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Master of Public Administration

nonprofit concentration - mpa degree plan

Advisors: Angela Eikenberry & Tara Bryan

Thirteen courses (39 graduate credit hours) are required for the MPA degree. Students complete the program by first taking the beginning core courses, then taking specialization courses. As students complete their concentration courses, they complete the ending core courses.

Note: Click on a course name to view a sample syllabi, if available. Please note that these syllabi are generic and should not be considered the final syllabi for any specific term or section of this course. Contact the instructor with any questions.

Beginning Core:


Ending Core:


Required courses (6 credits)

PA 8550 Introduction to the Non-Profit Sector
PA 8896 Nonprofi t Budgeting and Financial Management or
PA 8480 Public Finance Administration

Elective courses (9 credits)

PA 8106 Marketing for Aviation, Public and Nonprofi t Organizations
PA 8710 Fundraising for Nonprofi t Organizations
PA 8580 Nonprofit Human Resource Management
PA 8596 Techniques and Topics in Nonprofit Management*
PA 8930 Negotiation Skills Management
PA 8206 Community Organizing and Social Change
PA 8520 Grantwriting
PA 8110 Management Information Systems
PA 8990 Capstone Project (Students admitted Fall 2011 and beyond will complete the Capstone Project as an ending core course.)

*Note: PA 8596, Techniques and Topics in Nonprofit Management, may be taken twice for credit (3 credits each time) if the content of the two semesters is different.

Other courses from other fields of study where nonprofit organizations are active may be included for elective credits. Examples include health specialization courses, courses in fine arts administration, museum studies, and social work. Check with your advisor to determine if a class offered outside the department can be included in your degree program.

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