Nonprofit Organizations, MNO

Robert Fischer, Chair, Master of Nonprofit Organizations Program

Degree: Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO)

Program Overview

The Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) degree program prepares students interested in the nonprofit sector for management and leadership positions, by building their skills, competencies, knowledge and capacity. The MNO degree has five program educational objectives for its graduates: (1) to bring contextual understanding to managerial decision-making; (2) to develop, analyze and apply relevant data; (3) to inspire and engage volunteers and professionals in the creation and implementation of ethically-grounded strategies to advance organizational mission; (4) to develop and implement revenue generation strategies; and (5) to manage human and financial resources effectively, efficiently and ethically.

The full-time program consisting of thirty-nine (39) credit hours can be completed in twelve (12) months over three (3) consecutive semesters. The part-time program can be completed in 6 or more semesters with students taking 1-2 courses per term.


The curriculum will provide education that instills analytical skills, knowledge relevant to ethical and entrepreneurial decision-making, and expertise in acquiring and managing resources. Graduates will be trained to enhance organizational effectiveness, harness passion, dedication, and vision, make the best use of available resources and seek new resources. Graduates will gain hard and soft management skills and knowledge needed to address a wide range of issues confronting nonprofits and become professionals who work to influence political and social decisions, create stronger organizations, building the capacity, and advancing the mission.

Students accepted for the MNO degree program must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. They must have a record of excellent academic performance and potential evidenced by grade point average. Applicants with a GPA below 2.7 may be admitted conditionally. Students must also show evidence of a strong interest in the nonprofit sector through volunteer activities, internship experiences, or employment in a nonprofit organization.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will possess an understanding of financial resource acquisition, budgeting, financial management, control and transparency in nonprofit organizations (Financial Resource Development and Management).
  • Students will possess an understanding of the history, contributions, and unique characteristics of the nonprofit sector and its management (Foundations and Management of the Nonprofit Sector).
  • Students will possess an understanding of the role of stewardship and advocacy, and the responsibilities of the board of directors, staff and volunteers in the development of policies, procedures, and processes by which nonprofits operate and are held accountable (Governance, Leadership and Advocacy).
  • Students will possess an understanding of the basic laws, regulations and professional standards that govern nonprofit sector operations, including a basic knowledge of ethics and decision-making (Legal and Ethical Decision Making).
  • Students will possess skills in program design, implementation, and evaluation strategies applicable to nonprofit organizations (Program Development and Evaluation).
  • Students will possess the knowledge, skills, and techniques for managing volunteer and paid staff in nonprofit settings (Human Resource Management).
  • Students will possess the knowledge, attitudes and skills that nonprofit organizations use to understand, inform and influence their various constituencies (Communication, Marketing and Public Relations).
  • Students will possess the cultural competency preparation for professional practice in culturally diverse nonprofit settings (Cultural Competency and Diversity).