Master of Nonprofit Management

Degree Requirements | Core Courses | Fields of Interest | Internship | Capstone Project | Community Service | Faculty | Sample Curriculum Outline

Application Available: After September 15, the preceding year

Application Deadline: February 1 is the deadline for priority acceptance. If space is available after the February admissions round, we will review qualified applicants on a monthly basis.

Application Decision: The admissions committee meets soon after the application deadline to evaluate application materials. Applicants will be notified by mail of their admission status. Students typically begin the program fall term, but under certain exceptional circumstances, may start mid-year. 

Information Sessions: We're holding sessions on October 30, December 4, and January 8. To register for one, contact Bob Choquette (choquett@uoregon.edu).

Contact Us

Contact Bob Choquette (choquett@uoregon.edu) with questions about admissions procedures and Associate Professor Dyana Mason (dmason@uoregon.edu), faculty director of the Nonprofit Management Program, with questions about the curriculum.


Degree Overview: Master of Nonprofit Management

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 in 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

NACC logo The Master of Nonprofit Management Program was the first in the world to be accredited by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council.


Unique Aspects of the Master of Nonprofit Management 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 of Oregon is a leading public research university. Master of nonprofit management 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.

Alumni Spotlight

Megan Patrignelli
Master of Nonprofit Management, '20

From across the country, All-American Megan Patrignelli came to the University of Oregon to run. While pursuing her Olympic dreams, Patrignelli fell in love with how nonprofits boost the resilience of communities. In her nonprofit work, she now supports people with disabilities and advocates for accessibility. “I’m passionate about this field because I see the way nonprofit programs fill the gaps in our community,” she said. “Having that knowledge, no matter where I go, I’m going to be thinking about making things accessible for everyone.”

Watch a Video About Megan Patrignelli

Megan Patrignelli


Master of Nonprofit Management Degree Requirements (70 Credits)

The 70-credit program prepares students to become effective and creative leaders in the nonprofit sector. The program includes four components:

  • Core courses: 29 credits
  • Elective Field of Interest: 20 credits
  • Internship: 3 credits
  • Management Sequence and Consultancy Project: 18 credits

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Master of Nonprofit Management Required Courses

Core Courses

The required 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 522 Grant Proposal Writing (1 Credit)
  • PPPM 581 Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations (4 Credits)
  • PPPM 586 Philanthropy and Grantmaking (2 Credits)
  • PPPM 610 Research Skills (2 Credits)
  • PPPM 681 Nonprofit Financial Management (4 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)
  • PPPM 687 Nonprofit Board Governance (3 Credits, 1 Credit Each Term)
  • PPPM 688 Nonprofit Management Consultancy (4 Credits)

Course Descriptions

Charles Estes, Sophie Patterson, and Ivan Hernandez at Crater Lake


Master of Nonprofit Management Fields of Interest (20 Credits)

Master of nonprofit management students complete a minimum of 20 elective credits in a 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 the case that a course outside of the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management is closed, ask the course instructor to see if it is possible to join the course (contact your master of nonprofit management 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 Communication
PPPM 610 Visual Communications
PPPM 510/574 Event Management
J 512 Topics: Social Nonprofits*
J 552 Strategic Public Relations Communication*
J 580 Topics: Strategic Social Media*
Law 683 Estate Planning*


Social Enterprise

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

Allied academic units with possible electives: Business, Law

PPPM 525 Project Management
PPPM 526 Strategic Planning
PPPM 548 Collaboration
PPPM 565 Program Evaluation
PPPM 587 Impact Philanthropy
PPPM 685 Social Enterprise (offered alternating years)
ACTG 620 Entrepreneurial Accounting*
MGMT 623 Negotiation*
MGMT 625 New Venture Planning*
MGMT 609 Venture Start-up I & II* (prerequisite; MGMT 625)*
MGMT 635 Opportunity Recognition*
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.

Curricular Plan for MNM Degree with a Field of Interest in Arts & Cultural Leadership

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

PPPM 510/576 Museum Practice (offered alternating years)
PPPM 577 Museum Education (offered alternating years)
PPPM 573 Cultural Programming
PPPM 510/574 Event Management
PPPM 570 The Arts in Society
PPPM 572 Creative Placemaking
PPPM 571 Cultural Policy
PPPM 575 Performing Arts Management (not offered AY20–21)
PPPM 670 Cultural Administration
ARH 540 Museology*


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 master of nonprofit management 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 Graduate Certificate in Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies.

PPPM 507 Difference & Power in the Public Sector
PPPM 510 Community Organizing
PPPM 507 Inequality Policy Solutions
PPPM 532 Justice & Urban Revitalization
PPPM 552 Public Participation in Diverse Communities (prerequisite: PPPM 532)
CRES 540 Dialogue Across Differences*
CRES 541 Dialogue Across Differences II*
CRES 610 Culture Power Conflict Resolution*
CRES 625 Psychology of Conflict*
EDLD 624 Leading for Equity*
EDLD 623 Evidence-Based Cultural Adaptation*
ENVS 535 Environmental Justice*
ES 615 Theoretical Foundations in Ethnic Studies*
ES 620 Race, Space, and Power*
ES 621 Cultural Production*
ES 622 Resistance and Dissent*
ES 623 Race and Sexuality*
GLBL 510 Global Story of Race*
GLBL 510 Transnational Migration*
GLBL 521 Gender & International Development*
PS 549 Racial Politics US*
PS 585 Civil Rights & Liberties*
PS 566 Civil Rights Post-Warren*
SOC 616 Race Gender & Environment*
SOC 522/552 Mexican Migration*
SOC 656 Topics Sociology of Sexuality*


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 master of nonprofit management and master of public administration in two to three years.

Allied academic units with possible electives: Law, Political Science, Environmental Studies, and Global Studies. Many students interested in policy complete both the master of nonprofit management and master of public administration degrees concurrently.

PPPM 507 Advocacy/Lobbying Seminar
PPPM 507 Policy Simulation
PPPM 507 Seminar: Public Health
PPPM 507 Inequality Policy Solutions
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 565 Program Evaluation
PPPM 571 Cultural Policy
PPPM 588 Nonprofit Legal Issues
PPPM 628 Public Sector Economics
PPPM 636 Public Policy Analysis (prerequisite: 628)
PPPM 637 48-hour MPA Policy Analysis (prerequisite: 657, 636)*
PPPM 657 Research Methods
EDLD 610 State and Local Education Policy*
EDLD 632 Education Policy Analysis*
PS 625 Public Policy*
PS 607 Seminar: International Environmental Policy*


Environmental Sustainability

For students pursuing careers in the environmental nonprofit/NGO sector. Students may want to complete the Ecological Design Certificate to fulfill master of nonprofit management 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 International Sustainability

PPPM 507 Seminar Public Health

PPPM 508 Workshop Environmental Impact AssessmentPPPM 542 Sustainable Urban DevelopmentPPPM 543 Natural Resource PolicyPPPM 544 Environmental Policy

CRES 660 Environmental Conflict Resolution*
ENVS 510 Unnatural Disasters*
ENVS 550 Political Ecology*
ENVS 535 Environmental Justice*
ENVS 567 Sustainable Agriculture*
ENVS 555 Sustainability*
ENVS 610 Political Ecology Climate Change*
GLBL 510 Sustainable Movement Around World*
MGMT 607 Seminar: Sustainable Business Practices*
PS 577 International Environmental Politics*
PS 607 Seminar: International Environmental Policy*
SOC 516 Environmental Sociology/Climate Change*
WGS 532 Gender, Environment, & Development*


International Development

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

Allied academic units with possible electives: Global Studies, Geography. Students may obtain the 16-credit Asian Studies Graduate Specialization.

PPPM 507 Seminar: International Sustainability
PPPM 542 Sustainable Urban Development (international focus)
PPPM 565 Program Evaluation
PPPM 587 Impact Philanthropy
CRES 530 Working Internationally*
GLBL 510 Global Perspectives on Disability*
GLBL 510 Food Sovereignty*
GLBL 510 Global Health Crisis*
GLGL 510 Global Story of Race*
GLBL 510 Transnational Migration*
GLBL 510 Development & Social Change Europe*
GLBL 510 Sustainable Movements Around World*
GLBL 520 Global Community Development*
GLBL 521 Gender and International Development*
GLBL 522 Aid to Developing Countries*
GLBL 531 Cross-Cultural Communication*
GLBL 542 South Asia: Development & Social Change*
GLBL 544 Development & Social Change in Southeast Asia*
GLBL 565 Global Reproductive Health*


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 master of nonprofit management field-of-interest credits.

Allied academic units with possible electives: Education

PPPM 507 Seminar: Public Health
PPPM 560 Health Policy
EDLD 623 Cultural Adaptation Evidence Based*
EDLD 624 Leading for Equity*
EDLD 626 Social & Cultural Foundations in Education*
EDLD 632 Education Policy Analysis*
EDLD 675 School Finance*
EDLD 610/683 State and Local Education Policy*
FHS 582 Preventing Youth Violence*
GLBL 510 Global Health Crisis*
GLBL 510 Global Perspectives Disability*
GLBL 565 Global Reproductive Health*
LA 510 Housing/Homelessness*
LING 544 Second Language Acquisition*
SPED 511 Foundations of Disability I*


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/Lobbying Seminar
PPPM 507 Seminar: Strategic Communication
PPPM 510 Community Organizing
PPPM 610 Visual Communications
PPPM 518 Introduction to Public Law
PPPM 532 Justice & Urban Revitalization
PPPM 548 Collaboration
PPPM 552 Public Participation in Diverse Communities (prerequisite: PPPM 532)
PPPM 588 Nonprofit Legal Issues


Food Studies

For students interested in local food advocacy, community gardens, food sufficiency, and other topics related to food production, distribution, and justice. Caveat: Courses in this field have sometimes been offered only sporadically. The list below covers courses that were offered Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Fall 2020. Students may obtain the 18-credit Graduate Specialization in Food Studies.

GLBL 510 Food Sovereignty*
LA 529 Civic Agriculture*
ENVS 567 Sustainable Agriculture*
ENG  569 Sense of PlaceENVS 601 Research: Food Talks*
ENVS 607 Food Matters: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Food Studies*
LAW 796 Food, Farming & Sustainability*
MGMT 510 Business of Food*


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 and regional planning degree. With careful planning, a student can complete both degrees in three years.

Allied academic unit with possible electives: Global Studies, Geography

PPPM 518 Introduction 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 572 Creative Placemaking
PPPM 587 Impact Philanthropy
PPPM 611 Intro Planning Practice
PPPM 613 Planning Analysis
PPPM 617 Human Settlements
PPPM 625 and 626 Community Planning Workshop
GLBL 520 Global Community Development*


Internship and Professional Development Training (3 Credits)

There are two components of the master of nonprofit management 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 master of nonprofit management students, and required for those with fewer than two years of relevant professional experience.

Students are required to enroll in three 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 three credits is highly recommended. Students may do so either for credit or not for credit.


Management Sequence and Consultancy Project (16 Credits)

Master of nonprofit management 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 Strategic Communications

4 Credits

PPPM 507 Public Sector Leadership

2 Credits

PPPM 507 Advocacy/Lobbying Seminar

2 Credits

PPPM 510 Community Organizing

4 Credits

PPPM 518 Intro to Public Law

4 Credits

PPPM 525 Project Management

4 Credits

PPPM 526 Strategic Planning for Management

4 Credits

PPPM 532 Justice & Urban Revitalization

4 Credits

PPPM 548 Collaboration

4 Credits

PPPM 552 Public Participation Diverse Communities (prerequisite: 532)

4 Credits

PPPM 565 Program Evaluation

4 Credits

PPPM 510/576 Museum Practice

4 Credits

PPPM 510/574 Event Management

4 Credits

PPPM 573 Cultural Programming

4 Credits

PPPM 577 Museum Education

4 Credits

PPPM 570 The Arts in Society

4 Credits

PPPM 572 Creative Placemaking

4 Credits

PPPM 575 Performing Arts Management (not offered AY20–21)

4 Credits

PPPM 583 Volunteer Resource Management

2 Credits

PPPM 587 Impact Philanthropy

4 Credits

PPPM 588 Nonprofit Legal Issues

4 Credits

PPPM 610 Visual Communications

4 Credits

PPPM 625 and 626 Community Planning Workshops I & II

10 Credits total

PPPM 633 Public Management

4 Credits

PPPM 670 Cultural Administration

4 Credits

PPPM 685 Social Enterprise

4 Credits

CRES 610 Nonprofit Law/Mgmt Clinic

6 Credits total

CRES 631 Managing Conflict in Organizations

3 Credits

GLBL 522 Aid to Developing Countries

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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Sample Curriculum Outline

Fall Term, First Year

14 Credits

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

1 Credit
 

Winter Term, First Year

8+ Credits

PPPM 581 Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
4 Credits

PPPM 681 Nonprofit Financial Management

4 Credits
(plus elective or management sequence courses)

 
 

Spring Term, First Year

3+ Credits

PPPM 522 Grant Proposal Writing
1 Credit
PPPM 586 Philanthropy and Grantmaking Seminar
2 Credits
(plus elective or management sequence courses)

 
 

Summer Term

3 Credits

Internship (can be completed during the academic year)

3 Credits
 


Fall Term, Second Year

2+ Credits

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

(plus internship, electives, or management sequence credits)
 

 
 

Winter Term, Second Year

3+ Credits

PPPM 610 Research Skills
2 Credits
PPPM 687 Nonprofit Board Governance (continued)
1 Credit Each Term
(plus electives or management sequence courses)

 
 

Spring Term, Second Year

5+ Credits

PPPM 687 Nonprofit Board Governance (continued)
1 Credit Each Term
PPPM 688 Nonprofit Management Consultancy
4 Credits
(plus electives or management sequence courses)

 
 

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Master of Nonprofit Associated Faculty

To learn more about the faculty members in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management who are currently engaged in research and teaching relating to the nonprofit sector, visit the faculty directory.


The School of Planning, Public Policy and Management is a full institutional member of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).

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Give to Nonprofit Programs

Donors make it all possible. Private gifts enable our faculty members and students to cross boundaries, share ideas, and innovate.

 

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