Washington University in St Louis

University College in cooperation with the Graduate School in Arts and Sciences

Nonprofit Management


One Brookings Drive / Campus Box 1079

Washington University

Saint Louis, MO 63130

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

A.M., Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management program is designed for working professionals currently employed in the nonprofit sector and also those who want to enter the field. The program provides a range of courses addressing the major responsibilities and challenges of nonprofit and human resources management, preparing students to work effectively in the field and to enhance the management skills of those seeking a career in related fields. Administered jointly by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and University College, the program is designed for working adults attending school on a part-time basis. Completion of the 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management applies to the Master's degree in Nonprofit Management, for those wishing to continue. Admission •Applicants must submit the following: •A completed Application for Graduate Admission form, including an essay of 300-400 words describing their interest in and qualifications for the program; •A nonrefundable $35 application fee; •Official transcripts of all previous college work (undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate); (University College can request the transcript(s) on your behalf, click here for the transcript release form) •Three academic or corporate letters of recommendation; (click here for reference form) •A personal interview is recommended. Admission Time Line University College and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences review completed applications and make admissions decisions on a rolling basis. The process typically takes four to six weeks, and so we urge applicants to submit their materials by the following schedule in order to ensure a timely decision: mid-November for spring; mid-April for summer; mid-July for fall. If you plan to apply for federal financial aid, please note that this process can take six to eight weeks. It is suggested that applicants begin by completing their FAFSA at the time of application. For additional information about Financial Aid and step-by-step Financial Aid application instructions, click here. Qualified students may take up to six units on a non-degree basis. To do so, fill out and submit this Graduate Unclassified Study Program Application form. A maximum of 6 credits of related and comparable graduate-level course work may be transferred from another university or from a related graduate program at Washington University with the approval of the program director. These must be graduate-level units not used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. Transfer credit may be granted only for authorized courses for which the student received a grade of B or higher. Degree Requirements The Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management consists of 36 credit units of graduate course work in a combination of non-profit management and human resources management courses, of which 27 credit units are required courses: 27 units required course work: •U76 507 Management in Nonprofit Organizations •U76 508 Resource Development for Nonprofit Organizations •U76 510 Statistics & Research Design •U76 514 Integrated Capstone Project in Nonprofit Management •U76 520 Organizational Behavior and Administration •U76 521 History and Development of the Nonprofit Sector •U76 525 Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations •U76 531 Human Resources Management •U76 570 Legal Issues Impacting Nonprofit Organizations •The remainder of courses (9 credits total) are nonprofit-related electives of the student's choice. The Nonprofit Master's Program does not require a final examination or research project. However, maintenance of a grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required.


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