The Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL), grounded in holistic principles of collaborative and community-based learning, will provide the essential skills for creating and leading a nonprofit organization. Fundraising, finance, marketing, writing, HR, advocacy, communications and more. Students will learn the art of building and sustaining public relationships, creating a learning organizational culture, and developing the lifelong habits of analysis, reflection and action for social change.
This program combines the creative strengths of the School of Arts and Letters and the logistical knowledge of the Stender School of Business and Technology, preparing students with theoretical, practical and experiential knowledge to lead nonprofit organizations with courage and grace.
Upon completion of the MNPL program, students should be able to:
- Discern and articulate questions of equity, inclusion and diversity in terms of cultural transformation and shared power in nonprofit contexts through analysis of historical and theoretical frameworks of the nonprofit sector. Analyze and move organizations, programs and individuals along an equity spectrum such as the Meyer DEI Tool.
- Analyze and evaluate first-hand knowledge of community needs. Co-create visions, program plans, and strategies to meet those needs through values and community-based coalition building, monitoring and evaluation, and socially responsible leadership. Develop the leadership habits of transparency, accountability, cultural integrity and professional growth.
- Appraise, assemble and allocate organizational resources (human, capital, natural). Develop strategies which recognize the power of collaborative practice, such as grant writing, volunteer and donor stewardship, organizational stewardship (governance and compliance), self-care, reputation management, participatory action research and community organizing.
- Utilize effective practices in writing, social media, videos, speech and other forms of presentation to share the stories and shape understanding of the communities served, and to engage a diverse set of organizational and community members.
- Integrate appropriate technology to further the vision of the organization through ethically responsible donor and volunteer stewardship, marketing, fundraising, financial management, performance evaluation, and accountability.
Students must achieve the following program requirements for all courses listed under Program Requirements and Program Required Courses for the Nonprofit Leadership, M.A.
Major Credits: 36
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Program Required Courses
|MGT 6413||Communication Across Cultural Boundaries||3|
|MGT 6420||Organizational Behavior||3|
|NPL 6000||Proseminar in Nonprofit Leadership||3|
|NPL 6002||Human Resources Management and Board Governance for Nonprofits||3|
|NPL 6005||Writing for Nonprofit Leadership||3|
|NPL 6010||Fundraising and Financial Management of Nonprofits||3|
|NPL 6020||Promoting and Marketing Nonprofit Organizations||3|
|Health Care Administration|
|Ethical Issues and Wholeness in Change Leadership 1|
| Strategic Leadership for Change|
|Topics in Nonprofit Leadership (Administration of Arts and Cultural Organizations)|
|Topics in Nonprofit Leadership (Advocacy, Community Organizing and Public Policy for Nonprofits)|
|Topics in Nonprofit Leadership (Cultural Sustainability/Revitalization and Entrepreneurship)|
To graduate from the College of St. Scholastica, graduate students must meet the following minimum degree requirements.
Minimum GPA: 3.0