2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin

Nonprofit Leadership

The Nonprofit Leadership program prepares graduates to think critically, act ethically, and lead the changes needed to solve the pressing issues in nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations and civil society abroad. Students will develop practical knowledge, critical thinking, and innovation skills needed to craft fundraising strategy, program operations, and social enterprises that address societal problems through healthy organizations. Coursework engages across the four concentrations of Executive Leadership; Philanthropy and Resource Development; Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Mission-driven Operations and Programs. Courses engage students in legal, ethical, financial, equitable and scalable considerations of program and organizational leadership and management. Faculty are experienced in development and fundraising, social innovation, governance, program management; they are leadership experts who explore future trends, historical context, and current nonprofit theory and practice with practical and cutting-edge learning. Graduates will increase their community and world impact with tools that make change happen.

This program prepares students to:

•             Evaluate leadership behaviors, skills and characteristics that positively impact nonprofit organizational health, governance, performance, and/or community.

•             Demonstrate critical thinking that integrates leadership, financial, fund raising, program design, and organizational strategy to influence decision making.

•             Demonstrate communication skills that advance nonprofit/nongovernmental organization’s mission and community impact.

•             Demonstrate the integration of financial knowledge and nonprofit governance into strategic and resource development plans, as well as technological approaches, and/or campaigns to develop organizational health.

•             Apply analytic methods to examining problems and designing solutions to nonprofit organization or societal issues.

Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership with a concentration in philanthropy and resource development

Changes in philanthropy, development and fundraising are shaping the giving environment influencing how nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations plan for funding resources. From crowdsourcing and kick-starting campaigns to capital fundraising and legacy gifts nonprofits must cultivate and retain donors from diverse contexts, prospect for new gifts, and demonstrate impact. Philanthropy and Resource Development students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills to navigate these changing trends to increase the impact and drive ahead their nonprofit’s mission through diverse development approaches and fund raising. Students will apply their passion and pragmatism as they learn about the scale and planning needed to develop the resources to carry out their nonprofit’s mission.

This degree prepares students to:

  • Assess different development approaches to determine the scale and mission appropriateness for nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations of different sizes.
  • Synthesize knowledge about different development approaches.
  • Apply diverse development strategies to conduct and prepare nonprofit/nongovernmental development plans.
  • Demonstrate financial literacy needed to develop successful nonprofit organizations that employ structured fundraising tools and techniques.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence and understanding of how fundraising strategies may work across diverse cultural contexts.

Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership with a Concentration in Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Are you a social entrepreneur or aspiring to become one? Is your nonprofit considering a social enterprise? Might a social innovation move the needle on a social issue, problem or challenge about which you are passionate? A focus on social enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship will sharpen a nonprofit’s value proposition and mission driven strategy to address key social problems in your community or the world. Courses in this concentration will develop your understanding, knowledge and skills in taking an idea and launching it as a social enterprise. Students will develop the language and financial insights into funding, prototyping, scaling, marketing and measuring impact of social enterprises and innovations. Practical experience with a nonprofit/nongovernmental organization will enable students to apply theory, strategy and metrics that solve real problems and drive mission impact. 

This degree prepares students to:

  • Critique social enterprise, innovation, and entrepreneurship approaches for linkages to business and public sectors to solve social problems.
  • Examine social enterprise cases to ascertain social impact or new market creation that has social has benefits.
  • Cultivate innovation and design thinking process and practices from a customer perspective to test and validate social enterprises approaches.
  • Assess organizational capacity for developing market-driven strategies for social enterprise development, scale and impact.
  • Critique conceptual innovation frameworks and tools such as lean startup, lean data, and social performance management to determine how they enhance social outcomes and financial sustainability.
  • Critically examine the financial structures of social ventures to determine strengths and challenges in developing impactful social enterprises.
  • Apply market-driven strategies and critical business analyses that develop data to inform social enterprise development.

Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership with a Concentration in Executive Leadership and Governance

Leading a nonprofit/nongovernmental organization of any size requires leaders to self-examine their practices and behaviors. Developing a broad spectrum of leadership, change and management tools increases a leader’s successful navigation of organizational challenges, navigating transitions, and sustaining vision and impact. In this concentration students build their knowledge of inclusive leadership, leading through values, leading change, developing an organization’s culture, cultivating high performing teams and strategic planning.

This degree prepares students to:

  • Assess their leadership strengths, skills, and behaviors to craft personalized leadership development plans.
  • Evaluate effective leadership behaviors, skills and characteristics that positively impact nonprofit organizational health, governance, performance, and/or community impact.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills to help them evaluate different leadership views and arguments that influence decision making.
  • Evaluate organizational capacity, operational functions, governance and mission implementation to determine organizational health and/or opportunities for changes.
  • Demonstrate financial, fund raising and program planning knowledge and skills that ensure organizational health.
  • Examine leadership case examples that balance governance and mission-driven operations.

Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership with a Concentration in Mission-Driven Operations and Management

Program operations and organizational management work together to accomplish a nonprofit organization’s mission impact. Organizations need to develop effective program design to include staffing, performance measurements, and the human and financial resources to ensure success. In this concentration students will link financial goals to grants management, partnership cultivation and community-based strategies that further the goals of the organization. Together students will examine the evidence of effective nonprofit programming as grounded in research. Students will identify program evaluation strategies that demonstrate community impact and mission accomplishment. Nonprofit volunteer and advocacy operations are also examined as programming strategies that accomplish a nonprofit’s mission.

This degree prepares students to:

  • Demonstrate planning practices for effectively resourced nonprofit/nongovernmental program development.
  • Evaluate existing nonprofit programs’ design using critical thinking to determine resource allocation and impact measurement.
  • Demonstrate program-evaluation-planning skills to include collective impact, logic models.
  • Examine diverse funding structures, including grants cultivation and management, to determine how best to resource program operations.

Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership with a Concentration in Philanthropy and Resource Development

The graduate certificate in Philanthropy and Resource Development concentration is offered entirely online to meet the needs of busy adults seeking to expand their skillset or credentials. Changes in philanthropy, development and fundraising are shaping the giving environment influencing how nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations plan for funding resources. From crowdsourcing and kick-starting campaigns to capital fundraising and legacy gifts nonprofits must cultivate and retain donors from diverse contexts, prospect for new gifts, and demonstrate impact. Philanthropy and Resource Development students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills to navigate these changing trends to increase the impact and drive ahead their nonprofit’s mission through diverse development approaches and fund raising. Students will apply their passion and pragmatism as they learn about the scale and planning needed to develop the resources to carry out their nonprofit’s mission. Students will also gain additional skills and knowledge in organizational leadership through elective coursework.

Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership with a Concentration in Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Are you a social entrepreneur or aspiring to become one? Is your nonprofit considering a social enterprise? Might a social innovation move the needle on a social issue, problem or challenge about which you are passionate? A focus on social enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship will sharpen a nonprofit’s value proposition and mission driven strategy to address key social problems in your community or the world. Courses in this concentration will develop your understanding, knowledge and skills in taking an idea and launching it as a social enterprise. Students will develop the language and financial insights into funding, prototyping, scaling, marketing and measuring impact of social enterprises and innovations. Practical experience with a nonprofit/nongovernmental organization will enable students to apply theory, strategy and metrics that solve real problems and drive mission impact. 

The graduate certificate in Philanthropy and Resource Development concentration is offered entirely online to meet the needs of busy adults seeking to expand their skillset or credentials. Students will also gain additional skills and knowledge in organizational leadership through elective coursework.

Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership with a Concentration in Executive Leadership and Governance

Leading a nonprofit/nongovernmental organization of any size requires leaders to self-examine their practices and behaviors. Developing a broad spectrum of leadership, change and management tools increases a leader’s successful navigation of organizational challenges, navigating transitions, and sustaining vision and impact. In this concentration students build their knowledge of inclusive leadership, leading through values, leading change, developing an organization’s culture, cultivating high performing teams and strategic planning. Students will also gain additional skills and knowledge in organizational leadership through elective coursework.

CERTIFICATE IN NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP WITH A CONCENTRATION IN MISSION-DRIVEN OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT

Program operations and organizational management work together to accomplish a nonprofit organization’s mission impact. Organizations need to develop effective program design to include staffing, performance measurements, and the human and financial resources to ensure success. In this concentration students will link financial goals to grants management, partnership cultivation and community-based strategies that further the goals of the organization. Together students will examine the evidence of effective nonprofit programming as grounded in research. Students will identify program evaluation strategies that demonstrate community impact and mission accomplishment. Nonprofit volunteer and advocacy operations are also examined as programming strategies that accomplish a nonprofit’s mission. Students will also gain additional skills and knowledge in organizational leadership through elective coursework.

SPECIALIZED GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN PHILANTHROPY AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

Changes in philanthropy, development and fundraising are shaping the giving environment influencing how nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations plan for funding resources. From crowdsourcing and kick-starting campaigns to capital fundraising and legacy gifts nonprofits must cultivate and retain donors from diverse contexts, prospect for new gifts, and demonstrate impact. Students in the specialized graduate certificate in Philanthropy and Resource Development will demonstrate the knowledge and skills to navigate these changing trends to increase the impact and drive ahead their nonprofit’s mission through diverse development approaches and fund raising. Students will apply their passion and pragmatism as they learn about the scale and planning needed to develop the resources to carry out their nonprofit’s mission.

SPECIALIZED GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE

Leading a nonprofit/nongovernmental organization of any size requires leaders to self-examine their practices and behaviors. Developing a broad spectrum of leadership, change and management tools increases a leader’s successful navigation of organizational challenges, navigating transitions, and sustaining vision and impact. In the specialized graduate certificate in Executive Leadership and Governance students build their knowledge of inclusive leadership, leading through values, leading change, developing an organization’s culture, cultivating high performing teams and strategic planning.

SPECIALIZED GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN MISSION-DRIVEN OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT

Program operations and organizational management work together to accomplish a nonprofit organization’s mission impact. Organizations need to develop effective program design to include staffing, performance measurements, and the human and financial resources to ensure success. In this concentration students will link financial goals to grants management, partnership cultivation and community-based strategies that further the goals of the organization. Together students will examine the evidence of effective nonprofit programming as grounded in research. Students will identify program evaluation strategies that demonstrate community impact and mission accomplishment. Nonprofit volunteer and advocacy operations are also examined as programming strategies that accomplish a nonprofit’s mission.

SPECIALIZED GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN SOCIAL ENTERPRISE, INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Are you a social entrepreneur or aspiring to become one? Is your nonprofit considering a social enterprise? Might a social innovation move the needle on a social issue, problem or challenge about which you are passionate? A focus on social enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship will sharpen a nonprofit’s value proposition and mission driven strategy to address key social problems in your community or the world.Students in the specialized graduate certificate in Philanthropy and Resource Development will develop the language and financial insights into funding, prototyping, scaling, marketing and measuring impact of social enterprises and innovations. Practical experience with a nonprofit/nongovernmental organization will enable students to apply theory, strategy and metrics that solve real problems and drive mission impact. 

Master's Degree Admission

Degree and GPA Requirements

  • Bachelors degree: All graduate applicants must hold an earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited college or university or the recognized equivalent from an international institution.
  • Grade point average: The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for graduate study at the University of Denver is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (approximately two years of work) for the baccalaureate degree. An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution supersedes the minimum standards for the baccalaureate. For applicants with graduate coursework but who have not earned a master’s degree or higher, the GPA from the graduate work may be used to meet the requirement. The minimum GPA is a cumulative 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all graduate coursework undertaken.
  • Program GPA requirement: The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for this program is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

English Language Proficiency Test Score Requirements

The minimum TOEFL/IELTS/CAE test score requirements for this degree program are:

  • Minimum TOEFL Score (Internet-based test): 80 with minimum of 20 on each sub-score
  • Minimum TOEFL Score (Paper-based test): 550
  • Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 on each band score
  • Minimum CAE Score: 169

English Conditional Admission: Master's degree applicants who do not meet the required level of English proficiency may be considered for conditional acceptance if all other admission criteria are met. Prior to enrolling in any graduate-level coursework, English Conditional Acceptance

Certificate Admission

Degree and GPA Requirements

  • Bachelors degree: All graduate applicants must hold an earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited college or university or the recognized equivalent from an international institution.
  • Grade point average: The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for graduate study at the University of Denver is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (approximately two years of work) for the baccalaureate degree. An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution supersedes the minimum standards for the baccalaureate. For applicants with graduate coursework but who have not earned a master’s degree or higher, the GPA from the graduate work may be used to meet the requirement. The minimum GPA is a cumulative 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all graduate coursework undertaken.
  • Program GPA requirement: The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for this program is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

English Language Proficiency Test Score Requirements

The minimum TOEFL/IELTS/CAE test score requirements for this degree program are:

  • Minimum TOEFL Score (Internet-based test): 80 with minimum of 20 on each sub-score
  • Minimum TOEFL Score (Paper-based test): 550
  • Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 on each band score
  • Minimum CAE Score: 169

English Conditional Admission: No, this program does not offer English Conditional Admission.

Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership

Master of science in nonprofit leadership with a concentration in nonprofit leadership

Degree Requirements

Core coursework requirements
NFP 4010Leading Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations4
NFP 4015Healthy Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations4
NFP 4020Legacy and Trends of Nonprofits Organizations and Civil Society4
NFP 4905Graduate Social Research Methods4
NFP 4901Capstone Project4
or NFP 4920 Portfolio Capstone
Concentration requirements
NFP 4100Philanthropy Principles, Roles, and Systems in Nonprofits 4
NFP 4105Applied Development Practices: Fundraising and Donor Relations 4
NFP 4110Development Strategy, Fund Management, and Complexity4
NFP 4115Leading Nonprofit Financial Health 4
Elective requirements (Choose three courses)12
Total Credits48

Minimum number of credits required: 48

Students will work with their academic advisor to determine the best set of courses for their electives.

A satisfactory quality of achievement with a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better is required in graduate coursework accepted for the degree. The average is determined on the basis of the University’s grading system. In no case, may more than one-fourth of the hours accepted toward the degree be of “C” grade. A grade lower than “C” renders the credit unacceptable for meeting degree requirements. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in the Capstone Project or Capstone Seminar.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP WITH A CONCENTRATION IN Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Core coursework requirements
NFP 4010Leading Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations4
NFP 4015Healthy Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations4
NFP 4020Legacy and Trends of Nonprofits Organizations and Civil Society4
NFP 4905Graduate Social Research Methods4
NFP 4901Capstone Project4
or NFP 4920 Portfolio Capstone
Concentration requirements
NFP 4115Leading Nonprofit Financial Health 4
NFP 4400Principles and Practices in Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship4
NFP 4405Strategies and Tools for Nonprofit Social Enterprise 4
NFP 4410Social Enterprise Practicum4
Elective requirements (Choose three courses)12
Total Credits48

Minimum number of credits required: 48

Students will work with their academic advisor to determine the best set of courses for their electives.

A satisfactory quality of achievement with a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better is required in graduate coursework accepted for the degree. The average is determined on the basis of the University’s grading system. In no case, may more than one-fourth of the hours accepted toward the degree be of “C” grade. A grade lower than “C” renders the credit unacceptable for meeting degree requirements. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in the Capstone Project or Capstone Seminar.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP WITH A CONCENTRATION IN Executive Leadership and Governance

Core coursework requirements
NFP 4010Leading Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations4
NFP 4015Healthy Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations4
NFP 4020Legacy and Trends of Nonprofits Organizations and Civil Society4
NFP 4905Graduate Social Research Methods4
NFP 4901Capstone Project4
or NFP 4920 Portfolio Capstone
Concentration requirements
NFP 4115Leading Nonprofit Financial Health 4
NFP 4200Executive and Board Roles, Responsibilities and Leadership4
NFP 4205Leading Strategically4
NFP 4210Leading Policy and Advocacy4
Elective requirements (Choose three courses)12
Total Credits48

Minimum number of credits required: 48

Students will work with their academic advisor to determine the best set of courses for their electives.

A satisfactory quality of achievement with a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better is required in graduate coursework accepted for the degree. The average is determined on the basis of the University’s grading system. In no case, may more than one-fourth of the hours accepted toward the degree be of “C” grade. A grade lower than “C” renders the credit unacceptable for meeting degree requirements. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in the Capstone Project or Capstone Seminar.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP WITH A CONCENTRATION IN Mission Driven Operations and Management

Core coursework requirements
NFP 4010Leading Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations4
NFP 4015Healthy Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations4
NFP 4020Legacy and Trends of Nonprofits Organizations and Civil Society4
NFP 4905Graduate Social Research Methods4
NFP 4901Capstone Project4
or NFP 4920 Portfolio Capstone
Concentration requirements
NFP 4115Leading Nonprofit Financial Health 4
NFP 4300Operational Strategy and Structures4
NFP 4305Nonprofit Program and People Management4
NFP 4310Community Organizing, Voice and Empowerment4
Elective requirements (Choose three courses)12
Total Credits48

Minimum number of credits required: 48

Students will work with their academic advisor to determine the best set of courses for their electives.

A satisfactory quality of achievement with a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better is required in graduate coursework accepted for the degree. The average is determined on the basis of the University’s grading system. In no case, may more than one-fourth of the hours accepted toward the degree be of “C” grade. A grade lower than “C” renders the credit unacceptable for meeting degree requirements. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in the Capstone Project or Capstone Seminar.

Certificate in nonprofit leadership with a concentration in Philanthropy and Resource Development

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
NFP 4100Philanthropy Principles, Roles, and Systems in Nonprofits 4
NFP 4105Applied Development Practices: Fundraising and Donor Relations 4
NFP 4110Development Strategy, Fund Management, and Complexity4
NFP 4115Leading Nonprofit Financial Health 4
Elective requirements (Choose two courses)8
Total Credits24

Minimum number of credits required: 24

Students will work with their academic adviser to determine the best set of courses for their electives.

Certificate in nonprofit leadership with a concentration in social enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
NFP 4115Leading Nonprofit Financial Health 4
NFP 4400Principles and Practices in Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship4
NFP 4405Strategies and Tools for Nonprofit Social Enterprise 4
NFP 4410Social Enterprise Practicum4
Elective requirements (Choose two courses)8
Total Credits24

Minimum number of credits required: 24

Students will work with their academic adviser to determine the best set of courses for their electives.

certificate in nonprofit leadership with a concentration in executive leadership and governance

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
NFP 4115Leading Nonprofit Financial Health 4
NFP 4200Executive and Board Roles, Responsibilities and Leadership4
NFP 4205Leading Strategically4
NFP 4210Leading Policy and Advocacy4
Elective requirements (Choose two courses)8
Total Credits24

Minimum number of credits required: 24

Students will work with their academic adviser to determine the best set of courses for their electives.

certificate in nonprofit leadership with a concentration in mission-driven operations and management

Program Requirements

Concentration requirements
NFP 4115Leading Nonprofit Financial Health 4
NFP 4300Operational Strategy and Structures4
NFP 4305Nonprofit Program and People Management4
NFP 4310Community Organizing, Voice and Empowerment4
Elective requirements (Choose two courses)8
Total Credits24

Minimum number of credits required: 24

Students will work with their academic adviser to determine the best set of courses for their electives.

Specialized Graduate Certificate in philanthropy and resource development

Program Requirements

NFP 4100Philanthropy Principles, Roles, and Systems in Nonprofits 4
NFP 4105Applied Development Practices: Fundraising and Donor Relations 4
NFP 4115Leading Nonprofit Financial Health 4
NFP 4110Development Strategy, Fund Management, and Complexity4
Total Credits16
 

SPECIALIZED GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN Executive leadership and governance

Program Requirements

NFP 4200Executive and Board Roles, Responsibilities and Leadership4
NFP 4205Leading Strategically4
NFP 4115Leading Nonprofit Financial Health 4
NFP 4210Leading Policy and Advocacy4
Total Credits16

SPECIALIZED GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN Mission-Driven operations and management

Program Requirements

NFP 4300Operational Strategy and Structures4
NFP 4305Nonprofit Program and People Management4
NFP 4115Leading Nonprofit Financial Health 4
NFP 4310Community Organizing, Voice and Empowerment4
Total Credits16

SPECIALIZED GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN social enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship

Program Requirements

NFP 4400Principles and Practices in Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship4
NFP 4405Strategies and Tools for Nonprofit Social Enterprise 4
NFP 4115Leading Nonprofit Financial Health 4
NFP 4410Social Enterprise Practicum4
Total Credits16

Courses

NFP 4010 Leading Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations (4 Credits)

NFP 4015 Healthy Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations (4 Credits)

Healthy nonprofit organizations link their leadership, financial planning, programs and operations, impact measurement, and fund development together into successful tapestries emblematic of their missions. Students will examine nonprofit business models, legal designation/IRS status, and the organizational life-cycle to understand organizational evolution and growth possibilities. Students will put this knowledge toward ensuring that the mission, vision, values are exemplified in the organizational culture and structure to better engage employees, stakeholders, donors and the community.

NFP 4020 Legacy and Trends of Nonprofits Organizations and Civil Society (4 Credits)

NFP 4100 Philanthropy Principles, Roles, and Systems in Nonprofits (4 Credits)

Foundations, government agencies, and individual donors shift their giving strategies over time. Nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations must also adjust their development approach and practices to respond to changes in the giving environment. Students will examine how nonprofit and development leaders guide their organizations’ mission, vision and values to determine impactful development efforts in light of economic, social, environmental and political changes. Students will link development systems and practices to an organization’s finances, programs and development lifecycle to meet organizational needs. Students will learn the donor cultivation process as it connects to a giver’s passions and nonprofit’s mission. Students will identify the nonprofit development structures and approaches that support the development goals set by the organization’s leaders and board of directors.

NFP 4105 Applied Development Practices: Fundraising and Donor Relations (4 Credits)

NFP 4110 Development Strategy, Fund Management, and Complexity (4 Credits)

NFP 4115 Leading Nonprofit Financial Health (4 Credits)

NFP 4400 Principles and Practices in Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (4 Credits)

NFP 4405 Strategies and Tools for Nonprofit Social Enterprise (4 Credits)

NFP 4410 Social Enterprise Practicum (4 Credits)

This course brings together the knowledge, skills, and practices students develop in the first three courses in the Social Enterprise, Innovation and Entrepreneurship concentration. Students will simulate a consultancy by applying social enterprise strategies and tools to a proposed nonprofit social enterprise as a part of their practicum. Students will work with an experienced faculty instructor who will guide the student consultant in the research, design thinking, process applications, problem solving, and metric development needed to support the nonprofit in launching a successful social enterprise. Students will be empowered to offer ideas, analyze data, research markets, and make decisions that will support the enterprise’s development process within the nonprofit/nongovernmental organization. Students will prepare final projects based on their practicum experience. The practicum should be taken as one of the last social enterprise classes.

NFP 4901 Capstone Project (4 Credits)

The Capstone Project provides students the opportunity to research a topic, problem, or issue within their field of study, and work individually with a Capstone advisor. Similar in weight to a thesis, but more flexible, this final project will synthesize and apply core concepts acquired from the program. The student will select an appropriate Capstone advisor who is knowledgeable in the field of study to work closely with and whom can guide the research project. Evaluation will be focused on the quality and professionalism of applied research and writing; critical and creative thinking; problem-solving skills; knowledge of research design, method, and implementation; and contribution to the field and topic of study. Please see the Capstone Guidelines for additional details. Prerequisites: A Capstone Proposal that has been approved by both the Capstone Advisor and the Academic Director, unconditional acceptance as a degree candidate, completion of at least 40 quarter-hours (including all core courses) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and a B or better in MALS 4020. A final grade of B or better must be earned in this course to meet degree requirements.

NFP 4905 Graduate Social Research Methods (4 Credits)

Graduate Social Research Methods is an exploration of the methods and purposes of social science research from the perspective of the researcher as well as that of the informed professional and consumer of information. Students will learn about the process of research, including the development of research questions, the purpose of various social science research methods, the role of professional ethics, and general approaches to the analysis and interpretation of data. Students will develop the ability to read and critique basic social science research articles and to implement simple research designs. Students will develop and write a research proposal around a specific research question informed by a review of the literature. Technical requirements include the ability to read and modify Microsoft Excel documents. This course is required of all degree-seeking students and should be taken in the first three quarters of enrollment. A final grade of C or better must be earned in this course to meet degree requirements.

NFP 4920 Portfolio Capstone (4 Credits)

The Portfolio Capstone course provides students the opportunity to reflect on the work they have done throughout their graduate studies at University College and synthesize their learning. Students in the Portfolio Capstone course produce deliverables which include: (1) a thorough annotation of their portfolio, a process requiring critical and creative thinking about their educational experience, and (2) a pinnacle project that identifies, analyzes, and elaborates significant themes in their program experience, evaluates their accomplishments, connects their coursework to their professional goals, and assesses those goals in the context of their chosen field, is an applied project that is a relevant contribution to the field. Students must complete the Portfolio Capstone with a grade of B- or better.

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