WHO IS THE MSNP DEGREE FOR?
The online M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MSNP) program is ideal for working professionals with experience in — and a passion for — the nonprofit sector.
It’s important to note that nonprofit work cuts across many fields; there are nonprofits working in nearly every industry imaginable, from scientific research, public safety and human services to education, broadcasting and the arts. In short, there is a need for nonprofit professionals across a broad spectrum of expertise and specializations.
To enter this unique leadership and management development program, or its on-campus counterpart, you may have an undergraduate degree, background and/or relevant experience in areas including but not limited to:
- Nonprofit Management
- Business Administration, Sales and Marketing
- Public Administration
- International Relations
- Political Science
- Public Health
- Community Organizing
Above all, this degree is best suited to those committed to a career with a meaningful social purpose.
NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT CAREERS
In the nonprofit world, it is very common — and increasingly preferred — for those in senior-level positions to hold a master’s degree. Graduates of the online MSNP program will be ideally positioned to pursue leadership, management and development roles across the nonprofit sector, including:
- Chief Executive Officer
- Executive Director
- Assistant Director
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Development Officer
- Grant Writer
- Foundation Program Officer
- Director of Operations
- Program Director or Manager
- Administrative and Operations Manager
Nonprofit organizations across the country — and the world — are in need of strong, strategic leaders with the most up-to-date knowledge of best management practices. Alumni of the on-campus MANP program have gone on to work at organizations like:
- Alzheimer’s Association
- American Diabetes Association
- Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee (MAAC)
- Family Health Centers of San Diego
- Feeding America
- The San Diego Foundation
- The International Community Foundation
- KPBS Public Media
- Mingei International Museum
- The Skatepark Project (The Tony Hawk Foundation)
- United Through Reading
- Voices for Children
This is only a small sampling of the kinds of opportunities available to talented, motivated nonprofit leaders. The online M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management program provides the fundamental tools needed to open up a world of professional possibilities.
Degree candidates are admitted throughout the year to begin their degree during one of three terms (spring, summer, fall). Students take two asynchronous courses during each 14-week semester, focusing on one seven-week course at a time. This degree program can be completed in five semesters (20 months).
PROGRAM GOALS AND LEARNER OUTCOMES
The online M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management is designed to achieve the following outcomes:
Short-Term Programmatic Outcomes
- Demonstrate mastery in concepts and theories related to leading and managing nonprofits.
- Illustrate a meaningful transfer of knowledge from academic studies to professional practice.
- Apply critical thinking and a synthesis of information from multiple theories, fields, and/or constituencies to draw conclusions and make recommendations.
- Reflect personal/professional growth and leadership capacity through experiential learning
- Demonstrate leadership on issues of diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism through the development of a global mindset.
- Post-graduation alumni will demonstrate professional growth. (Measured by exit surveys, new jobs, promotions, raises, job satisfaction, and professional contributions)
- Recent grads will report high levels of degree utility (measured by exit surveys, satisfaction with degree and relevancy of topics to career field) Need specific measures.
Student Learning Outcomes
- MSNP students will demonstrate a deep foundational knowledge of the origins and significance of the nonprofit sector (voluntary action, philanthropy), compare its relationship to the government and the for-profit sector (domestic and international), and how the nonprofit sector is shaped by the larger political and economic environment.
- MSNP students will be able to implement ethical standards and understand the implications of values-based management and leadership practices such as advocacy for diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism to advance social justice through nonprofit research and practice.
- MSNP students will be able to execute relevant management and leadership skills related to nonprofit governance, finance, advocacy, public policy, and resource management.
- MSNP students will critically apply social science research and evidence-based practices to understand and respond to community needs, facilitate culturally appropriate solutions, and enhance organizational effectiveness.
- MSNP students will be able to effectively design programs or strategic initiatives that deliver high impact results to a nonprofit organization.
The MSNP program is led by a diverse group of full-time instructors and practitioner adjuncts who share a commitment to uplifting and providing a better quality of life for communities near and far. Each faculty member brings a wealth of hands-on professional experiences to their instruction.
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TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Program tuition is competitive with other top institutions. Federal financial aid can help you fund your degree. Scholarships and grants may also be available.
One of the University of San Diego’s highest priorities is to ensure that sufficient tuition and financial aid support is available to all eligible students. The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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