MAIS Nonprofit Studies Degree Option

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Nonprofit Studies Degree Option

The Nonprofit Studies Degree Option integrates theory and research regarding organizational development; analyzes the social, cultural, economic and creative foundations of cultural management and policy; introduces the history, philosophy, organization, administration and practice of nonprofit organizations; and provides an overview of the best practices, systems and management principles underlying successful fundraising programs. This option requires students to develop a project during the internship. Students produce a demonstrable example of expertise and interest, such as a personnel manual, strategic plan or annual fund development plan.

Nonprofit Studies Student Learning Objectives

Students pursing the Nonprofit Studies Option will be able to:

  • Demonstrate leadership skills and knowledge in topics such as management of human resources (both paid and volunteer), fundraising, program evaluation, fiscal management and governance in nonprofit organizations;
  • Design projects, programs and/or policies that address community issues;
  • Negotiate the inevitable political and economic realities of providing social benefit to communities;
  • Create outcome-based logic models that are required for foundation funding, with a special emphasis on the local/regional level.

Nonprofit Studies Option Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements for students completing the Nonprofit Studies Option of the MAIS program:

Core Requirements

Methods Requirements

Two of the following (10 credits total):


Electives (10 credits)

10 credits of nonprofit electives to be determined in conjunction with your Nonprofit Studies committee.

Courses may be supportive of student research projects or theses.

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