Course Descriptions for MA in Nonprofit Management
HUM 6301 Principles of Nonprofit Marketing
Explores the trends and issues affecting the marketing of non-profit organizations, with a particular focus on arts and humanities institutions. Topics include marketing planning, market segmentation and positioning, branding, launching new offerings, marketing communications, public advocacy, and evaluation. May include analysis of marketing materials as well as readings on marketing theory and case studies.
HUM 6302 Principles of Nonprofit Finance
Financial management is a central function of successful non-profit management. It is the foundation in which human, physical and financial resources are maintained and monitored. Non-profit managers are the source of financial information to both internal and external stakeholders and successful financial analysis is essential for sound strategic planning and governance. This course guides students through key topics of financial management including accounting practices, interpreting financial statements, creating mission-driven budgets, analyzing cash-flow, and cost-benefit analyses.
POLS 6190 - Special Topics in Nonprofits
This course is a one hour workshop in nonprofit management. In face to face offerings students will be required to commit to attending the weekend workshop on the specific course dates and times. The topic will change based on industry demands and student interest. Prior to each workshop, students may be required to prepare readings assigned in advance. This course may be taken up to three times when topic varies. Students may not repeat the course for credit unless under a different topic.
POLS 6306 Government Lobbying and Advocacy
This course is an introduction to the interaction between interest groups and policymaking. The course focuses on lobbying and advocacy efforts, strategies, and tactics that interest groups, nongovernmental organizations, and nonprofits pursue in order to achieve favorable policy outcomes.
POLS 6310 Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations
This course is designed to identify and develop leadership skills that will help nonprofit organizations prosper. The course will highlight the importance of teambuilding, integrity, creativity, and leadership change in leading a nonprofit organization. The course will incorporate the use of social media, technology and data in decision making and communicating. Students will conduct three case studies of nonprofit organizations with different levels of leadership.
POLS 6311 Program Assessment and Evaluation
This highly experiential course takes an in-depth look at program assessment and evaluation in nonprofit organizations. The course will teach assessment and evaluation strategies in a variety of organizational structures. The course will also provide basic statistical analysis and utilize statistical analysis to enhance the efficiency of the organizations. It will also include analysis of the value of assessment and evaluation in the nonprofit sector and the areas in the nonprofit sector where assessment and evaluation can enhance the efficiency and success of the organization.
POLS 6312 Resourcing the Nonprofit Organization
This course will introduce students to the principles of development and branding. Students will work in teams to prepare case statements, marketing plan and strategy, and a fundraising schedule for an actual or mock nonprofit to generate revenue. The course will address the methods for successful funding of nonprofit organizations.
POLS 6313 Governance, the Volunteer Board and Organizational Behavior
Students will understand the relationship between volunteer boards and the nonprofit organization, its staff and its functions. The course will address relevant questions in board development. A distinction will be made between governance and management. Topics addressed will include the role of board members in developing and upholding bylaws, assisting in fundraising, serving on committees, accountability, and the interaction between staff and board members.
POLS 6317Ethical Issues in Public Administration
This course takes an in depth look at the role of ethics in the political, public, and nonprofit sector. It will cover classical ethical decision making theories, decision making by individuals and organizations dealing with the public, and decision making by individuals within public and nonprofit organizations. Topics will include ethical dilemmas and situations in transparency, accountability, performance evaluation, whistle blowing, and fund raising.
POLS 6318 Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sector
This course is designed to prepare students with the comprehensive knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage organizations in the nonprofit and public sector. It will review areas essential to administering in such organizations such as the communication, supervision, and motivation of volunteers and employees. It will also cover management issues including those that are unique to nonprofit and public affairs organizations including hiring and firing practices, documentation, ethics, principal-agent issues, and volunteer motivation and retention. In addition the course will show the student how to run a productive and efficient organization when financial profit is not the end goal.
POLS 6319 Law and Legal Considerations for Nonprofit Organizations
This course will provide students with a comprehensive seminar in the application of law in the nonprofit sector. In specific, this course will familiarize students with legal aspects that impact the functioning of a nonprofit, focusing on the legal formation of a nonprofit and applicable employment law issues. This course will address how nonprofits have been impacted by, and how they can impact, American institutions and culture.
BUS 6331 Strategic Planning in Nonprofit Sector
This experiential course introduces students to strategic planning in nonprofit sector. This will allow students to ascertain the importance of planning and decision making, the difference between types of planning; situational analysis and asset mapping; creation of mission, vision and core value statements; and the development and management of a complete strategic plan. Overall, the course will address the importance of strategic thinking, change management and leadership.
BUS 6332 Management of Nonprofit Organizations
This experiential course is designed to expose the students to comprehensive knowledge and skills for managing today’s nonprofit organizations. It will review areas essential to effective leadership of today’s nonprofit organization such as methods of developing, supervising, motivating, and recognizing volunteers and staff; communicating effectively within an organization; staff-volunteer relations; and stress, conflict, crisis management, and social responsibility. Managers in nonprofit organizations face the challenge of working with both paid and unpaid stakeholders in the organization's future. It will also explore HRM topics such as legal employment issues, recruiting and hiring practices, diversity in the workplace, compensation and benefits, performance appraisal, and discipline.
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BUS 6333 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
The field of negotiation and conflict resolution has developed from diverse fields of knowledge such as psychology, law, and organizational behavior. This experiential course covers the concepts involved in the process of negotiations and conflict resolution. Negotiation strategies and techniques, methods of communication and persuasion, and formation of a negotiation plan are covered in this class. The course also includes practical exercises and mock negotiation situations.
BUS 6336 or BUS 6314 Budgeting and Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations
This experiential course develops a comprehensive analysis of accounting for nonprofit organizations. Students will prepare, interpret and use financial statements that comply with accepted principles of accounting. Topics will include financial measuring and reporting assets, and revenue recognition.
SOS 6331 Grant Writing for Nonprofit Management
Practice in writing and editing a series of proposals of varying scope and complexity. The course will cover identifying funding sources; grant proposal evaluation; writing need statements, letters of intent, outlines, goals, and objectives; and creating and justifying a budget.
ENG 6303 Public Relations and Media
Design, planning, and preparation of proposals of varying scope, complexity and type primarily for non-profits. The course will cover identifying possible funding sources; designing and evaluating grant proposals; preparing need and narrative statements, letters of intent, outlines, goals, and objectives; creating and justifying a budget, evaluation, including social impact, feasibility, and organizational and program sustainability.
ENG 6312 Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Communication
Helps students identify and address the ethical challenges that occur in private, social, and professional contexts. Focus on real world ethical dilemmas with diverse approaches to decision making using ethical reasoning and applied ethics. Legal considerations will include first amendment issues such as freedom of speech and press, copyright, libel, privacy, access, administrative law of advertising and broadcasting, and other legal problems in professional writing situations.
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ENG 6323 Communications and Technology
Acquaints students with various computer software programs and their applications to specific disciplines such as criminal justice, medical and science writing and technical communication. Projects include documents as well as slide presentations incorporating analyzed research data. Students will expand their knowledge rhetorical principles and techniques for reporting statistical analyses and conveying them to specialized audiences.
SOS 6310 Volunteers in the Nonprofit Sector
Nonprofit managers are often called upon to be recruiters, trainers, organizers, and supervisors of a volunteer workforce. Volunteers should assist managers in realizing organizational goals. This will be a practical course designed to give course participants a toolbox to accomplish the tasks of volunteer recruitment, training, retention, recognition, risk assessment, and evaluation.
POLS 6314 Leadership Trends/Topics in NonProfit Organizations
This course is designed to identify and develop specialized leadership skills that will help nonprofit organizations prosper. The course will highlight key trends, topics, and issues that focus on the development nonprofit organization. The course will be divided into modules with each focused on a particular trend in nonprofit leadership. Modules will include Human Resources and Team Building, Development of Organizational Culture, Ethics and Ethical dilemmas in Non profit Organizations, Public Policy and Government Affairs in Nonprofits, and Fundraising and Social Entrepreneurship. Other topical issues will be added as needed. The course will incorporate the use of social media, technology and data in decision making and communicating. Students will also work in teams and existing nonprofits to experientially learn key topics.
POLS 6680 Internship in Nonprofit Management
This six hour course offers students the opportunity to introduce their skills to the nonprofit world in an internship environment. Interns work 240 hours per semester in a pre-approved internship setting. Interns will complete academic assignments related to their internship and have their performance evaluated by their supervisor and instructor.
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