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  • Online Masters in Nonprofit Management (MS)

    Master of Science in Nonprofit Management: Public, Professional, & Social Sectors

    Drexel University’s online Master’s in Nonprofit Management is built on the belief that you can run a nonprofit like a business while still keeping the philanthropic mission front and center. By combining nonprofit essentials like donor relations and campaign management with the fundamental business skills you need to successfully run an operation, you’ll be prepared to help your organization reach its fullest potential.

    MS in Nonprofit Management Program Features

    Throughout your studies in Drexel’s Master’s in Nonprofit Management online program, you’ll gain expertise in strategic planning, governance, fund development and stewardship, marketing and communication to help keep your organization running smoothly and expanding its scope.

    In this program you:

    • Focus on demonstrable skills like campaign management and donor cultivation, as well as on ethics and self-assessment to better prepare you to work in a nonprofit environment
    • Experience real-world learning, including working with nonprofit agencies to look at solutions for problems that such organizations regularly face
    • Explore opportunities with Drexel’s nonprofit entities such as the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement and the Academy of Natural Sciences
    • Learn on your own schedule, while still building meaningful relationships with classmates and professors through the interactive courses

    What Can You Do with a Master’s in Nonprofit Management?

    According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States alone, with almost 10% of all wages and salaries in the United States coming from the nonprofit sector. With nonprofit opportunities in fields such as education, philanthropy and social activism, a master’s in nonprofit management prepares you for positions such as:

    • Executive Director
    • Public Relations Manager
    • Major Gifts Officer
    • Director of Development
    • Community Relations Director
    • Fundraising Manager
    • Board Member
    • Alumni Relations Director

    What Salary Will I Earn with a Master’s in Nonprofit Management?

    Salaries in the nonprofit field can vary widely based on organization and role. On average, however, the median salary for a social and community service manager is $63,530 per year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for this type of role is expected to grow 10% by 2024, a faster growth than average.*

    Job Title

    Median Salary

    Executive Director

    $112,200

    Public Relations Manager

    $106,250

    Major Gifts Officer

    $90,650

    Director of Development

    $88,150

    Community Relations Director

    $81,800

    Fundraising Manager

    $67,150

    *Median salary figures via Wanted Analytics

    Why Earn a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management?

    The benefits of earning a master’s degree in nonprofit management are two-fold: not only does it help you better contribute to an organization that you feel passionately about, but it’s a growing industry with a lot of opportunity. According to the 2016 Nonprofit Employment Practices survey, 57% of nonprofits reported an intention to create new positions, whereas only 36% of private companies planned to do the same. Those expanding organizations will need leaders with a dedication to their cause, as well as the business and professional insight to make sure they’re being run effectively. 

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    Courses

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Core Courses  
    NPM 501 Foundations for Fundraising and Ethics  
    NPM 520 Writing for Nonprofits  
    NPM 550 Stewardship and Donor Cultivation  
    NPM 600 Nonprofit Workshop I  
    NPM 602 Nonprofit Workshop II  
    NPM 603 Regional Volunteer Experience  
    NPM 645 Strategic Planning for Nonprofits  
    NPM 670 Managing Effective Capital Campaigns  
    AADM 520 Creative Enterprise and Innovation  
    ACCT 608 Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting  
    COM 536 Strategic Social Media Communication  
    COM 576 Nonprofit Communication  
    PLCY 507 Nonprofit Organizations  
    Capstone Courses  
    NPM 700 Capstone I  
    NPM 701 Capstone II  
    Total Credits 45.0

     

    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
      • GPA of 3.0 or above

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions you've attended (including trade schools)
    • Two professional letters of recommendation (three preferred)
    • Personal statement (minimum 500 words) describing your interest in the program:
      • Why you're interested in the nonprofit sector
      • How the program will help facilitate your future career goals
      • How you'll contribute to the program and your peers
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Optional Documents

    • GRE scores
    • Example of a work/school project that demonstrates a specific related skill or area of expertise

    An interview may be requested.

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $949 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1265 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2017

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

     

    2018-2019 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019

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