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Top Rated Masters Degrees in Nonprofit Management

By: Brittany Engelmann-- 2017-03-14 7:00 am --

A Master of Nonprofit Management, while not necessary to work in the nonprofit sector, can be a great way to take your career to the next level. Masters programs teach students the business side of running a nonprofit, and offer the opportunity to concentrate in a particular area of organizational management.

With an advanced degree, you’ll be qualified to work in any nonprofit organization in a variety of jobs such as fundraising, program management or policy analysis.

According to Best College Reviews.org, “nonprofit management positions will grow by 10% through 2024”. When you couple this with the nonprofit sector currently making up 10% of the US workforce, it’s easy to see that jobs working with nonprofit organizations aren’t disappearing anytime soon and afford room for professional growth.

If you’re looking for a Masters in Nonprofit Management program, here are 3 top rated programs for you to consider.

Indiana University-Bloomington

US News and World Report ranks Indiana University-Bloomington at the top of their list. Located in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, this program has a 40 year history of excellence in Public Affairs Education.

What sets this program apart is the opportunity for dual degrees: Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Science in Environmental Science or Master of Arts in Arts Administration. In addition to a dual degree option, students can pick from 12 concentrations to prepare for public service, policy analysis or environmental advocacy.

Northeastern University

Ranked #1 by multiple sources, including The Best Schools.org, Northeastern University consistently receives high ranks among Master of Nonprofit Management programs.

The Northeastern University program begins with a core curriculum that provides a foundation in management, covering subjects such as financial management, organizational leadership and governance, fundraising and grant writing.

The program also offers a variety of concentrations for students: Global Studies, Human Services, Leadership, Organizational Communication, Social Media and Online Communities, or Sports and Social Change, giving students the opportunity to dig deep into their chosen area of interest.

Louisiana State University-Shreveport

The M.S. in Nonprofit Administration from Louisiana State University-Shreveport makes the list due to the affordable price tag (tuition is just $4,672 per year), course work can be done completely online, and the university has been recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for excellence.

Students complete a core curriculum covering key aspects of nonprofit management including philanthropy, administrative law, human resources, and financial management, plus students can choose from a development or administration track.

Louisiana State University-Shreveport is also home to the Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research, whose mission is to “conduct research and disseminate knowledge about nonprofit organizations and social research.”

Dedicated to aiding the nonprofit community through education, the Institute offers a variety of programs for every career level, including credit and non-credit programs, online and offline. Programs include Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program, the Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration, and a Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Administration, making this a great pick for a masters program.

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