The nonprofit sector is the fastest growing area of the economy, and the completely online Master of Nonprofit Management MNM program prepares students for careers in this dynamic field. The degree program provides opportunities for students to prepare for employment or to advance their careers as administrators in nonprofit organizations.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit www.intl.ucf.edu
. If you have any questions, please consult the International Services Center at 407-823-2337.
CURRICULUMThe Nonprofit Management MNM program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and offers thesis, nonthesis, and Nonprofit Leadership Alliance options. All three options require 27 credit hours of core courses, 3 credit hours of a restricted elective course, and then 6 credit hours of either thesis work, electives in the nonthesis option, or 6 credit hours in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance option.
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Required Courses—27 Credit Hours
- PAD 5145 Volunteerism in Nonprofit Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 5146 Nonprofit Resource Development (3 credit hours)
- PAD 5850 Grant and Contract Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6142 Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6149 Nonprofit Administration (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6208 Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6417 Human Resource Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6327 Public Program Evaluation Techniques (3 credit hours)
Restricted Elective—3 Credit Hours
This elective must be a UCF Public Administration 6000-level course that is chosen after consultation with the student's academic adviser.
- PAD 6000-level elective course (3 credit hours)
Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours
- PAD 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)
Students may choose to do a thesis with the consent of the academic adviser. PAD 6971 Thesis Research is designed to guide students in conducting research in the area of nonprofit management. For this option, students select a thesis committee and write a research proposal consisting of a literature review and a detailed methodological plan. Once the proposal is approved, students collect, analyze, and interpret data and write a thesis. Students must present and defend their research to their committee and peers to complete the requirements for this option.
Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours
- Electives (6 credit hours)
For the nonthesis option, students take two elective courses in addition to the elective above (three hours each) with the prior approval of the program director. The elective courses are to be in the student’s area of interest, such as public administration, criminal justice, health care, social work or the arts. The MNM program does not accept 4000-level courses.
National Nonprofit Leadership Certification Option—6 Credit Hours
National Nonprofit Leadership Certification: The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance represents the achievements of national academic and experiential standards in nonprofit management. Students pursuing the Nonprofit Leadership Certification must meet the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance mandated requirements. Contact the Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program for further information.
- Internship (3 credit hours)*
- Elective (3 credit hours)
* An internship is required for students with less than 300 hours of nonprofit sector experience. Students who provide documentation of at least 300 hours of experience in the nonprofit sector may have their internship requirement waived, but must take an approved elective (3 credit hours) in place of the internship. Work experience does not count toward credit for the MNM program
Additional Program Requirements
Students must achieve a grade of "B" (3.0) or better in every course listed under required courses. Students must maintain a program of study GPA of 3.0 or higher and will not be allowed to graduate without a graduate status GPA of 3.0.
INDEPENDENT LEARNINGIndependent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry, dialogue and service learning. Tangible projects such as strategic plans, grant proposals, and volunteer management case studies along with research projects, scholarly papers, internships, and presentations at professional conferences also contribute to the self development of our students. The final culminating experience for those enrolled in the Master of Nonprofit Management results in students taking and satisfactorily completing the Program Evaluation course (PAD 6327).
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Three letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters must specifically address the prospective student's ability to do academic work at the graduate level. Recommendation letters from professors are preferred.
- Statement of goals, demonstrating writing ability.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
All requested material must be submitted by the established deadline date. Material received after the established deadline may not be considered. Admission to this master program is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission to this program.
Students are expected to be computer literate upon entry to the program or are expected to obtain these skills immediately upon admission to the program. This program is completely online, so computer skills and computer internet access are necessary to take the courses.
A limited number of students who do not meet these requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis. These students must demonstrate proven nonprofit sector leadership experience, present strong recommendations from either academic or professional advisers, and provide a clear statement of educational goals. More specific information on provisional admissions may be obtained from the department. Provisional admissions are limited and competitive. Students who are interested in these spots should contact the department as early as possible for consideration.
The School of Public Administration accepts scores from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) only.Test scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are not used in consideration of admission to this program.
All International students must submit TOEFL scores regardless of language in which the undergraduate program was completed.
Please note: Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in the following states. If you reside in one of these states, you may not be permitted to enroll in or be admitted to a UCF online program. Please contact your state’s higher education regulation authorities or the UCF Graduate Program (see contact information above) for more details.
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Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.