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Explore our MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

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.1 Advance your career in this important high-growth sector as you enhance your ability to create positive social change with Walden’s online master’s in nonprofit management.

Whatever your background, you can gain the critical skills needed to lead diverse and complex nonprofit organizations. This master’s in nonprofit management and leadership 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.

Program Savings

Receive a $2,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

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General Program and Specializations

General Program

Gain the management and organizational skills you need to lead diverse and complex nonprofit organizations or to serve as a social change agent in local and global communities.

Global Leadership

Explore strategies for helping Global South countries or developing regions build modern, sustainable communities with the Global Leadership specialization.

International Nongovernmental Organizations

Gain an understanding of the effects of globalization and learn how to work effectively with nongovernmental organizations, voluntary organizations, and intergovernmental organizations around the world.

Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities

Discuss what sustainability and livability mean and explore a wide range of tools, strategies, and skills you can use to create sustainable communities that are more environmentally sound, economically prosperous, and socially equitable.

Self-Designed

Create your own learning experience and focus on nonprofit management and leadership theories, principles, and practices in an area that matches your specific goals and interests.

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Explore critical leadership and practical skills—such as grant writing and generating resources—to support your own ideas and organization.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this online master’s in non-profit management and leadership program will be prepared to:

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

Career Impact

Growth in the nonprofit sector continues to outpace the rest of the economy, creating a variety of new management opportunities. With an MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University, you will have the opportunity to quickly take charge of your career and develop the skill set required to lead a nonprofit organization and have a far-reaching impact on your community.

Potential career options in nonprofit management may include:

  • Community Development Manager
  • Executive Director
  • Program director
  • Director of development
  • Volunteer manager
  • Program manager
  • Program specialist
  • Social Entrepreneur

Career positions may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.


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