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  • Online Master's 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


    Public Relations Manager


    Major Gifts Officer


    Director of Development


    Community Relations Director


    Fundraising Manager


    *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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    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  3.0
    NPM 520 Writing for Nonprofits  3.0
    NPM 550 Stewardship and Donor Cultivation  3.0
    NPM 600 Nonprofit Workshop I  3.0
    NPM 602 Nonprofit Workshop II  3.0
    NPM 603 Regional Volunteer Experience  3.0
    NPM 645 Strategic Planning for Nonprofits  3.0
    NPM 670 Managing Effective Capital Campaigns  3.0
    AADM 520 Creative Enterprise and Innovation  3.0
    ACCT 608 Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting  3.0
    COM 536 Strategic Social Media Communication  3.0
    COM 576 Nonprofit Communication  3.0
    PLCY 507 Nonprofit Organizations  3.0
    Capstone Courses  
    NPM 700 Capstone I  1.5
    NPM 701 Capstone II  4.5
    Total Credits 45.0

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    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.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2019-2020 is $978 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1303 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.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • 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

    2019-2020 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

    Apply today for the Online Master's in Nonprofit Management (MS)

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