The MA in Nonprofit Management (MANM) degree provides intensive professional development for people who aspire to make a difference in their community through their work in the nonprofit sector. Launched in 2013, the program responds to a Weingart Foundation research report on the capacity building needs of nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County.
The program design allows students to work full-time while engaging in academically-challenging professional education. The program has a hybrid, cohort-based curriculum, with class meetings on Tuesday nights over 18 months. In addition, site visits to local nonprofits occur on two Saturday mornings in each of the six quarters of the program. Students also complete personalized field-based projects each quarter.
The MANM hones critical skills and expands a lasting knowledge base that students can begin to use immediately. It is purposely broad in scope so that a graduate is equipped to lead across nonprofit functional areas as well and in support of any organization’s specific programs and mission.
This degree is offered by AU Los Angeles.
Expedited Application Assistance
Applicants to the MANM program can receive assistance in completing the application process by phoning (310) 578-1080 ext. 314 or ext. 226 or by emailing email@example.com.
Prospective students who wish to apply for Fall 2019 admission to the MA in Nonprofit Management program can ask for a personal Expedited Application Assistance session.
During this in-person or Zoom session with a program faculty member, a prospective student can:
- Ask questions about the program and the application process
- Get assistance with the program application, including the essay portion
- Get information about scholarship opportunities
If you would like to set up a personal Expedited Application Assistance session, please email Danielle Minobe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 578-1080, ext 314.
If you have an accredited bachelor’s degree and you want an expanding career in the nonprofit sector, the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management is an 18-month cohort-based degree program that will support you in your current and future work.
The mission of our program is to prepare individuals for exemplary professional leadership in nonprofit organizations, and we focus on serving the Greater Los Angeles area. We have drawn together a regional community of like-minded people who are in service to the greater good. No assembly line of management techno-bots, we are instead civic-minded, lifelong learners who strive to be courageous, competent, collaborative and clear-eyed about our roles as nonprofit managers, cause champions, and community leaders. We operate as an adult learning community, offering a safe, creative space to think more deeply, learn more collaboratively, and perform more effectively, together. Students and faculty develop deep connections and support and empower each other as we learn collectively.
As an MA in Nonprofit Management student you study with the same cohort of students for the six quarters of the program, and thus you develop a strong learning community for your studies as well as colleagues who will be part of your professional network after you complete the degree. The numerous accomplished guest lecturers will offer insight into local organizations.
Your classes meet on Tuesday nights from 6:15 to 9:50, and your cohort visits local nonprofits on two Saturday mornings each quarter. There is additional coursework online and field-based work which you tailor to your professional needs.
You can complete the MANM degree in six, 10-week quarters, starting in either the Fall or the Winter quarter.
Each quarter is devoted to an essential professional skill-set for managing a nonprofit organization:
- Quarter 1 – Program: Achieving the Mission. Program Design, Evaluation, and Management.
- Quarter 2 – Advancing the Cause. Resource Development, Marketing, and Constituent Relations.
- Quarter 3 – Administration: Managing for the Greatest Good. Finance, IT, and Human Resources.
- Quarter 4 – Structure and Governance: Stewardship of the Common Good.
- Quarter 5 – The Nonprofit System: Structures, Behaviors, Relationships.
- Quarter 6 – Organization Sustainability: Leading Toward a Preferred Future.
For detailed curriculum and degree requirements, please visit the AULA catalog.
Site Visits to Nonprofit Organizations
Each quarter, on two Saturday mornings, you and your cohort will visit exemplary nonprofit organizations in the Los Angeles community. Leaders from the organization will provide a tour and then discuss their organization through the lens of that quarter’s curriculum.
Hands-On Field Work
In addition to coursework, you will engage in field-based activities of your own choosing each quarter. With assistance from a Field Work Advisor, the Field Work component of the MANM allows you to undertake a project at a local nonprofit organization. Or you may undertake a project, outside your normal role, at your current nonprofit organization. You decide on the desired goals for your Field Work, which may include increasing your skills and experience and to expand your professional network. You may also wish to add your Field Work accomplishments to your resume.
Gain First Hand Insight Into Many NPOs
The MA in Nonprofit Management degree curriculum is built upon the experiences and insight of many accomplished nonprofit professionals. You learn by meeting and hearing directly from managers and executives who are working in all types of organizations – large and small, emerging and established – from across the nonprofit sector. Visiting faculty and guest lecturers have transformed their personal experience and knowledge into accessible, practical information available only to AULA’s Nonprofit Management students.
Certified Nonprofit Professional
AULA is the only Los Angeles-area university that is a Collegiate Partner of the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Graduates of the MANM program are eligible to become Certified Nonprofit Professionals and receive the CNP credential, at minimal cost.
As a member of the Association of Certified Nonprofit Professionals, you are immediately connected with thousands of your fellow CNPs serving in leadership positions in nonprofit organizations across the country and around the world.
With an MANM degree, you will extend your professional skills and career opportunities. MANM students and graduates work in small, large, local, and national organizations in all areas of the nonprofit sector including, social services, the arts, health care, faith-based services, animal welfare, environmental organizations, and foundations.
MANM students and alumni are early-, mid-, and later-career nonprofit professionals, holding such positions as:
- Program Director
- Administrative Manager
- Development Officer
- Executive Director
- Service Contractor
- Foundation Officer
- Nonprofit Trustee
Each quarter is devoted to a single, essential aspect of a nonprofit organization, which students explore in depth through a competency-based curriculum. Students will leave with an understanding of:
- What constitutes effective design and management of nonprofit programs.
- How to generate revenue through all types of fund-development, how to communicate effectively with all key constituents.
- How to manage all aspects of operations including finances, human resources, information technology, volunteers, and programming.
- How to design and manage governance structures that support an organization’s mission and operations, including the fiduciary and legal responsibilities of the board and management.
- How to develop strategic leadership for maximum effect in an organization, in the nonprofit sector, and in the larger community. How to become a dynamic, forward-looking agent for positive change.
- How to formulate strategies for organizational sustainability, and make actionable recommendations for strategic change based on an assessment of the critical capacities of a non-profit organization.
For more information, contact the MANM Program Coordinator Danielle Minobe, (310) 578-1080, ext. 314. email@example.com
If you are applying for the MA in Nonprofit Management program you are encouraged to apply for scholarship assistance. Complete the Scholarship Application Form, indicating for which scholarships you wish to be considered.
All recipients of all Scholarship awards must maintain satisfactory academic progress as prescribed by University policy.
The scholarships available for Fall 2019 or Winter 2020 entering students include:
The Nonprofit Community Matching Scholarship
What it is: The University awards the Nonprofit Community Matching Scholarship of up to $5,000 to a student entering in Fall 2019 or Winter 2020.
How it works: You obtain outside funding for tuition from a source or sources other than your immediate family (The latter is known as “Expected Family Contribution,” or “EFC.”) Examples of qualified outside funding sources include your employing organization, a charitable foundation, a community group (i.e. Rotary, Lions Club, etc.), an established scholarship fund (i.e. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, etc.), a religious community, or even a GoFundMe (or equivalent) campaign mechanism seeking broad, community support to help finance your graduate education.
You then provide written documentation of this funding and attach it to the Scholarship Application form.
If AULA awards you The Nonprofit Community Matching Scholarship, the University will match any amount of outside funding up to a maximum of $5,000. For example, if you have obtained $5,000 from outside funding and you have also received the maximum matching Nonprofit Community Matching Scholarship award of $5,000, your tuition is then reduced by nearly one-third to approximately $21,600 for the complete MA in Nonprofit Management degree program.
Any smaller amount of outside funding will be matched by an equal scholarship award from the University.
The number of Nonprofit Community Matching Scholarship awards is limited. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible.
Complete the Scholarship Application Form indicating for which scholarships you wish to be considered.
There are several additional MA in Nonprofit Management partial scholarships available. These scholarships are awarded based on merit and need:
- Additional Partial Tuition Scholarships:
- The Professional Merit Scholarships in Nonprofit Management
- The AULA Management Alumni Scholarships
How to Apply for Scholarships:
When you apply for acceptance to the MA in Nonprofit Management program, you complete the Scholarship Application form and all of the other required program and Financial Aid application materials, including the FAFSA. The Scholarship Committee will consider your application for all currently available scholarship funds for which you qualify.
For the Fall 2019 or Winter 2020 quarters, applicants must have completed the MA in Nonprofit Management program application, the scholarship application, as well all steps of the Financial Aid application, by August 15, 2019.
For more information, contact the MANM Program Coordinator Danielle Minobe, (310) 578-1080, ext. 314. firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Apply
- Complete and submit the Online Application.
- Submit the Application Fee $50. Note: The application fee is waived for anyone attending an information session. The application fee is also waived for all AULA alumni.
- Complete and submit the Admissions Dialogue.
- Send an official transcript indicating Bachelor’s degree conferral from a regionally accredited college or university. The requested copy of an official transcript must be sent directly to the Admissions Office at Antioch University Los Angeles from the institution from which you received your accredited bachelor’s degree. A student copy of a transcript may be submitted with your application, but official transcripts are required upon admission.
- Submit a current resume, including all paid and volunteer positions. Specify name(s) of organization(s), dates of affiliation, your title(s) and responsibilities.
Please submit all materials to Admissions Office, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230. All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
|Quarter||International Application*||Scholarship Deadline||Admission Deadline**||Classes Begin|
|Winter 2019||October 22, 2018||August 15, 2018||November 16, 2018||January 2, 2019|
*In addition to satisfying AULA’s admission requirements for a specific academic program, International Students have additional, general requirements that must be met for admission.
**All application requirements (all unofficial or official transcripts, admissions essay(s) or program specific requirements) must be submitted by the admission deadline. To qualify for the Abramson-Muscarolas Scholarship in Nonprofit Management and the OD180 Consulting Scholarship in Nonprofit Management, applicants must have their program and scholarship applications submitted by August 15, 2018.
|Non-Profit Management (MA)|
|Quarterly tuition (Program completed in six quarters.)||$5,424|
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