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Degree overview: Nonprofit management

Nonprofit organizations—broadly described—operate to achieve missions that serve the common good. Graduate study in the field of nonprofit management focuses on the development of leadership skills for nonprofit managers and provides education in areas such as general operations, human resources, strategies, and fund development.

Students of nonprofit management also develop proficiency in other matters such as nonprofit legal issues, organizational development, donor relations, financial management and fundraising, volunteer and human resource management, and program evaluation, to name a few competencies. Many nonprofit management programs have a theoretical component, and most programs also rely on experiential learning as a vital element of a graduate student's education.