Master of Public Administration:
Nonprofit Organizational Management

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for careers in the social and community service sector is expected to grow by 10% in the years 2014-2024. Job growth is faster than the national average. Students study how to provide effective nonprofit organizational leadership through the development and responsible use of financial and human resources from the government and private sectors in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws.

To be awarded the Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Organizational Management, candidates must earn 36 approved graduate credit hours. All courses are offered online.

Contact Coleen Sassmann at or 563-425-5931

All classes and electives listed are three credits each.

Core Requirements

  • PA 501 Democracy, Public Administration, and Public Policy
  • PA 502 Introduction to Program Evaluation
  • PA 503 Program Evaluation Implementation and Evaluation
  • PA 504 Political Economy and Regulatory Policy for Public Administrators
  • PA 511 Gov’t and NFP Financial Mgmt and Control
  • Capstone: PA 590 Research Seminar

Total: 18 Credits

Nonprofit Organizational Management Emphasis

This emphasis is designed to prepare students with the
knowledge and skills necessary to lead organization in the
growing nonprofit sector.

  • Graduate Elective
  • Graduate Elective

Choose four of the following:

  • PA 515 Grant Writing and Contract Management
  • PA 541 Nonprofit Philanthropy and Fundraising
  • PA 546 Nonprofit Marketing and Public Affairs Advocacy
  • PA 547 Volunteer Recruitment and Management
  • PA 567 Board Governance and Strategic Management
  • PA 569 Gov’t and NFP Accounting and Budgeting

Total: 18 Credits