School of Continuing and Professional Studies > Academics > Undergraduate > Undergraduate Majors > Nonprofit Management (BA)
DePaul’s Bachelor of Arts in nonprofit management is designed for adult students who are looking to advance to leadership or management positions in the nonprofit sector of the workforce. With this nonprofit management degree, you will develop knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas critical to nonprofit organization, including project management, program development and evaluation, fundraising, human resources, risk management, workplace law, ethical conduct, finance and professional communications.
In our nonprofit management degree program, you will have the opportunity to earn credit for college-level learning achieved from prior work and life experience. And you’ll integrate the critical thinking skills you learn through your liberal arts coursework from a nonprofit management perspective. Most courses are offered online; others are offered on weekday evenings at the Loop Campus to accommodate a working professional’s busy schedule.
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The Bachelor of Arts in Nonprofit Management from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) builds knowledge and skills for application in nonprofit settings, especially within administrative, supervisory and managerial positions. This program intentionally helps students to integrate liberal arts learning, inquiry and critical thinking skills, with a professional specialization. In this program, students have the opportunity to earn credit from prior learning from experience.
This major advances students' foundational management knowledge and skills in a range of areas critical to nonprofit organization, especially project management, program development and evaluation, fundraising, human resources, risk management, leadership, workplace law, , ethical conduct, data analytics, finance and professional communications. With a range of courses in the major offered as electives, students may choose courses and specialize in areas of particular interest to them.
Graduates of this program will be particularly well positioned to make optimal decisions in the workplace and become promotable leaders. This major is designed for non-traditional and working adult students who seek the following:
Students will be able to:
Must be completed in residence.
40 credit hours must be completed in residence in the major, including FA 199 and LL 303.
Must be completed in residence.
Students are encouraged to use their major elective credits to complete a thematic cluster of courses relevant to their professional goals. For example, they may wish to create a cluster relevant to the type of nonprofit they currently work for or wish to pursue. For example, students who intend to work for nonprofit organizations focusing on environmental issues, might want to take environmental studies courses.
Those who intend to work for health organizations might want to take courses concerning public health . Students can also develop a cluster around serving certain communities such as Latino, African American or LGBTQ Studies. Students also have the option of taking additional courses related to nonprofit management for their major electives.
Students should work with their academic advisors to identify an appropriate cluster theme and apply the courses to their major electives and open electives. Thematic clusters can be completed through DePaul courses, transfer courses or Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). The course list below are some major elective options.
Open Electives can be fulfilled through courses taken in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and other DePaul colleges, transfer courses, assessment of prior learning (PLA), and independent studies.