Nonprofit Management

Field Advisor: Professor Michael J. Worth; Professor Jasmine McGinnis-Johnson

This 12-credit field is designed for students preparing for careers in the management of nonprofit organizations and fundraising programs.  It is appropriate for recent undergraduates as well as mid-career professionals seeking to advance to more senior positions of responsibility.  Courses encompass the governance, planning, management and evaluation of organizations and programs; strategies for the management of fundraising programs, charitable foundations and venture philanthropy; the role of advocacy organizations; international non-governmental organizations; and, policy issues related to the nonprofit sector and philanthropy in the United States and internationally.

Note that students in this field of concentration may also obtain a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management concurrently with completion of the field, essentially double counting the 12-credits toward both the MPA and the certificate. See and contact Professor Worth for more information.

The field has two required courses and two elective courses.

Required Courses (2 courses, 6 credits):

PPPA 6031  Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations 

ONE of the following: 

PPPA 6032  Managing Fundraising and Philanthropy
PPPA 6033  Nonprofit Enterprise

Elective Courses, Trachtenberg School 
(Students must choose AT LEAST one of the following courses, 3 credits, and may select 2 of the following courses, 6 credits):  

PPPA 6016  Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation*
PPPA 6032  Managing Fund Raising and Philanthropy (If not taken as a required course)
PPPA 6033  Nonprofit Enterprise (If not taken as a required course)
PPPA 6034  Managing Nonprofit Boards 
PPPA 6053  Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PPPA 6055  Contracting Out and Public-Private Partnerships
PPPA 6058  International Development and NGO Management
PPPA 6062  Community Development Policy and Management
PPPA 6063  Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact Investing
PPPA 6085  Leading Diverse and Inclusive Organizations

Elective Courses, Other GW Schools
(Students may choose 1 course, 3 credits from the following list):

ACCY 6701  Government and Nonprofit Accounting and Auditing
SMPA 6270  Advocacy
PUBH 6054  Community Engagement and Advocacy
MGMT 4900  Social Entrepreneurship that Matters
PMGT 6414  Lobbying

In addition to those listed, with the permission of a field advisor, students may supplement or substitute elective courses with other relevant courses in related disciplines.  Field advisors can recommend courses in various school of the university that may address students’ particular interest and career goals.

* If not taken as a core (for MPAs) or tools of analysis (for MPPs).