Nonprofit Management MNM

College : Health and Public Affairs Degree :MNM
Department : School of Public Administration Option : Nonthesis
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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.


The Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) program is offered completely online. Some courses may be offered face-to-face, however,  students in this program are expected to have the ability to complete the coursework online. The program requires 30 credit hours of core courses, 3 credit hours of  restricted electives and 3 credit hours of general electives, or 6 credit hours in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance option.

The MNM program incorporates service learning in some of its courses. Service learning is hands-on learning that provides real-life experience in executing tangible projects such as strategic plans, grant proposals, and volunteer management case studies. It enhances the student’s understanding of the course core concepts, helps develop leadership skills and provides networking opportunities with a community partner.

Some of the courses also involve group work intended to develop leadership abilities while providing an opportunity for the student to show his or her ability to be a team player. Group projects promote important intellectual and social skills and help to prepare students for professional work where teamwork and collaboration are necessary.

Total Credit Hours Required:
36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—30 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 6208 Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6237 Ethics and Governance in Nonprofit 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)  

Capstone Course—3 Credit Hours

  • PAD 6149 Nonprofit Administration* (3 credit hours)

*This course is the capstone learning experience for the program requiring the development of a portfolio and analysis that demonstrate the student's mastery of the NASPAA Universal Competencies.

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)

Electives Option—3 Credit Hours 

  • Electives (3 credit hours) 

Students take one elective course  in addition to the restricted elective (three credit 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 Alliance Certification Option—6 Credit Hours 

National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification: 

  • Internship (3 credit hours)*
  • Elective (3 credit hours)

National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Certificate: The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) represents the achievements of national academic and experiential standards in nonprofit management. Students pursuing the National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification must meet the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance mandated requirements and contact the NLA Program Director, Dr. Stephanie Krick to declare their intent.

*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 waived, but must complete an approved elective (3 credit hours) in place of the internship. Work experience does not count for credit toward the MNM program.

Additional Program Requirements 

Students must achieve a grade of "B-" (80%) or better in every course listed under required courses. Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Independent Learning

Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry, dialog and service learning. Students are encouraged to engage in research projects, scholarly papers, internships, and presentations at professional conferences that contribute to their self development. The final culminating experience for those enrolled in the Master of Nonprofit Management results in students taking and satisfactorily completing the Nonprofit Administration (PAD 6149).

Application Requirements

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 meeting the minimum GPA requirement, in a sealed envelope, from each college/university attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation must specifically address the prospective student's ability to succeed in graduate coursework and his or her work ethic. Recommendation letters from professors are preferred however, letters from supervisors are also acceptable. 
  • Résumé: The most current, professional résumé should be provided. 
  • Statement of goals: This is a key component of the admission review process and serves as an example of the applicant's ability to express him or herself in writing. The goal statement must be no longer than two pages and should address the following: 
    • What is your reason for pursuing graduate study in Nonprofit Management including your future goals and plans?  
    • What specific areas of Nonprofit Management interest you?  
    • Nonprofit sector experience is preferred, not required.  
    • What makes you a special candidate for admission to this program?   
  •  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) orJosef 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 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. This program is completely online so computer skills and internet access are necessary for this program.

    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 experience, present recommendations from either academic or professional advisers, and provide a clear statement of education goals. 


    Application Deadlines

    Nonprofit Management MNM *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
    Domestic Applicants


    Jun 15Nov 1


    International Applicants


    Jan 15Jul 1


    International Transfer Applicants


    Mar 1Sep 1


    *Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


    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.