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The nonprofit sector requires leaders and managers who are creative, skilled, and strategic in creating and maintaining organizations that successfully address their missions.

Nonprofit organizations also employ an increasing share of the nation’s workforce with employment growth outpacing that of a number of major industries.* Advance your career in this important high-growth sector as you enhance your ability to create positive social change with Walden’s master’s in nonprofit management.

Whatever your background, you can gain the critical skills needed to lead diverse and complex nonprofit organizations. This online nonprofit management degree program allows you to apply concepts you learn in class to a virtual city that simulates complex real-world scenarios. You will also have the opportunity to engage with scholar-practitioners who share their academic and professional experiences to help you quickly apply what you learn.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Understand and apply concepts, principles, and processes related to nonprofit organizations in domestic and international settings.
  2. Apply relevant ethical and legal guidelines and practices in public, private, and nonprofit organizations.
  3. Understand cultural diversity issues and apply cultural competency in public, private, and nonprofit organizations.
  4. Understand and use appropriate statistics, research methodology, and program evaluation to conduct research related to public, private, and nonprofit organizations.
  5. Apply concepts, principles, and processes related to budget, finance, resource development, and strategic planning to nonprofit organizations.
  6. Apply strategies related to marketing, public relations, and communication in nonprofit organizations.
  7. Understand and apply strategies for acquiring, managing, developing, and retaining volunteers and board members in nonprofit organizations.
  8. Understand and apply theories, concepts, and practices related to leading and managing in public, private, and nonprofit organizations.
  9. Understand and apply theories, policies, and practices of governance across sectors, domestically and internationally, in public, private, and nonprofit organizations.
  10. Apply concepts, theories, and skills gained to create positive social change to public, private, and nonprofit organizations in domestic and international communities.

*Nonprofit employment statistics cited in the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies’ report, “Employment in America’s Charities: A Profile,” 2006.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Testimonials

Meleny Thomas

Meleny Thomas

MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership Graduate
My learning process at Walden has equipped me well to work with many nonprofit organizations that need my help.
My master’s degree has allowed me to make a bigger impact in my volunteer work at the nonprofit I founded.
My committee didn’t hand me anything. They didn’t give me any freebies. It was a collaborative working relationship. I admitted to them that I needed them to point me in the right direction.
Dinknesh Kitila MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Dinknesk Kitila
Diana Shaw MPP Graduate
Diana Shaw
Donald J. Reed PhD in Public Policy and Administration Graduate
Don Reed
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