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NonProfit & Public Management Concentration

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Concentration Description

The Nonprofit and Public Management concentration offers an understanding of management’s role in a non-profit setting and of the nonprofit/public sector’s role in society. Students learn to work more effectively with people from diverse cultures and build consensus. They learn to create and administer budgets, read and interpret financial reports, and the importance of financial planning. They learn how to work with boards, donors and government agencies and are introduced to the basics of grant and proposal writing.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to the broad management skills and current practices gained from the degree program, students will acquire:

  • A deeper understanding of the non-profit/public sector’s role in society
  • The ability to manage and work more effectively with diverse groups of people, inspire teamwork and morale, and build consensus
  • Skills to create and administer a budget, read and interpret financial statements
  • The ability to work more effectively with boards, donors and government agencies
  • The knowledge to write grant proposals


The nonprofit sector is expected to grow and provide job opportunities at all levels for qualified candidates. Mid-level positions are often staffed from within the organization, and graduates will increase their chances for promotion. Typical job titles include:

  • Program associate or manager
  • Project manager
  • Development associate or manager
  • Client relations manager/supervisor
  • Human resources manager
  • Executive director


Required Courses
Budgeting and Finance for Nonprofit and Public Organizations
MMG 727 3 credit(s)
Pre-requisite: MMG 514 or equivalent. This course provides an introduction to the basic financial accounting systems used in nonprofit and public organizations. It also focuses on how to use the financial and program data to effectively analyze the costs associated with programs and services provided by the organization. The final area to be covered will be budget preparation and monitoring. The politics of the budgeting process will be examined. By the conclusion of the course the student will be able to effectively participate in the financial decision-making within his or her organization.
Strategic Planning for NonProfit Organizations
MMG 760 3 credit(s)

This course is structured as a live case study. Students will learn through lectures the skills necessary to collect, analyze, and develop recommendations to support a nonprofit organization’s strategic plan. Working in cross-functional teams, students will work with a real-life client and be responsible to prepare their strategic plan over the semester. Topics include: aligning mission, vision and values, performing an environmental scan, analyzing financial statements, building an organizational capacity plan, and improving leadership throughout the organization.

Elective Courses - choose two
  • Choose MMG 750 or MMG 770, and
  • Choose two MBA electives or organizational leadership courses, and
  • Choose one 1-credit course
Business, Government and Ethics
MMG 750 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG511, MMG512. This course explores the ethical environment of business and the ongoing relationship between business, government and society. Topics include the development of government regulations and the impact of regulations and likely future developments with an emphasis on ethical considerations.
Grant Writing and ResourceDevelopment
MMG 770 3 credit(s)
This course covers the preparation of proposals to state, federal and local agencies, corporations and private foundations. Students will learn how to prepare successful, competitive grant proposals and realistic, effective project-based budgets. The course will take students step-by-step through each stage of the proposal presentation process from research techniques to polishing the finished product. Best practices in funding research, planning and presentation will be covered. By the end of the course, students will have a prorotype suitable for submission to a funder.