Fontbonne University

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6800 Wydown Blvd.
St. Louis
United States

About Us

Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational institution of higher learning offering undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and professional degree programs. Founded in 1923 and still sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the university embraces diversity and inclusion, and encourages open communication and personal concern. Nearly 3000 students - traditional aged and adult learners - benefit from high-quality academic programs offered in a values-based, student-centered environment. Fontbonne University seeks to educate students to think critically, to act ethically and to assume responsibility as citizens and leaders for a world in need.

M.A. in Human Environmental Sciences

The M.A. in HES provides a strong professional knowledge base to enhance skills in advocacy and leadership, enabling graduates to effectively meet the needs of individuals, families and communities in their local and global environments. There are two concentrations:

  • Child & Family Studies Concentration teaches the skills that can empower individuals and strengthen families. Through capacity building, graduates will be able to show others how to access necessary resources for themselves – an essential tool that can help families thrive. The program prepares individuals for a wide variety of careers in nonprofit and for-profit institutions that meet the health, wellness, food, shelter, clothing, financial, employment and literacy needs of those they serve.
  • Multidisciplinary Health Communication Studies Concentration teaches the skills to disseminate consumer-friendly health and science information to the public, helping people make beneficial lifestyle changes. Communication strategies are honed to deliver meaningful messages that motivate others to transform their behaviors. The program prepares individuals for a wide variety of careers in nonprofit and for-profit institutions that meet the wellness and health literacy needs of those they serve.

More information about the M.A. in Human Environmental Sciences can be found at or by contacting or (314) 889-1415.

M.S. in Nonprofit Management

The M.S. in NPM fuses essential principles and practices from the fields of business and nonprofit into one specialized curriculum. The program prepares graduates for the major responsibilities and challenges facing nonprofit leaders, better equipping them to bring about positive change. Wide-ranging social, legal, financial, organizational, and governance issues are presented to develop a solid understanding of the unique dynamics and complexities of nonprofits. Effective and relevant managerial skills are emphasized, as is the importance of advanced interpersonal skills to communicate and build relationships with a variety of constituents.

With a significant leadership deficit predicted for nonprofits over the next decade, this comprehensive program is designed for individuals seeking to advance their career in this specialty field and for others aspiring to transition into it. This program has five terms per year and eight-week evening courses that can be taken one or two at a time to fit the busy schedules of adult learners.

More information about the M.S. in Nonprofit Management can be found at or by contacting or (314) 863-2220.

For more information on any of Fontbonne's 60 undergraduate majors/minors (including family and child studies, human services, and social work) and nearly 20 graduate degree programs, visit our website at or call (800) 205-5862.