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.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this online master’s in non-profit management and leadership 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.

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.

Find detailed information for the general specialization of this program, or all other specializations of this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

1Nonprofit employment statistics cited in the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies’ report, “Employment in America’s Charities: A Profile,” 2006.

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