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 (MNM) 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 30 years in the U.S. and the equally rapid growth of nongovernmental organizations internationally (INGOs), the sector has professionalized. Nonprofit employees now seek master’s degree–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. 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.

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

Recent graduates of the program have obtained positions such as:

  • statewide coordinator for a network of social service organizations
  • food bank development associate
  • membership and giving manager with an arts organization
  • communications specialist for a health policy institute

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 Knight School of Law, Lundquist College of Business, and other departments.
     
  • Oregon is an exciting place to study and administer nonprofit organizations and foundations. The state and region have 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 includes four components:

  • Core courses: 33 credits
  • Elective Field of Interest: 20 credits
  • Internship and professional development training: 3 credits
  • Management sequence and consultancy project: 16 credits


Required Courses

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 7 p.m.). All required courses are offered annually, with the exception of Grant Proposal Writing (quarterly) and some courses with duplicate sections in summer term.

  • PPPM 507 Nonprofit Financial Management (4 Credits)
  • PPPM 522 Grant Proposal Writing (1 Credit)
  • PPPM 526 Strategic Planning Management (4 Credits)
  • PPPM 581 Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations (4 Credits)
  • PPPM 586 Philanthropy and Grantmaking (2 Credits)
  • PPPM 618 Public Sector Theory (4 Credits)
  • PPPM 623 Professional Development (1 Credit)
  • PPPM 656 Quantitative Methods (5 Credits)
  • PPPM 680 Managing Nonprofit Organizations (4 Credits)
  • PPPM 686 Nonprofit 48-Hour Charrette (1 Credit Each Term)
  • PPPM 687 Nonprofit Board Governance (1 Credit Each Term)
  • PPPM 688 Nonprofit Management Consultancy (4 Credits)

Sample Courses

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Sample Curriculum Outline

Fall Term, First Year

14 Credits

PPPM 618 Public Sector Theory
4 Credits
PPPM 680 Managing Nonprofit Organizations
4 Credits
PPPM 656 Quantitative Methods
5 Credits
PPPM 623 Professional Development

1 Credit
 

Winter Term, First Year

8+ Credits

PPPM 507 Nonprofit Financial Management
4 Credits
PPPM 581 Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
4 Credits
(plus elective or management sequence courses)

 
 

Spring Term, First Year

6+ Credits

PPPM 526 Strategic Planning Management
4 Credits
PPPM 586 Philanthropy and Grantmaking
2 Credits
(plus elective or management sequence courses)

 


Fall Term, Second Year

2+ Credits

PPPM 687 Nonprofit Board Governance
1 Credit Each Term
PPPM 686 Nonprofit 48-Hour Charrette
1 Credit

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

 
 

Winter Term, Second Year

2+ Credits

PPPM 522 Grant Proposal Writing
1 Credit
PPPM 687 Nonprofit Board Governance (continued)
1 Credit Each Term
(plus elective or management sequence courses)

 
 

Spring Term, Second Year

4+ Credits

PPPM 688 Nonprofit Management Consultancy
4 Credits
(plus electives or management sequence courses)

 
 


Field of Interest (20 Credits)

MNM students complete a minimum of 20 elective credits in a single field of interest. There are 11 to choose from, listed below, or you may design your own (most students do, in consultation with your faculty advisor). Other departments’courses change rapidly, so this list may not include courses of interest to you or may include courses that are unavailable in the coming year. In case a non-PPPM course is closed, ask the course instructor to see if it is possible to join the course (contact your MNM faculty 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
PPPM 507 Visual Communications
AAD 520 Event Management
J 548 Advertising Campaigns*
J 549 Advanced Advertising Campaigns*
J 552 Strategic Public Relations Communication*
J 580 Topics: Strategic Social Media
J 624 Topics: Finance Strategic Communication, PDX*


Social Enterprise

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 525 Project Management
PPPM 526 Strategic Planning
PPPM 548 Collaboration
PPPM 565 Program Evaluation
PPPM 587 Impact Philanthropy
PPPM 685 Social Enterprise
ACTG 620 Entrepreneurial Accounting*
MGMT 623 Negotiation
MGMT 625 New Venture Planning
ACTG 662 Strategic Cost Management*


Arts and Cultural Leadership

For students seeking careers in managing arts and culture organizations in the performing arts, community arts, arts in healthcare, and museums.

Allied academic units with possible electives: Music and Dance, Theater Arts, History of Art and Architecture, Historic Preservation, Folklore, Anthropology, and the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies.

AAD 510 Museum Practice
AAD 510 Arts, Health, & Well-Being (not offered 2018–19)
AAD 510 Access, Lifelong Learning in the Arts (not offered 2018–19)
PPPM 507 Visual Communications
AAD 520 Event Management
AAD 527 Planning Interpretive Exhibits
AAD 550 Art in Society*
AAD 551 Community Cultural Development/Creative Placemaking
AAD 562 Cultural Policy
AAD 571 Performing Arts Management
AAD 612 Cultural Administration


Equity/Social Justice

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

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

PPPM 507 Difference & Power in the Public Sector
PPPM 507 Community Organizing
PPPM 507 Inequality Policy Solutions (not offered 2018–19)
PPPM 532 Justice & Urban Revitalization
PPPM 552 Public Participation in Diverse Communities (prerequisite: PPPM 532)
ES 507 Seminar Native Americans & Latinx
CRES 515 Conflict & Gender
ANTH 538 Race & Gender Latin America
CRES 540 Dialogue Across Differences*
PS 549 Racial Politics US*
ENVS 550 Political Ecology
SOC 551 Social Stratification*
EDLD 610 Leading for Equity*
EDLD 621 Equity and Achievement*
EDLD 623 Evidence-Based Cultural Adaptation
CRES 625 Psychology of Conflict*


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, and International Studies. Many students interested in policy complete both the MNM and MPA degrees concurrently.

PPPM 507 Advocacy Seminar
PPPM 507 Policy Simulation
PPPM 507 Seminar Public Health
PPPM 507 Inequality Policy Solutions (not offered 2018-19)
PPPM 518 Introduction to Public LawPPPM 543 Natural Resource Policy
PPPM 544 Environmental Policy
PPPM 546 Socioeconomic Development PlanningPPPM 560 Health Policy
PPPM 588 Nonprofit Legal Issues
PPPM 565 Program Evaluation
PPPM 628 Public Sector EconomicsPPPM 636 Public Policy Analysis
PPPM 637 48-hour MPA Policy Analysis (prereq: 657, 636)*
PPPM 657 Research Methods
PS 545 Methods for Politics and Policy Analysis I
PS 546 Methods for Politics and Policy Analysis II
AAD 562 Cultural Policy
EDLD 632 Education Policy Analysis*


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 Ecological Design Certificate.

​PPPM 507 Seminar Hazard Mitigation
PPPM 507 Seminar International Sustainability
PPPM 507 Seminar Public Health
PPPM 508 Workshop Environmental Impact Assessment
PPPM 542 Sustainable Urban Development
PPPM 543 Natural Resource Policy
PPPM 544 Environmental Policy
SOC 516 Environmental Sociology
WGS 532 Gender, Environment, & Development
ENVS 550 Political Ecology
ENVS 567 Sustainable Agriculture
PS 577 International Environmental Politics
MGMT 607 Seminar Sustainable Business Practices*
CRES 660 Environmental Conflict Resolution


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 Argentina (study abroad)
PPPM 507 Seminar International Sustainability
PPPM 542 Sustainable Urban Development (international focus)
CRES 510 Working Abroad
INTL 521 Gender and International Development
INTL 522 Aid to Developing Countries
INTL 523 Development and the Muslim World (not offered 2018–19)
INTL 531 Cross-Cultural Communication
INTL 546 Development and Social Change in Latin America
INTL 542 South Asia: Development and Social Change
INTL 544 Development and Social Change in Southeast Asia


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
SPED 511 Foundations of Disability I*
SPED 512 Foundations of Disability II*
LING 544 Second Language Acquisition
FHS 583 Preventing Interpersonal Violence
EDLD 620 Educational Leadership*
EDLD 626 Social & Cultural Foundations in Education
SPSY 674 Educational Assessment
EDLD 683 State and Local Policy Development in Education*


Public Relations and 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 Advocacy Seminar
PPPM 507 Seminar Strategic Communication
PPPM 507 Seminar Community Organizing
PPPM 518 Introduction to Public Law
PPPM 532 Justice & Urban Revitalization
PPPM 548 Collaborative Planning and Management
PPPM 552 Public Participation in Diverse Communities (prerequisite: PPPM 532)
PPPM 588 Nonprofit Legal Issues
J 548 Advertising Campaigns*
J 549 Advanced Advertising Campaigns*
J 580 Topics Nonprofit Crowdfunding
J 624 Topics Finance Strategic Communication, PDX*


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.

LA 510 Civic Agriculture
LA 606 Urban Farm
FLR 515 Folklore Foodways
INTL 525 Global Food Security
ENVS 567 Sustainable Agriculture
ENG 569 Sense of Place
ENVS 601 Research: Food Talks
ENVS 607 Food Matters: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Food Studies


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 master's degrees in three years.

Allied academic unit with possible electives: International Studies, Geography

PPPM 518 Intro to Public Law
PPPM 525 Project Management
PPPM 526 Strategic Planning for Management
PPPM 534 Urban Geographic Information Systems
PPPM 538 Transportation Issues in Planning
PPPM 546 Socioeconomic Development Planning
PPPM 548 Collaboration
PPPM 587 Impact Philanthropy
PPPM 611 Introduction to Planning Practice
PPPM 613 Planning Analysis
PPPM 617 Human Settlements
PPPM 625/626 Community Planning Workshop
INTL 520 Global Community Development
AAD 551 Community Cultural Development/Creative Placemaking

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Internship and Professional Development Training (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 Sequence and Consultancy 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.

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).

NACC


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