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Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy (MS) Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy program are expected to demonstrate achievement in all areas of the program. Specifically, graduates of the program are expected to:

  • Articulate an understanding of the history, theory, scope, unique role, and significance of philanthropy, voluntarism, and nonprofit sector organizations within the North American and global context;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the standards and codes of conduct that are appropriate to professionals and volunteers in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector;
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the various technical, functional, and operational areas of a nonprofit organization and be able to apply this knowledge to organizational practice and planning;
  • Describe the history, role, and function of governance and executive leadership in achieving the mission and vision of nonprofit organizations;
  • Understand and adhere to the appropriate legal, financial, and ethical frameworks under which nonprofit organizations operate and are regulated;
  • Apply appropriate analytic methods to management problems in a nonprofit organizational context and design solutions to problems;
  • Analyze, design, implement, maintain, and evaluate problems/solutions in the key nonprofit functional areas including fundraising, planning, financial management, board governance, volunteer management, and information management;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role and function of financial literacy and stewardship in the effective oversight and management of nonprofit organization resources; and
  • Apply financial management and revenue generation principles and concepts in the nonprofit organizational context