Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management

Graduate

Nonprofit organizations confront the challenges and opportunities that mission-driven organizations face today in areas such as succession planning, volunteerism, resource development, and competitive funding. The Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management addresses these areas, drawing on experienced practitioners in the St. Louis area.

The graduate program in Nonprofit Management provides a range of courses addressing the major responsibilities and challenges of nonprofit and human resources management, preparing students to work effectively in the field and to enhance the management skills of those seeking a career in related fields. Administered jointly by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and University College, the program is designed for working adults attending school on a part-time basis.

Program Objectives

The program provides students with the skills and resources for leading mission-driven organizations as productive examples of social entrepreneurship.

Grounded in the historical context of nonprofit management and philanthropy, students acquire skills in all operational areas of nonprofit management, including financial management, law, grant writing, volunteer management, resource development, research and statistical analysis, and marketing communications.

At the strategic level, the program teaches leadership, organization development, strategic planning, marketing communications, and the skills of social entrepreneurship.

Who Should Apply?

This master's program is designed for experienced nonprofit managers seeking advancement in the field, individuals who are new to the workforce looking for entry-level positions in the field, and experienced professionals from another field who wish to make a transition to the nonprofit sector.

    required course work

    Required Courses: 27 units

    • Management in Nonprofit Organizations (U76 507)
    • Resource Development for Nonprofit Organizations (U76 508)
    • Statistics & Research Design (U76 510)
    • Integrated Capstone Project in Nonprofit Management (U76 514)
    • Organizational Behavior and Administration (U76 520)
    • Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations (U76 525)
    • Human Resources Management (U76 531)
    • Leadership (U76 555)
    • Legal Issues Impacting Nonprofit Organizations (U76 570)
    Elective Courses: 9 units

    The remainder of courses are nonprofit-related electives of the student's choice.

    admissions requirements

    Transferring Credit

    A maximum of six units of related, comparable graduate-level course work may be transferred from another university or from a related graduate program at Washington University with the approval of the program director. These must be graduate-level units not used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. Transfer credit may be granted only for authorized courses for which the student received a grade of B or higher. 

    application requirements

    Completed application form

    The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

    Official transcripts from all previous college work

    Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.

    Personal Essay

    Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?

    TOEFL scores (if applicable)

    If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.

    Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.

    $35 application fee

    You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. 

    This fee is waived for all WashU staff.

    Three Letters of Recommendation

    Letters of recommendation should be completed by teachers or professional associates. They can be submitted as part of your online application or mailed to University College.

    Writing Sample

    Describe a significant challenge to the nonprofit sector over the next three years, and explain how you will respond to this challenge as a nonprofit professional.

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    "I strongly recommend the Nonprofit Management program to other leaders in the field, not only for their own professional development, but ultimately for the betterment of our region as a whole.

    ―David CarrollM.A. in Nonprofit Management

    Still have questions?

    Program Coordinator: Amy Cole Buehler | (314) 925-6700 | abuehler@wustl.edu

    Academic Advisor & Coordinator of Student Services: Elisa Wang | (314) 935-6793 | elisa.wang@wustl.edu

    Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 | cschroeder@wustl.edu