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Nonprofit Management


Nonprofit management programs prepare people to run foundations, public agencies, and other not-for-profit organizations.

The nonprofit sector accounts for well over one million businesses. They provide education, health care, and many other services.

Nonprofit management programs include topics such as:


Only a few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in nonprofit management. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Some universities offer graduate degrees in nonprofit management. Several universities offer specializations in nonprofit management as part of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Other programs that may offer specializations in nonprofit management include arts, health, or public administration. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. It is possible to enter an MBA program even though your undergraduate major is not business-related. But you should complete courses in accounting, economics, statistics, business law, and management information systems.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

The undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

In addition, to prepare for a career in nonprofit management you probably will want to take some of the following courses. More of them will be available (and required) in a MS program than in a bachelor's or MBA program:

A list of common graduate requirements is below:

Things to Know

Business courses often focus on cases drawn from real life. Students sharpen their analytical and problem-solving skills by examining situations that businesses have encountered in real life.

Business courses in high school can be useful preparation for a career in nonprofit management. Your high school transcript needs to show that you are preparing for a demanding college-level program.


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