The UNC MPA nonprofit management concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills essential to a career in leading and managing organizations in the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit organizations help strengthen our communities by enhancing our quality of life and assisting the disadvantaged.

The nonprofit sector in America is growing quickly, and nonprofit organizations are in search of leaders.

What can I do in nonprofit management with an MPA degree?

Nonprofit organizations are looking for qualified professionals to take on the leadership roles that have emerged as a result of rapid growth. A concentration in nonprofit management can prepare students for careers in the following areas:

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Foundation management
  • Grant writing
  • Human resources management
  • Nonprofit fundraising
  • Nonprofit management
  • Project management
  • Volunteer management
  • Consulting
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In the nonprofit management concentration, students will learn about the unique governance, funding, and tax structures that characterize the nonprofit realm. Explore the history and theoretical foundation for public policy and management in the nonprofit sector and the unique challenges faced by nonprofit managers. Coursework examines principles of effective management of nonprofits and program and policy evaluation. Students will also gain practical skills and strategies related to preparing grant applications and fundraising for nonprofit organizations.

Students who want to pursue a concentration in nonprofit management must complete at least nine credit hours from the list of electives below or other elective courses as approved in advance. For example, students often complete LAW 213 Nonprofit Law as part of this concentration.

PUBA 730 Government and Nonprofit Accounting and Reporting

3 credit hours (on-campus and online)

PUBA 756 Nonprofit Management

3 credit hours (on-campus and online)

PUBA 758 Navigating Nonprofit-Local Government Relationships in Organizations

3 credit hours (on-campus)

PUBA 763 Grant Writing and Evaluation

1.5 credit hours (on-campus)

PUBA 764 Grant Writing

3 credit hours (online)

PUBA 766 Boards and Governance

1.5 credit hours (online)

PUBA 767 The Practice of Systems Thinking and Collaboration: Mapping Cross-Sector Relations

1.5 credit hours (online)

PUBA 779 Strategic Fund Development for Nonprofit Leaders

1.5 credit hours (online)

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Teshanee Williams