Master of Science in Management: Nonprofit and Association Management

Nonprofit and Association Management Specialization

The Nonprofit and Association Management specialization is designed for current and potential managers of organizations in the nonprofit sector, including associations, development organizations, foundations, and political organizations. A thorough understanding of the sector is provided, with a special emphasis on management of nonprofit organizations; financial management; revenue generation and cost control issues; legal foundations and governance; recruitment and management of volunteers; approaches to promotion, marketing and fundraising; and outcome and process evaluation of nonprofits. Contemporary concerns such as organizational quality, diversity and ethics also are examined.

A thorough understanding of the sector is provided with a special emphasis on:

  • Civil society
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Financial management
  • Revenue generation
  • Cost control issues
  • Legal foundations
  • Recruitment and management of volunteers
  • Approaches to promotion, marketing and fundraising

Career Path

The MSM program prepares graduates for a number of entry-, mid-, and high- level positions, as determined by a student's work experience.

Depending on a student's background and an employer's criteria, graduates of the Nonprofit and Association Management specialization may qualify for these positions:

  • Board Member or Director
  • Executive positions such as: Executive Director, Executive Vice President
  • CEO
  • Professional Staff such as: Policy Analyst, Government Liaison
  • Director of Marketing and Development
  • Program Director
  • Membership Director
  • Technical Expert
  • Social entrepreneur (those desiring to found their own nonprofits)
  • Volunteering (skills, knowledge, and services to nonprofits or association)



Students who have not taken a finance course recently are strongly encouraged to take UCSP 620 prior to taking MGMT 640.

Students who have not had any recent statistics use should take UCSP 630 prior to taking MGMT 650.

Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take UCSP 605, Effective Graduate Writing (0).

Core Required Courses

UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study

  • MGMT 630 Organizational Theory and Behavior (6)
  • MGMT 640 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3)
  • MGMT 650 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3)

Note: As an alternative to MGMT 630, you may take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615.

Capstone Course

MGMT 670 Strategic Management Capstone (3)

Clustered Course Option

MGMT 630 Organizational Theory and Behavior in a Global Environment (6) is a six-credit course. Students who receive credit for MGMT 630 may not receive credit for MGMT 610 or MGMT 615.

Core Rules

  1. MGMT 630  (or MGMT 610) must be taken within the first 6 credits of the MS in Management program.
  2. Students must complete 24 credits, including other core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.
  3. MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be completed simultaneously.
  4. MGMT 640 is prerequisite to FIN 610 in the Financial Management specialization.

Nonprofit and Association Management (NPMN) Specialization Required Courses

  • NPMN 600 Nonprofit and Association Organizations and Issues (3)
  • NPMN 610 Nonprofit and Association Law and Governance (3)
  • NPMN 620 Nonprofit and Association Financial Management (3)
  • NPMN 640 Marketing, Development, and Public Relations in Nonprofit Organizations and Associations (3)
  • NPMN 650 Fundamentals of Association Management (3)
  • NPMN 655 Outcome and Process Evaluation Management (3)
  • NPMN 660 Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations and Associations (3)

Specialization Rules

Note: Some course titles and numbers were revised beginning with the fall 2007 semester. If you began your program prior to fall 2007 and have chosen to follow the pre-fall 2007 curriculum, please refer to the pre-fall 2007 Study Plan to determine your degree requirements.

* The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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