Nonprofit Management and Leadership
School/College: College of Letters and Science and Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business
- Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership
The College of Letters and Science and the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business offer and present jointly the Master of Science (M.S.) in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. The program is designed to provide students with the essential theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to be successful in managing and leading nonprofit sector organizations.
- (Professors' home departments appear in parentheses)
- Ihrke, Douglas, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University (Political Science)
- Lee, Mordecai, Ph.D., Syracuse University (Political Science)
- Martin, Larry, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Administrative Leadership)
- Peracchio, Laura, Ph.D., Northwestern University (Business)
- Ragins, Belle Rose, Ph.D., University of Tennessee (Business)
- Associate Professors
- Akdere, Mesut, Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (Administrative Leadership)
- Bohte, John, Ph.D., Texas A+M University (Political Science)
- Freeman, Sarah, Ph.D., University of Michigan (Business)
- Padgett, Deborah, Ph.D., Washington University (Social Work)
- Singh, Romila, Ph.D., Drexel University (Business)
- Assistant Professors
- Andersson, Fredrik, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City (Public Affairs and Entrepreneurship)
- Chikoto, Grace, Ph.D., Georgia State University & Georgia Institute of Technology (Public Policy)
- Neely, Daniel, Ph.D., University of Houston (Business)
Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership
To be admitted to the M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership degree program, an applicant must meet Graduate School requirements.
During the admissions process, students will be asked to show evidence of having satisfactorily completed undergraduate or higher level foundation coursework in the principles of accounting and economics. Those students who are unable to show such evidence may be admitted with these academic deficiencies but will then meet with their respective academic advisors to identify and obtain approval for what they must do to remove these deficiencies.
The student is expected to satisfy deficiency requirements within three enrolled semesters. The deficiencies are monitored by the Graduate School and the individual graduate program unit. No course credits earned in making up deficiencies may be counted as program credits required for the degree.
Applicants must submit the following for review by the Graduate School and the Nonprofit Management Program Faculty Committee:
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended.
- Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic ability and/or professional achievements.
- Scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
- For those students whose native language is not English, minimum TOEFL score (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 550 PBT or 79 iBT or minimum IELTS score (International English Language Testing System) of 6.5.
- Each student's academic preparation is evaluated at the time of application. A personal interview may be required.
Major Professor as Advisor
The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student's studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. A student who is not assigned to an advisor at the time of admission should immediately contact the Program Director.
Credits and Courses
The M. S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership degree requires satisfactory completion of 39 credits of graduate-level course work including 27 credit-hours of required or "constrained choice" courses and 12 credit-hours of elective courses as follows:
Required Courses (27 Credits)
- Introductory Course (3 cr)
- One of the following three courses (students may not receive credit toward the degree for more than one of these courses)
- BusMgmt 718 Concepts and Practice of Nonprofit Management
- Nonprof 789 Theory and Role of Nonprofit Organizations
- Nonprof/Pol Sci/Sociol/Urb Std 704 Seminar in Nonprofit Organizations
- Core Courses (21 cr)
- BusMgmt 721 Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
- BusMgmt 724 Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations
- BusMgmt 725 Governance and Executive Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations
- Nonprof/Pub Adm 792 Decision-Making Methods for Nonprofit and Public Organizations
- Nonprof/Pol Sci 793 Law of Nonprofit Organizations
- One of the following three courses:
- Bus Adm 766 Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
- Nonprof/Pol Sci 705 Professionals and Volunteers in Nonprofit Organizations
- Nonprof/Pol Sci 791 Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy
- One of the following eight courses:
- Ad Ldsp 777 Leadership in Multicultural Organizations
- Bus Adm 441 Diversity in Organizations
- Bus Adm 733 Organizational Development
- BusMgmt 706 Managing in a Dynamic Environment
- BusMgmt 707 Information Technology Management in Contemporary Businesses
- Nonprof 785 Managing Change in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
- Sociol 920 Seminar in Race and Ethnic Relations
- Capstone Course (3 cr)
- BusMgmt 730 Strategic Management and Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations
- This course will serve as the integrative "capstone" requirement for the program and must be taken after completing all other required courses (or concurrently with the final required courses).
Elective Courses (12 Credits)
Additional courses may be approved as electives; see program office for information.
- Ad Ldsp 777 Leadership in Multicultural Organizations (if not selected above)
- Bus Adm 441 Diversity in Organizations (if not selected above)
- Bus Adm 733 Organizational Development (if not selected above)
- Bus Adm 737 Managerial Decisions and Negotiations
- Bus Adm 738 Human Resources Management
- Bus Adm 766 Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations (if not selected above)
- BusMgmt 706 Managing in a Dynamic Environment (if not selected above)
- BusMgmt 707 Information Technology for Competitive Advantage (if not selected above)
- BusMgmt 709 Analytic Models for Managers
- BusMgmt 710 Economic Analysis for Managers
- BusMgmt 715 Leadership, Teambuilding, and Effective Management
- Nonprof/Pol Sci 705 Professionals and Volunteers in Nonprofit Organizations (if not selected above)
- Pol Sci/Pub Adm 769 Analyzing and Evaluating Public Policies and Programs
- Nonprof/Pol Sci 791 Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy (if not selected above)
- Nonprof 785 Managing Change in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (if not selected above)
- Sociol 443 Organizations, Occupations, and Professions
- Sociol 920 Race and Ethnic Relations (if not selected above)
- Soc Wrk 794 Evaluation of Programs (2 crs)
- Urb Std 720 Theory and Method in Local Economic Development
- Urb Std 725 Methods of Urban Community Development
Total Degree Credits Required: 39 Credit Hours
The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment.
Descriptions of required and elective courses offered at UWM as part of the M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership can be found under the respective curricular areas (see below).