
NonProf 765 – International Nongovernmental Organizations, 3 credits
NonProf 770 – Leveraging Technology in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors, 3 credits
NonProf 785 – Managing Change in Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 3 credits
NonProf 921 – Nonprofit Administrative Internship, 3 credits
Pub Adm 461 – Organizational Theory and Practice, 3 credits
Pub Adm 769 – Analyzing and Evaluating Public Policies and Programs, 3 credits
Sociol 920 – Race and Ethnic Relations, 3 credits
Urb Std 841 – Health Policy in Urban Society, 3 credits
Urb Std 901 – Seminar: Urban Social Structure, 3 credits


Not Required

Comprehensive Examination

Not Required

Time Limit

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

Graduate Grievance Procedures

Federal law and UWM policy require programs and departments to have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. These pages serve as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals.