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The Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) at DePaul University prepares students interested in nonprofit management to serve the common good and advance a just society, in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul. The MNM builds competencies in leadership, management, ethics and advocacy, reflecting the areas of study important to today’s nonprofit professional.

Integrating best practices in nonprofit management with DePaul’s rich, globally focused curriculum, the MNM degree was designed specifically to correspond with the curriculum goals of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Core Requirements 40
Electives Requirements 12
Total hours required 52

The Master of Nonprofit Management may also be expanded to include select graduate certificate programs covering particular areas of interest. Students participating in a combined NMN/certificate program should consult with their academic advisor (SPSAdvising@depaul.edu) to determine what coursework might count toward both programs. A separate application process for the certificate may be required. Students who are interested in any of the following combination programs should contact the Graduate Student Services Office for additional information.

  • Nonprofit Management + Community Development Certificate
  • Nonprofit Management + Critical Ethnic Studies Certificate
  • Nonprofit Management + Emergency Management Administration Certificate
  • Nonprofit Management + Geographic Information Systems Certificate
  • Nonprofit Management + Global Health Certificate
  • Nonprofit Management + Health Care Administration Certificate 
  • Nonprofit Management + Metropolitan Planning and Development Certificate
  • Nonprofit Management + Strategic Writing and Advancement for Nonprofits Certificate
  • Nonprofit Management + Social Research Certificate
  • Nonprofit Management + Sustainable Urban Food Systems Certificate
  • Nonprofit Management + Translation and Interpreting Certificate
  • Nonprofit Management + Women's and Gender Studies Certificate

Learning Outcomes

​Students will be able to:

  • Explain relevant issues in the non-profit sector to target audiences in appropriate written and oral formats.
  • Apply an ethical framework in making an organizational decision on a current moral dilemma.
  • Demonstrate the specific managerial and technical skillsets evident in the non-profit sector, including finance, the management of volunteers, fundraising, and advocacy.
  • Apply the leadership and strategic planning skills essential to managing non-profit organizations. 
  • Demonstrate their research competencies through a multi-step self-assessment process.

Degree Requirements

Students complete 13 courses (52 credit hours). Ten courses (40 credit hours) of core course work and three courses (12 credit hours) of electives are required.

​Required Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
MPS 500INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE MANAGEMENT4
MPS 508INTRODUCTION TO NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT4
MPS 515NONPROFIT FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION4
MPS 519RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT4
MPS 522FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT4
MPS 533APPLIED STATISTICS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE (USING EXCEL)4
or MPS 536 APPLIED STATISTICS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE (USING SPSS)
MPS 546ADVOCACY AND LOBBYING4
MPS 583RESEARCH METHODS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE4
MPS 593INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR4
MPS 594ETHICAL LEADERSHIP IN PUBLIC SERVICE4

Internship Capstone Option

Students may choose to replace MPS 593 with MPS 610 Internship Capstone option. 

Electives

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select three from the following:12
CROSS-SECTOR ANALYSIS
VOLUNTEERISM IN GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETY
MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
VALUES-CENTERED LEADERSHIP
LEADERSHIP IN PUBLIC SERVICE
GROUP DYNAMICS FOR LEADERS
MARKETING FOR SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
WORKING WITH NONPROFIT BOARDS
BEHAVIORAL STRATEGIES FOR PUBLIC SERVICE
FOUNDATION MANAGEMENT
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING
ANALYSIS OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
LAW AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
STUDY ABROAD SEMINAR
INDEPENDENT STUDY
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNSHIP
SPECIAL TOPICS
MANAGEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL NGOs
GRANT AND PROPOSAL WRITING

Internship Option

Students can opt to complete an internship or professional development experience. The student would enroll in MPS 601 for course credit, which will be applied to the MNM degree by the student's adviser. Contact SPSAdvising@depaul.edu for more details.

Student Handbook

​Students in the School of Public Service will follow many of the requirements, rules, and regulations set by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the DePaul University Graduate Handbook. There are additional academic regulations specific to students in the School of Public Service. Please see information below.

Academic Probation

All students within the School of Public Service must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher as part of their requirements for graduation. As a result, any student who earns a cumulative GPA below 2.7 (B-) is placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation are required to meet with the Assistant Director for Academic Advising to discuss their performance and determine a plan for improvement.

Dismissal

Students who are not able to raise their cumulative GPA to a minimum of 2.7 within two academic quarters (after being placed on academic probation) are subject to dismissal from the program.

Readmission

If a student is dismissed from the program (as outlined in the dismissal policy), he or she may reapply through the formal admission application process.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the program, students must complete all program requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher.  If a student's cumulative GPA is below a 2.7, he or she may be denied graduation.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

While School of Public Service courses are open to non-degree seeking graduate students, pre-requisite requirements for certain courses may be enforced.