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Master of Arts in Non-Profit Management (MANPM)

Course Descriptions for MA Non-Profit Management

1. POLS 6310 Leadership in Non-Profit Organizations
This course is designed to identify and develop leadership skills that will help non-profit organizations prosper. The course will highlight the importance of teambuilding, integrity, creativity, and leadership change in leading a non-profit organization. The course will incorporate the use of social media, technology and data in decision making and communicating. Students will conduct three case studies of non-profit organizations with different levels of leadership

2. POLS 6311 Program Assessment and Evaluation

This highly experiential course takes an in-depth look at program assessment and evaluation in non-profit organizations. The course will teach assessment and evaluation strategies in a variety of organizational structures. The course will also provide basic statistical analysis and utilize statistical analysis to enhance the efficiency of the organizations. It will also include analysis of the value of assessment and evaluation in the non-profit sector and the areas in the non-profit sector where assessment and evaluation can enhance the efficiency and success of the organization.

3. POLS 6312 Resourcing the Non-Profit Organization

This course will introduce students to the principles of development and branding. Students will work in teams to prepare case statements, marketing plan and strategy, and a fundraising schedule for an actual or mock non-profit to generate revenue. The course will address the methods for successful funding of non-profit organizations.

4. POLS 6313 Governance, the Volunteer Board and Organizational Behavior

Students will understand the relationship between volunteer boards and the non-profit organization, its staff and its functions. The course will address relevant questions in board development. A distinction will be made between governance and management. Topics addressed will include the role of board members in developing and upholding bylaws, assisting in fundraising, serving on committees, accountability, and the interaction between staff and board members.

5. BUS 6331 Strategic Planning in Non-Profit Sector

This experiential course introduces students to strategic planning in non-profit sector. This will allow students to ascertain the importance of planning and decision making, the difference between types of planning; situational analysis and asset mapping; creation of mission, vision and core value statements; and the development and management of a complete strategic plan. Overall, the course will address the importance of strategic thinking, change management and leadership.

6. BUS 6332 Management of Non-Profit Organizations

This experiential course is designed to expose the students to comprehensive knowledge and skills for managing today’s non-profit organizations. It will review areas essential to effective leadership of today’s non-profit organization such as methods of developing, supervising, motivating, and recognizing volunteers and staff; communicating effectively within an organization; staff-volunteer relations; and stress, conflict, crisis management, and social responsibility. Managers in non-profit organizations face the challenge of working with both paid and unpaid stakeholders in the organization's future. It will also explore HRM topics such as legal employment issues, recruiting and hiring practices, diversity in the workplace, compensation and benefits, performance appraisal, and discipline.

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7. BUS 6333 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

The field of negotiation and conflict resolution has developed from diverse fields of knowledge such as psychology, law, and organizational behavior. This experiential course covers the concepts involved in the process of negotiations and conflict resolution. Negotiation strategies and techniques, methods of communication and persuasion, and formation of a negotiation plan are covered in this class. The course also includes practical exercises and mock negotiation situations.

8. BUS 6336 or BUS 6314 Budgeting and Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations

This experiential course develops a comprehensive analysis of accounting for non-profit organizations. Students will prepare, interpret and use financial statements that comply with accepted principles of accounting. Topics will include financial measuring and reporting assets, and revenue recognition.

9. ENG 6325 Grant Writing for Non-Profit Management

Practice in writing and editing a series of proposals of varying scope and complexity. The course will cover identifying funding sources; grant proposal evaluation; writing need statements, letters of intent, outlines, goals, and objectives; and creating and justifying a budget.

10. ENG 6303 Public Relations and Media

Explores the trends and issues affecting corporations, crisis management, public affairs, communications, consumer affairs, employee relations, environmental problems, and issues of multinationals. May include the analysis of various examples of publicity materials (news conferences, feature placements, special events, media tours, case studies) as well as readings on the history and theories of public relations and propaganda.

11. ENG 6312 Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Communication

Helps students identify and address the ethical challenges that occur in private, social, and professional contexts. Focus on real world ethical dilemmas with diverse approaches to decision making using ethical reasoning and applied ethics. Legal considerations will include first amendment issues such as freedom of speech and press, copyright, libel, privacy, access, administrative law of advertising and broadcasting, and other legal problems in professional writing situations.

12. ENG 6323 Communications and Technology

Acquaints students with various computer software programs and their applications to specific disciplines such as criminal justice, medical and science writing and technical communication. Projects include documents as well as slide presentations incorporating analyzed research data. Students will expand their knowledge rhetorical principles and techniques for reporting statistical analyses and conveying them to specialized audiences.

13. SOS 6310 Volunteers in the Nonprofit Sector

Non-profit managers are often called upon to be recruiters, trainers, organizers, and supervisors of a volunteer workforce. Volunteers should assist managers in realizing organizational goals. This will be a practical course designed to give course participants a toolbox to accomplish the tasks of volunteer recruitment, training, retention, recognition, risk assessment, and evaluation.

14. POLS 6314 Leadership Trends/Topics in Non-Profit Organizations

This course is designed to identify and develop specialized leadership skills that will help non-profit organizations prosper. The course will highlight key trends, topics, and issues that focus on the development non-profit organization. The course will be divided into modules with each focused on a particular trend in non-profit leadership. Modules will include Human Resources and Team Building, Development of Organizational Culture, Ethics and Ethical dilemmas in Non Profit Organizations, Public Policy and Government Affairs in Non-Profits, and Fundraising and Social Entrepreneurship. Other topical issues will be added as needed. The course will incorporate the use of social media, technology and data in decision making and communicating. Students will also work in teams and existing nonprofits to experientially learn key topics.

15. POLS 6680 Internship in Nonprofit Management

This six hour course offers students the opportunity to introduce their skills to the non-profit world in an internship environment. Interns work 240 hours per semester in a pre-approved internship setting. Interns will complete academic assignments related to their internship and have their performance evaluated by their supervisor and instructor.

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Degree Coordinator
David Branham, Ph.D.
Room: N-1077

“This nonprofit program is helping me gain effective leadership and management skills to improve the culture within a nonprofit, and at the same allowing me to continue doing meaningful work in the community.”
- Monica Saenz, MA NPM student, class of 2015.

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