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Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit organizations help strengthen our communities by enhancing our quality of life and assisting the disadvantaged. The Carolina MPA nonprofit management concentration can provide you with the knowledge and skills essential to a career in leading and managing organizations in the nonprofit sector.

What Can I Do in Nonprofit Management with a Master of Public Administration Degree?

Between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofit organizations in the United States increased 25 percent. Nonprofit organizations are now looking for qualified professionals to take on the leadership roles that have emerged as a result of this rapid growth. A concentration in nonprofit management can prepare you for a career in:

  • Consulting
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Foundation management
  • Grant writing
  • Human resources management
  • Nonprofit fundraising
  • Nonprofit management
  • Project management
  • Volunteer management


In the nonprofit management concentration at the Carolina MPA program, you 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. You will also gain practical skills and strategies related to preparing grant applications and fundraising for nonprofit organizations.

Students who want to pursue a concentration nonprofit management must complete at least 9 credits from the listing of electives below or other elective courses as approved by your Academic Advisor.  For example, students often take and recommend 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 757 Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations - 3 credit hours (on-campus - taught in SOSW)
  • PUBA 758 Navigating Nonprofit-Local Government Relationships in Organizations - 3 credit hours (on-campus and online)
  • PUBA 763 Grant Writing and Evaluation - 1.5 credit hours (on-campus)
  • PUBA 764 Grant Writing - 3 credit hours (online)

The faculty advisor for the nonprofit management concentration is Teshanee Williams. Williams’ areas of expertise include nonprofit management and cross-sector working relationships.