Core Course Descriptions

Master of Noprofit Management

PAD 6142 – Introduction to Nonprofit Management
This is a multi-disciplinary course examining the historical, political, legal, ethical and societal environments in which nonprofit organizations operate. The course is a survey of some of the major contemporary public policy issues facing nonprofit organizations. The focus is on those nonprofit institutions that are considered to be public-serving, i.e., dedicated to serving the public at large as opposed to member-serving institutions.

PAD 6143 – Public Policy and Nonprofit Organizations
This course examines how public policy has affected and continues to affect the behavior of nonprofit organizations. It also looks at how nonprofits seek to influence the public policy process. The interaction action includes the role of volunteerism, civic action, community activism. Students will discuss the role of civic leadership and advocacy and its impact on public policy decisions.

PAD 6165 – Legal and Ethical Issues in Nonprofit Organizations
This course is designed to examine in detail the legal issues confronting nonprofit corporations. The emphasis of this course is a review of the laws pertaining to nonprofit organizations, focusing on structure, management, behavior and accountability. The course is designed from the prospective of the board of trustees and its fiduciary responsibilities established by law and by the ethical expectations of the society for Board members to act on behalf of the public interest.

PAD 6206 – Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
This course examines the history, principles, and practical application of resource development and capital campaigns; the ethical responsibilities of professional fundraising; and, the fundamental techniques of fundraising among individuals, corporations, foundations, and public donors.

PAD 6233 – Grantwriting and Project Management
Practical considerations in obtaining funds for delivery of services to client groups, covering local, national, foundation, corporate and state funding environments. Emphasis will be on social, human, and justice services. Coverage includes need analysis, program planning, budgeting, program evaluation, primary and secondary data, and other technical tools; and issues of politics, partnering, persuasion and presentation.

PAD 6260 Financial Management for Nonprofit Managers
The course is designed to expose students to the standards and practice of accounting for public and nonprofit organizations. The course includes use of fund accounting and other appropriate techniques to ensure proper execution of fiduciary responsibility. The students will learn the linkage between budget, financing and accounting in local governments and nonprofits, as well as establishing the utility of each. The course includes review and analysis of the technical aspects of accounting, posting journal entries and preparing various accounting reports.

For any questions regarding the Master of Nonprofit Management degree program, please contact Dr. Robin Larson (Program Coordinator,

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-2316.