Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit organizations help strengthen our communities by enhancing our quality of life and assisting the disadvantaged. The MPA@UNC nonprofit management concentration can provide you with the knowledge and skills essential to a career in leading and managing organizations in the nonprofit sector.

What Can I Do in Nonprofit Management With a Master of Public Administration Degree?

Between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. increased 25 percent. Nonprofit organizations are now looking for qualified professionals to take on the leadership roles that have emerged as a result of this rapid growth. The MPA@UNC program with a focus in nonprofit management can prepare you to grow your existing career in:


In the nonprofit management area of focus of the online MPA graduate program, you will gain a mastery of the unique governance, funding, and tax structures that characterize the nonprofit realm. Explore the history and theoretical foundation for public policy and management in the nonprofit sector and the unique challenges faced by nonprofit managers. Coursework examines principles of effective management of nonprofits and program and policy evaluation. You will also gain practical skills and strategies related to preparing grant applications and fundraising for nonprofit organizations.

Students who want to pursue a concentration in Nonprofit Management must complete at least 9 credits from the listing of electives below, or other elective courses as approved by your Academic Advisor:

  • Nonprofit Management
  • Navigating Nonprofit-Local Government Relations in Organizations
  • Government and Nonprofit Accounting and Reporting
  • Grant Writing