Master of Nonprofit Management

Degree Requirements | Core Courses | Fields of Interest | Internship | Capstone Project | Community Service | Associated Faculty


  • Priority Application Deadline: February 1
  • Program Start: The February 1 application deadline is for the entering cohort of the following fall, which begins in late September. In exceptional circumstances, students may apply and start mid-year.
  • Questions: Contact Bob Choquette (choquett@uoregon.edu) with questions about admissions procedures and Renee Irvin (rirvin@uoregon.edu) with questions about the MNM curriculum.

 


Degree Overview

The Master of Nonprofit Management is a comprehensive professional degree that prepares students for leadership of nonprofit and philanthropic (grant-making) organizations. Due to the astonishing growth of the nonprofit sector over the past three decades in the U.S. and the equally rapid growth of nongovernmental organizations internationally, the sector has professionalized. Nonprofit employees now seek master’s-level training to advance their careers and specialize in nonprofit administration.

Fully 9 percent of the U.S. GDP is now produced by nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. The nonprofit sector is no longer a career that people fall into, but an avocation that students prepare for with a rigorous, focused degree program.

This degree is distinct from a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration due to the nonprofit sector’s unique funding and management structures. Unlike businesses, nonprofits gather revenues from a variety of funding streams, each with its own unique development challenges: government and foundation grants, membership revenues, gifts from major donors, broad-based support (small gifts), special events and sponsorships, endowment income, commercial revenue (such as fees for services), bequests, and many other forms of funding peculiar to the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofits also operate in a tax-exempt financial reporting environment, in which financial management issues and accounting challenges differ considerably from those faced by businesses. Nonprofit human resource management shares some features with business and government sectors, but also has unique aspects, such as volunteer recruitment, motivation and management. To illustrate, managing a corps of volunteers without the motivation of salary is a daunting task and its difficulty is often underestimated.

Service to a broader public mission is a feature shared by both the government and nonprofit sectors, so it is not surprising that a majority of the nation’s nonprofit administration programs have emerged from schools of public administration or public policy. Yet again, the nonprofit administrative skill base differs from that required in government agencies. Government revenue originates from the tax base and budgets are determined hierarchically. Government entities are constrained in their operation due to legislation, in an effort to ensure that public funding is not misused. The nonprofit sector, in contrast, is comparatively free to experiment and innovate without binding controls on process. Governments contract out to nonprofits, and government management now frequently centers on the ability to create public outcomes via networks of providers, whereas nonprofit management is often internal.

Despite the differing features of the government, business, and nonprofit sectors, drawing on professional training elements from all three sectors is critical for a Master of Nonprofit Management. We have crafted a strongly skills-focused curriculum, melding best practice elements from the three sectors into all courses.

Recent graduates of the program have obtained positions such as: a statewide coordinator for a network of social service organizations, a food bank development associate, membership and giving manager with an arts organization, and as a communications specialist for a health policy institute.

The program requires six terms to complete. Tuition rates per quarter depend on the number of credits the student takes and the residency status of the student. Please see the Office of the Registrar's website for current tuition rates.

Unique Aspects of the Program

  • We are proud of our supportive learning environment, where class sizes are small and faculty members are on a first name basis with students.
     
  • Our curriculum emphasizes applying classroom learning to current and vital nonprofit issues. Students are required to serve on the board of a nonprofit organization and complete administrative projects for nonprofit organizations or foundations at multiple points in the degree program.
     
  • The University Oregon is a leading public research university. MNM students have the flexibility to customize their concentration course work to take advantage of offerings throughout the university, including the highly ranked School of Law, College of Business, and other departments.
     
  • Oregon is an exciting place to study and administer nonprofit organizations and foundations. The state and region has a vibrant nonprofit sector that is at the forefront of innovative nonprofit and philanthropic leadership. We are proud to play a pivotal role in the sector and in establishing best practices for organizations worldwide.

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Degree Requirements (72 Credits)

The 72-credit program prepares students to become effective and creative leaders in the nonprofit sector. The program comprises four components:

  1. Core courses: 33 credits
     
  2. Elective field of interest: 20 credits
     
  3. Internship and professional development training: 3 credits
     
  4. Management sequence and consultancy project: 16 credits


Core Courses (33 Credits)

The nine core courses provide students with the financial, revenue development, and management skills to be effective leaders in the nonprofit sector. Courses are usually scheduled in the late afternoon and evening to allow working professionals access to them (for example, once per week from 4 to 7pm). All required courses are offered annually, with the exception of Grant Proposal Writing (quarterly) and some courses with duplicate sections in Summer term.

First Year—Fall

PPPM 618 Public Sector Theory
4 Credits

The context of professional public services includes the history and theoretical foundation for public policy and management in the government and nonprofit sectors.

PPPM 680 Managing Nonprofit Organizations
4 Credits

Principles of effective management of nonprofit organizations. Focuses on governance, strategy, legal structure and standards, and volunteer administration.

PPPM 656 Quantitative Methods
5 Credits

Develop skills in using quantitative analysis to evaluate policies and programs. Emphasizes selecting appropriate analysis procedures, interpreting results appropriately, and writing clearly about findings.

PPPM 623 Professional Development
1 Credit

Students identify career goals and prepare professional materials for the internship and post-graduation.


First Year—Winter

PPPM 507 Nonprofit Financial Management
4 Credits

Introduction to financial management tools for nonprofit organizations. Includes financial reporting, revenue stabilization, internal control, and capital projects investment.

PPPM 581 Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
4 Credits

An introduction to the process of preparing grant applications.

(plus elective or management sequence courses)

First Year—Spring

PPPM 526 Strategic Planning Management
4 Credits

This class focuses on the theory and practice of strategic planning and strategic management in education, and public sector and non-profit agencies, covering various approaches to designing and conducting strategic planning, including specific techniques for conducting environmental scans, SWOT analyses, strategic issue identification, and strategy formulation

PPPM 586 Philanthropy and Grantmaking
2 Credits

Overview of the history, economics, and practice of philanthropy and grant making in the United States. Students study philanthropy from a multidisciplinary perspective and finish the quarter by awarding a $15,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of their choice.

(plus elective or management sequence courses)

Second Year—Fall

PPPM 687 Nonprofit Board Governance
1 Credit Each Term

Students learn the principles of board governance while serving on governing boards of nonprofit organizations for one year.

PPPM 686 Nonprofit 48-Hour Charrette

1 Credit

Students are given only 48 hours to analyze a topic and present results to a public audience. Thus, this fast-paced course mimics the sometimes hectic and deadline-driven world of nonprofit sector decision-making.

(plus electives or management sequence courses in both fall and winter quarters)

Second Year—Winter

PPPM 522 Grant Proposal Writing

1 Credit

In-depth introduction to fundraising for nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, and campaigns.

PPPM 687 Nonprofit Board Governance (continued)

1 Credit Each Term

Students learn the principles of board governance while serving on governing boards of nonprofit organizations for one year.

(plus elective or management sequence courses)


Second Year—Spring

PPPM 688 Nonprofit Management Consultancy

4 Credits

In teams, students complete administrative projects on behalf of regional nonprofit organizations. Topics vary according to the nonprofit organizations who apply for assistance each year.

(plus electives or management sequence courses in both fall and winter quarters)
 

Sample Courses

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Field of Interest (20 Credits)

Each MNM student is expected to complete a minimum of 20 elective credits in a field of interest of your choice. You may design your own field of interest (most students do), or choose from one of the following options, but the final decision must be made in consultation with your faculty advisor. Courses in other departments change rapidly, so this list may not include key courses of interest to you, or may include courses that are unavailable in the coming year. In case a non-PPPM course is closed to nonmajors, inquire with the course instructor if it is possible to join the course (and then contact your MNM advisor if the instructor’s answer is no). 

Courses listed with an * indicate a special course designation. Usually, this indicates that instructor approval is needed to register for the course, there's an irregular schedule, or course fees apply. Check the UO Course Catalog for more specific information.

Marketing and Development

For students wanting to work in development (fundraising) or advancement. (Career options in this field are excellent and well remunerated.)

Allied academic units with possible electives: Business, Journalism

 

  • PPPM 507 Seminar Strategic Communications

  • AAD 520 Event Management

  • J 512 Civic Media

  • J 548 Advertising Campaigns*

  • J 549 Advanced Advertising Campaigns*

  • J 580 Topics Nonprofit Crowdfunding

  • J 552 Strategic Public Relations Communication*

  • J 624 Strategic Communication*

 


Social Entrepreneurship

For students seeking closer links to social enterprise and social good businesses, or focused on developing fee-based commercial enterprise within nonprofit organizations.

Allied academic units with possible electives: Business

 

  • PPPM 587 Impact Philanthropy

  • PPPM 525 Project Management

  • PPPM 526 Strategic Planning and Management

  • PPPM 548 Collaborative Planning and Management

  • PPPM 565 Program Evaluation

  • PPPM 685 Social Enterprise

  • ACTG 620 Entrepreneurial Accounting*

  • ACTG 662 Strategic Cost Management*

  • MGMT 623 Negotiation

  • MGMT 625 New Venture Planning

 


Equity/Social Justice

For students targeting advocacy careers with social justice organizations. Students may also obtain the Women and Gender Studies certificate to fulfill MNM field of interest credits.

Allied academic units with possible electives: Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Anthropology. Students may also obtain the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate or the Disability Studies Graduate Certificate.

 

  • ​PPPM 532 Justice & Urban Revitalization

  • PPPM 552 Public Participation in Diverse Communities (prerequisite: PPPM 532)

  • PPPM 507 Advocacy Seminar

  • PPPM 507 Difference & Power in the Public Sector

  • PPPM 507 Nonprofits and Social Change in Rosario, Argentina (study abroad, summer 2018)

  • ANTH 528M Latino Roots*

  • CRES 510 Dialogue Across Differences*

  • CRES 515 Conflict & Gender

  • CRES 625 Psychology of Conflict*

  • EDLD 610 Leading for Equity*

  • EDLD 621 Equity and Achievement*

  • ENVS 535 Environmental Justice

  • ES 507 Seminar Native & African Americans

  • PS 549 Racial Politics US*

  • PS 607 Seminar Urban Politics

  • SOC 510 Sex and Gender in China

  • SOC 547 Issues Social Organization Networks*

  • SOC 551 Social Stratification*

 


Policy

For students entering fields where public advocacy and influencing government and legislative decision making is critical. Students may want to complete the Master of Public Administration on a concurrent basis; with careful planning, a student can complete both the MNM and MPA in 2 to 3 years.

Allied academic units with possible electives: Law, Political Science, Environmental Studies, International Studies. Many students interested in policy complete both the MNM and MPA degrees concurrently.

 

  • PPPM 507 Advocacy Seminar

  • PPPM 507 Nonprofit Legal Issues

  • PPPM 507 Policy Simulation

  • PPPM 518 Introduction to Public Law

  • PPPM 543 Natural Resource Policy

  • PPPM 544 Environmental Policy

  • PPPM 546 Socioeconomic Development Planning

  • PPPM 560 Health Policy

  • PPPM 628 Public Sector Economics

  • PPPM 636 Public Policy Analysis

  • PPPM 637 48-hour MPA Policy Analysis (prereq 657, 636)*

  • PPPM 657 Research Methods

  • PPPM 507 Seminar Public Health

  • AAD 562 Cultural Policy

  • EDLD 632 Education Policy Analysis*

  • PS 545 Methods for Politics and Policy Analysis I

  • PS 546 Methods for Politics and Policy Analysis II

 


Environmental Sustainability

For students pursuing careers in the environmental nonprofit/NGO sector. Students may want to complete the Ecological Design Certificate to fulfill MNM field of interest elective credits.

Allied academic units with possible electives: Environmental Studies, Business, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Geography. Students may also obtain the Graduate Certificate in Ecological Design.

 

  • ​PPPM 507 Seminar Public Health

  • PPPM 507 Seminar Hazard Mitigation

  • PPPM 507 Seminar International Sustainability

  • PPPM 508 Workshop Environmental Impact Assessment

  • PPPM 542 Sustainable Urban Development

  • PPPM 543 Natural Resource Policy

  • PPPM 544 Environmental Policy

  • ENVS 535 Environmental Justice

  • ENVS 555 Sustainability

  • ENVS 567 Sustainable Agriculture

  • MGMT 607 Seminar Sustainable Business Practices*

  • MGMT 608 Special Topics Environmental Law*

  • PS 577 International Environmental Politics

 


Arts and Cultural Leadership

Allied academic units with possible electives: Music and Dance, Theater Arts, History of Art & Architecture, Historic Preservation, Folklore.

This field of interest is under review to become a Graduate Specialization in Arts & Cultural Leadership.

Arts & Cultural Leadership details

 

  • AAD 510 Museum Theory

  • AAD 510 Access, Lifelong Learning in the Arts

  • AAD 510 Managing Arts in Healthcare

  • J 512 Civic Media

  • AD 520 Event Management

  • AAD 525 Ethics in Arts and Museums

  • AAD 527 Planning Interpretive Exhibits

  • AAD 529 Museum Education

  • AAD 530 Youth Arts Curriculum and Methods*

  • AAD 550 Art in Society*

  • AAD 551 Community Cultural Devmt/Creative Placemaking

  • AAD 562 Cultural Policy

  • AAD 571 Performing Arts Management

  • AAD 575 Performing Arts Industry

  • AAD 610 Professional Practice I*

  • AAD 612 Cultural Administration

 


International Development

For students seeking or continuing careers with INGOs, humanitarian organizations, and aid to developing countries.

Allied academic units with possible electives: International Studies, Geography

 

  • PPPM 507 Nonprofits and Social Change in Rosario, Argentina (study abroad, summer 2018)​

  • PPPM 507 Seminar International Sustainability

  • PPPM 507 NGOs of Southeast Asia (study abroad summer 2018)

  • PPPM 542 Sustainable Urban Development (international focus)

  • INTL 521 Gender and International Development

  • INTL 522 Aid to Developing Countries*

  • INTL 523 Development and the Muslim World

  • INTL 542 Development and Social Change in South Asia

  • INTL 544 Development and Social Change in Southeast Asia

  • INTL 546 Development and Social Change in Latin America

 


Education and Social Services

For students interested in private educational institutions, health-related nonprofit agencies, or any social service organization including those devoted to children, teens, substance abuse, housing, and so on. Students might also be interested in completing the Graduate Specialization in Disability Studies to fulfill MNM field of interest credits.

Allied academic units with possible electives: Education

 

  • PPPM 507 Seminar Public Health

  • PPPM 560 Health Policy

  • EDLD 620 Educational Leadership*

  • EDLD 683 State and Local Policy Development in Education*

  • FHS 582 Prevention of Youth Violence

  • LING 544 Second Language Acquisition

  • SPED 511 Foundations of Disability I*

  • SPED 512 Foundations of Disability II*

  • SPSY 674 Educational Assessment

 


Public Relations & Advocacy

For students headed for careers in organizations that seek to inform, persuade, and change behaviors of the public.​

Allied academic units with possible electives: Journalism, Education

 

  • PPPM 507 Seminar Strategic Communications

  • PPPM 507 Advocacy Seminar

  • PPPM 518 Introduction to Public Law

  • PPPM 548 Collaborative Planning and Management

  • PPPM 532 Justice & Urban Revitalization

  • PPPM 552 Public Participation in Diverse Communities (prerequisite: PPPM 532)

  • J 512 Civic Media

  • J 548 Advertising Campaigns*

  • J 549 Advanced Advertising Campaigns*

  • J 552 Strategic Public Relations Communication*

  • J 580 Topics Nonprofit Crowdfunding

  • J 624 Strategic Communication*

 


Food Studies

The University of Oregon has a graduate specialization in food studies, providing a unique collection of interdisciplinary coursework in local and global food systems and food justice.

Students may obtain the 18-credit Graduate Specialization in Food Studies.

 

  • ENVS 607 Food Matters: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Food Studies

  • ANTH 531 Plants and People

  • ENG 569 Literature and the Environment, Topic: Food Culture

  • ENVS 411 Food Systems from the Ground Up

  • ENVS 567 Sustainable Agriculture

  • LA 510 Civic Agriculture

  • LA 606 Urban Land Institutions

  • BI 542 Systematic Botany

 


Community Development Planning

For students pursuing careers in philanthropy (grant making), and urban and rural economic development. Students may also be interested in pursuing the concurrent Master of Community & Regional Planning degree; with careful planning, a student can complete both masters degrees in 3 years.

Allied academic unit with possible electives: International Studies, Geography

 

  • PPPM 518 Introduction to Public Law

  • PPPM 525 Project Management

  • PPPM 534 Urban GIS

  • PPPM 538 Transportation Issues in Planning

  • PPPM 541 Growth Management

  • PPPM 546 Socioeconomic Development Planning

  • PPPM 548 Collaborative Planning & Management

  • PPPM 611 Introduction to Planning Practice

  • PPPM 613 Planning Analysis

  • PPPM 625/626 Community Planning Workshop I & II

  • PPPM 617 Human Settlements

  • AAD 551 Community Cultural Development

  • EC 530 Urban and Regional Economics

  • INTL 520 International Community Development

 

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Internship (3 Credits)

There are two components of the MNM internship requirement:

  1. Enrollment in an Internship and Professional Development course (PPPM 623, 1 credit)
    Students begin the course starting orientation week and continuing through fall term of their first year. Through this course students identify their career goals and develop a plan to prepare themselves to meet the goals. Students identify summer internship and post-graduation fellowship opportunities.

  2. Completion of an internship (PPPM 604, 3 credits)
    Internships offer students opportunities to explore and clarify career goals, apply academic learning, enhance and learn new skills, gain experience, and network with professionals. Unlike jobs, internships are supervised training experiences with the explicit intent of developing skills. Internships are highly recommended for all MNM students, and required for those with fewer than two years of relevant professional experience.

Students are required to enroll in 3 pass/fail credits of PPPM 604 Internship. In collaboration with the internship site supervisor and the Internship Director, students identify learning goals and outline specific tasks and responsibilities that support these goals. By achieving their learning goals, students acquire a set of transferable skills and real-world experiences that prepare them for professional positions, fellowships, or further academic study. Gaining relevant professional experience beyond the 3 credits is highly recommended. Students may do so either for credit or not for credit.


Management Capstone Project (16 Credits)

MNM students complete the Management Sequence, which involves specialized coursework in management topics. For the Capstone project, students complete the Nonprofit Management Consultancy course.

Management Sequence (16 credits)

12 credits from the following*:

PPPM 507 Nonprofit Legal Issues

4 Credits

PPPM 685 Social Enterprise

4 Credits

PPPM 507 Volunteer Management (offered Summer term)

2 Credits

PPPM 507 Strategic Communications

4 Credits

PPPM 507 Public Sector Leadership

2 Credits

PPPM 525 Project Management

4 Credits

PPPM 565 Program Evaluation

4 Credits

PPPM 587 Impact Philanthropy

4 Credits

PPPM 633 Public Management

4 Credits

PPPM 548 Collaborative Planning and Management

4 Credits

PPPM 552 Public Participation Diverse Communities

4 Credits

CRES 610 Nonprofit Clinic

4 Credits

CRES 614 Negotiating, Bargaining, and Persuasion

4 Credits

AAD 616/167 Arts Marketing, Media, and Communications I and II

4 Credits

AAD 520 Event Management

4 Credits

MGMT 623 Negotiation

3 Credits

MGMT 625 New Venture Planning

3 Credits

Plus:

PPPM 688 Nonprofit Management Consultancy (required, 4 Credits)

*Other courses may be approved for Management Sequence credit on an individual basis – there are many options, too numerous to list here.

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Community Service

The master's degree in nonprofit management includes community service learning elements that allow for the integration of teaching, research, and service as mutually enriching enterprises that together accomplish the university's mission and support its spirit of community. Under the auspices of the nonprofit management consultancy course, community organizations benefit from faculty-led consulting services. More generally, community service components are integral parts of the following courses in the Master of Nonprofit Management program:

  • PPPM 565 Program Evaluation

  • PPPM 522 Grant Proposal Writing

  • PPPM 526 Strategic Planning and Management

  • PPPM 581 Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

  • PPPM 586 Philanthropy and Grant Making

  • PPPM 687 Nonprofit Board Governance


Master of Nonprofit Associated Faculty

To learn more about the PPPM faculty members currently engaged in research and teaching relating to the nonprofit sector, visit the faculty directory.

PPPM Faculty


PPPM is a full institutional member of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).

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