COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT


NPMT 8300 • Becoming an Effective Executive Director
This course will cover the unique environment that leaders and managers of nonprofits encounter. Topics covered include: Understanding your leadership style; leading volunteers, employee motivation and satisfaction, productivity and performance management.

NPMT 8301 • Professional Project
The student, along with the instructor, will determine a project that will be developed throughout the program. The final project will be presented formally to the instructor and fellow students through an online process for discussion and interaction. The project is to cover components addressed throughout the program and will emphasize effective and efficient management of a nonprofit organization. Students will follow the Action Research approach: Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Results, Discussion, and Presentation.
Prerequisite: NPMT 8300 or currently enrolled.

NPMT 8305 • Marketing for Nonprofits
This course will cover the various functions of marketing. It will address methods to effectively manage and implement a marketing budget and strategy.
Prerequisite: NPMT 8300.

NPMT 8307 • Talent, Volunteer and Diversity Management in Nonprofits
This course will cover the crucial factors of hiring volunteers and staff to support the nonprofit organizations functions. The course will also cover managing a diverse paid staff and volunteer personnel as the primary role of the executive director, including appropriate evaluation and promotion plans.
Prerequisite: NPMT 8300, NPMT 8305.

NPMT 8310 • Finance and Accounting for Nonprofits
Emphasizes the development of skills necessary for sound financial decision making within a nonprofit. Includes financial ratio analysis, capital budgeting, risk and return analysis and financial forecasting.
Prerequisite: NPMT 8300, NPMT 8305, NPMT 8307.

NPMT 8311 • Social Media and Information Technology for Nonprofits
This course will address the various uses of social media and information technology to support and promote the operations of nonprofit organizations. The specific types of social media and their application to inter- and intra-organizational communication, marketing, and planning will be discussed through case studies and qualitative research.
Prerequisite: NPMT 8300, NPMT 8305.

NPMT 8312 • Grant Writing and Fundraising for Nonprofits
This course will discuss the basics of grant writing and effective fundraising techniques specific to nonprofit organizations. Traditional and nontraditional methods of raising funds, as well as regulatory essentials, will augment the basics. 
Prerequisite: NPMT 8300, NPMT 8305, NPMT 8307, NPMT 8310, NPMT 8311.

NPMT 8314 • Quality and Risk Management of Nonprofits
Quality management principles and its application to effective risk management processes are presented with a variety of useful and up-to-date practices and methodologies. The Executive Director's role in designing, implementing and evaluating a nonprofit quality management program is emphasized, as is risk management's application to financial management budgetary controls and overall programmatic effectiveness. Prerequisite: NPMT 8300, NPMT 8305, NPMT 8307, NPMT 8310, NPMT 8311, NPMT 8312.

NPMT 8315 • Operations and Administration of Nonprofits
This course will address how to effectively integrate the numerous functional areas/activities of a non-profit, such as Human Resources, Finance, Operations, Marketing, etc.
Prerequisite: NPMT 8300, NPMT 8305, NPMT 8307, NPMT 8310, NPMT 8311, NPMT 8312, NPMT 8314.

NPMT 8320 • The Legal and Ethical Elements of Nonprofits
Legal and ethical study of business with the focus on the nonprofit sector. Specifically, the judicial system, cost of litigation vs. alternative dispute resolution techniques, and current issues at the federal and state level in areas such as contracts, torts, product liability, deceptive trade, property, business enterprises, electronic commerce, employment and international law. Focus on ethical dilemmas faced in today’s business environment.
Prerequisite: NPMT 8300, NPMT 8305, NPMT 8307, NPMT 8310, NPMT 8311, NPMT 8312, NPMT 8314, NPMT 8315.

NPMT 8322 • Board Governance
The essential elements of Board of Directors' composition, expected requirements, functions, and responsibilities are covered in this course. The importance of fiscal and fiduciary board members roles is addressed, as well as the interaction of an Executive Director with Board members through effective communication and delineating responsibilities of both entities. 
Prerequisite: NPMT 8300, NPMT 8305, NPMT 8307, NPMT 8310, NPMT 8311, NPMT 8312, NPMT 8314, NPMT 8315.

NPMT 8324 • Project Management, Change Management and Strategic Management for Nonprofits
An integrative capstone course to be taken in the final semester. Examines the role of top management in creating a vision for the enterprise and integrating resources to achieve a competitive advantage in carrying out its mission. Focuses on total enterprise objectives with societal values and a global economy.
Prerequisite: NPMT 8300, NPMT 8305, NPMT 8307, NPMT 8310, NPMT 8311, NPMT 8312, NPMT 8314, NPMT 8315.


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