Put yourself on the path to an executive director position with a master's degree in management with a specialization in nonprofit and association management.

The Master of Science in management with a specialization in nonprofit and association management from University of Maryland University College can help you learn to successfully direct an organization in the nonprofit sector. Whether you're in an association, development organization, foundation, or political organization, you'll learn the latest governance strategies, as well as the foundations of solid financial management and leadership to help your organization fulfill its mission.

About the Management Master's Degree with Nonprofit and Association Management Specialization

Your courses in the nonprofit and association management specialization will provide you with a thorough understanding of the nonprofit sector, with courses in nonprofit management, financial management, revenue generation and cost control, law and governance, as well as approaches to promotion, marketing, and fundraising.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Manage finances and generate revenue for a nonprofit organization
  • Analyze legal and governance-related issues
  • Recruit and manage volunteers
  • Promote, market, and fundraise for a nonprofit organization
  • Measure outcomes and processes
  • Develop a leadership style and strategy

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams

Certified Associate Executive

Management Master's Degree with Nonprofit and Association Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

We also recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.


Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • You can take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 instead of MGMT 630.
  • MGMT 630 or MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits.
  • MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be taken at the same time.
  • If you don't have recent statistics experience, take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650.
  • If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640.

Specialization Courses

  • NPMN 600
  • NPMN 610
  • NPMN 620
  • NPMN 640
  • NPMN 650
  • NPMN 655
  • NPMN 660

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • NPMN 600 must be taken as the first specialization course.
  • It is recommended that you take NPMN 650 before NPMN 655.

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must complete 24 credits, including all core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
 

Student Clubs and Organizations

Business and Management Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

This club allows students to network and discuss their shared interests with one another and their faculty members, enabling them to learn more about the field.