Studying for a degree in Nonprofit Management at Regis

Regis University’s Master of Nonprofit Management degree is specifically designed to assist nonprofit professionals to become leaders within the ever changing and dynamic nonprofit sector.
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Master Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit Management Degree Overview

The Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) degree offers an academically rigorous, conceptually-based and applications oriented course of study for students interested in enhancing their leadership and management capabilities within the nonprofit sector. The MNM degree program prepares you to be an effective leader, exhibiting professional competency in integrating theory, experiences and social justice in an effort to promote the advancement of the sector. Both on-campus and online nonprofit management courses are offered.

Both students and faculty in the MNM degree program are experienced professionals representing the wide spectrum of nonprofit organizations. Courses include the full range of skills needed to serve the sector more effectively including financial management of nonprofit organizations, program development accountability, governance and organizational leadership.

An essential part of the Regis University mission is to work toward the service of humanity and the MNM degree strives to achieve this through the 36-credit-hours required to earn the degree and through the program's culmination in one of two capstone courses:

  • Professional Research Project – Involves the creation, development and evaluation of a product or program and is presented in a thesis-like format
  • Regis University Service Oriented Field Experience (SOFE) is a Master in Nonprofit Management Capstone project that offers adult students like you with cultural immersion, civic engagement and service exchange within a culture different than your own. During these 10-14 day educational service journeys led by MNM faculty members, you’ll learn how NPOs/NGOs meet the needs and challenges of humankind in those worlds.

Regis University's College for Professional Studies (CPS) is one of the few universities in the U.S. to offer both a campus-based and online Master of Nonprofit Management degree. The master degree program is designed to be completed in 24 months, taking one course at a time.

Compare the CPS online Master in Nonprofit Management degree to other similar degrees at http://www.collegechoicesforadults.org, a consortium for regionally-accredited, adult-serving distance education member institutions.

Total MNM Degree Requirements: 36 credit hours

  • Required courses: 27 credit hours
  • Electives: 6 credit hours (select 2 elective courses from the remaining MNM 600-level courses, other CPS graduate-level courses, or courses from the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions selected in consultation with your academic advisor.)
  • Capstone: 3 credit hours

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

MNM Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the master degree in nonprofit management at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 36.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Master of Nonprofit Management

Capstone

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(3SH)
3 Semester hours from:
MNM 697--Professional Project or
MNM 677E-W--Service Oriented Field Experience

Electives

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(6SH)
Complete 2 electives from MNM courses
or any other CPS graduate program

Leadership

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(3SH)
Take one of the following courses:
MNM 655- Leading from Within
MNM 684- Leadership & Organizational Development

MNM 601 - Hist/Theory/Future of Nonprofs

Examines origins and societal roles of nonprofit organizations in a global environment including social, political, economic, cultural and ideological issues. Addresses types and characteristics of nonprofit organizations, and trends and projections for the future of the third sector.

MNM 607 - Social Justice & the Nonprofit Sector

Focuses on developing a foundation for studying and developing critical thinking skills in the area of social justice. Examines the role of social justice in the third sector and its importance to current and future leaders. Investigates the role of globalization in and its impact on community development.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MNM*601

MNM 633 - Human Resource Leadership in NPO's

Examines the effective management of people working in nonprofit organizations. Includes hiring policies and practices, compensation, staff development, staff evaluation, collective bargaining, labor/management issues and equal employment opportunity. Considers the role of volunteers; how volunteers are recruited, organized and managed in non-profits.

MNM 644 - Financial Management of Nonprofit Orgnzt

Focuses on using financial information management for budgeting, finance and investment decision-making in nonprofit organizations. Topics includes acquisition, reporting, taxation, risk management and regulatory issues. Emphasizes unique problems of nonprofits in capital formation, generating earned income, managing endowments, gifts and tax planning.

MNM 647 - Program Development & Accountability

Designs, evaluates and analyzes programs through the utilization of research methods and best practices to determine the effectiveness of programs while at the same time providing accountability to the organization's mission. Utilizes evidence-based and other data to evaluate and develop techniques and strategies that can produce effective program measurement.

MNM 648 - Governance and Organizational Leadership

Examines accountabilities of nonprofit governance. Analyzes governing board and executive director roles in leading change, decision processes, and modeling ethical behaviors. Explores strategies which position organization for Third Sector leadership.

Pre-requisite: MNM*601 MNM*644

MNM 651 - Research Methods for Nonprofit Orgs

Focuses on various research techniques necessary for an effective investigation of social and organizational concerns in the nonprofit sector.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MNM*601 AND MNM*607;

MNM 670 - Financial Resource Development

Examines the principles, strategies and techniques of resource development. Topics include an overview of resource development from foundations, corporations, government and individuals, proposal writing and presentation, direct mail, conducting special events, and individual major gift programs.

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as courses. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

MNM 601 Hist/Theory/Future of Nonprofs (3.00)

Examines origins and societal roles of nonprofit organizations in a global environment including social, political, economic, cultural and ideological issues. Addresses types and characteristics of nonprofit organizations, and trends and projections for the future of the third sector.

MNM 607 Social Justice & the Nonprofit Sector (3.00)

Focuses on developing a foundation for studying and developing critical thinking skills in the area of social justice. Examines the role of social justice in the third sector and its importance to current and future leaders. Investigates the role of globalization in and its impact on community development.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MNM*601

MNM 633 Human Resource Leadership in NPO's (3.00)

Examines the effective management of people working in nonprofit organizations. Includes hiring policies and practices, compensation, staff development, staff evaluation, collective bargaining, labor/management issues and equal employment opportunity. Considers the role of volunteers; how volunteers are recruited, organized and managed in non-profits.

MNM 644 Financial Management of Nonprofit Orgnzt (3.00)

Focuses on using financial information management for budgeting, finance and investment decision-making in nonprofit organizations. Topics includes acquisition, reporting, taxation, risk management and regulatory issues. Emphasizes unique problems of nonprofits in capital formation, generating earned income, managing endowments, gifts and tax planning.

MNM 647 Program Development & Accountability (3.00)

Designs, evaluates and analyzes programs through the utilization of research methods and best practices to determine the effectiveness of programs while at the same time providing accountability to the organization's mission. Utilizes evidence-based and other data to evaluate and develop techniques and strategies that can produce effective program measurement.

MNM 648 Governance and Organizational Leadership (3.00)

Examines accountabilities of nonprofit governance. Analyzes governing board and executive director roles in leading change, decision processes, and modeling ethical behaviors. Explores strategies which position organization for Third Sector leadership.

Pre-requisite: MNM*601 MNM*644

MNM 651 Research Methods for Nonprofit Orgs (3.00)

Focuses on various research techniques necessary for an effective investigation of social and organizational concerns in the nonprofit sector.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MNM*601 AND MNM*607;

MNM 655 Leading From Within (3.00)

Explores the role of mindfulness in leadership. Investigates various practices that connect your beliefs and behaviors as it relates to your leadership.

MNM 670 Financial Resource Development (3.00)

Examines the principles, strategies and techniques of resource development. Topics include an overview of resource development from foundations, corporations, government and individuals, proposal writing and presentation, direct mail, conducting special events, and individual major gift programs.

MNM 677E-W Service Oriented Field Exp (SOFE): (3.00)

Examines the historical factors, political climate, and unique contributions of the nonprofit sector in a variety of different national and international settings through hands on experience. Students will travel in other countries and/or regions.

MNM 684 Leadership & Organizational Development (3.00)

Explores and analyzes the concept of systems thinking and how this paradigm creates new models of leadership for nonprofit organizations. Investigates a diverse range of ideas, strategies, and techniques that enable nonprofits to become learning organizations. Emphasizes student's capacity to provide sustained, creative leadership within their own nonprofit organization.

MNM 697 Professional Project (3.00)

Forms the capstone experience representing the creation, development, improvement or evaluation of a product or program or entails the writing of a thesis. Provides immediate applicability in a specific nonprofit agency or sector of the nonprofit world.

How to Apply

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Materials Needed for Application and Admission

Applicants seeking a Masters in Nonprofit Management degree from the College for Professional Studies must possess a baccalaureate degree in any field of study from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

Current or very recent significant engagement in a nonprofit organization (paid or volunteer) and/or access to a nonprofit's leadership team is required.

Applicants must demonstrate an ability to achieve graduate-level writing and critical analysis before admission to the Master of Nonprofit Management degree program.

  • Application: Completed graduate application form
  • Application fee: $75.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript within 30 days of the date of application. Official transcript must reflect a baccalaureate degree awarded from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. If official transcript is not received within 30 days you will be unable to register for future courses until the transcript is received. A complete file can be reviewed by faculty with a copy of the unofficial degree-bearing transcripts from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
  • Official transcript must be sent directly from your previously attended schools to the CPS Admission Office.
  • Current resume
  • Completed admission essay based on provided topics: Current or very recent significant engagement in a nonprofit organization (paid or volunteer) and/or access to a nonprofit's leadership team is required to provide the contextual praxis framework/filter for your learning process. You should carefully describe and assess your engagement in the third sector in the essay portion of the application. The MNM degree program is designed to facilitate the practical application of learned knowledge within the context of leadership practice in a nonprofit organization.
  • Faculty interview
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

Applications due two weeks prior to start date.

Application Deadlines*

Class Starts Application Deadline
Spring 8W2 - March 3, 2014 Feb. 17, 2014
Summer 8W1 - May 5, 2014 Apr. 21, 2014
Summer 8W2 - June 30, 2014 Jun. 16, 2014

*Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.

Tuition

Regis University Degree Tuition: Master of Nonprofit Management

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $17,175 36 $475 $75
Online $17,895 36 $495 $75

Directed study costs $495 per credit hour

Please note: Additional fees may apply to Regis University students. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information.