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Master of Science in Leadership
Degree Programs > Master of Science in Leadership Concentration Options > Nonprofit Organizational Studies

Nonprofit Organizational Studies

Concentration Focus

The Nonprofit Organizational Studies Concentration of the Master of Science in Leadership program will empower students with in-depth knowledge, leadership and management skills necessary to lead the creation, maintenance and sustainability of nonprofit organizations.

Program Content

  • The influence of public sector theory, history, laws and regulations on the creation and maintenance of nonprofit organizations.
  • Principles of micro-economic analysis, fund development, proposal writing and ethics to the management and sustenance of nonprofit organizations.
  • Using data-driven processes to strategically plan, implement and evaluate programs and processes within nonprofit organizations.
  • Leadership and management practices of nonprofit organizations


Learners will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective leader in the nonprofit sector.

Who Should Pursue This Concentration?

  • Individuals who seek to expand their understanding of effective strategies for leading and managing nonprofit organizations.
  • Nonprofit executive directors, board members, program managers, volunteer coordinators, development directors, and foundation staff.

career impact of This Concentration

Nonprofit Organizational Studies provides advanced training for agency executives and board members with which they can build the capacity to do important work for the common good. According to GuideStar charity registry (2010), 7,050 nonprofits are registered in Northern Indiana alone. The disparity between the needs of nonprofits to receive training in financial management, stewardship, program planning and evaluation and the educational opportunities available to them is astounding.

Concentration Coursework (12 Credit Hours)

LDR 6203 Nonprofit Sector Foundations (3)
An examination of the social and legal history of nonprofit organizations in the United States, to develop an historical perspective and a sense of magnitude, scope, and functions of the nonprofit sector and its relationships with business and government. This course will first explore the theoretical bases upon which social scientists have sought to understand the role of the nonprofit sector in our economy and in our political and social systems, and will explore the issues that will shape the future of the sector. Learners will also receive a basic grounding in the laws and regulations governing nonprofit organizations. Content will include the procedures for incorporating, reporting, and maintaining tax-exempt status as a nonprofit organization, a familiarity with legal principles and research methods, and an overview of the legal, regulatory, and policy issues facing contemporary nonprofit organizations. Prerequisites: All LDR Core Courses ? LDR 5003, LDR 5023, LDR 5043, LDR 5063, LDR 5083, LDR 5203

LDR 6223 Financial Management and Sustainability of Nonprofit Organizations (3)
This course will provide the student with an understanding of basic principles of micro-economic analysis, put the nonprofit sector into perspective within the framework of the overall economy, and present strategies for organizational sustainability that incorporate fund development programs, private, corporate and government funding streams. Prerequisites: All LDR Core Courses ? LDR 5003, LDR 5023, LDR 5043, LDR 5063, LDR 5083, LDR 5203 LDR 5223, LDR 5243

LDR 6243 Quantitative Methods for Nonprofit Organization Planning and Evaluation (3)
This course will give students working knowledge of data analysis, statistical concepts, use of computers, research designs for program planning and evaluation, and quantitative techniques for problem solving. The intent is to ensure that executives and leaders are able to effectively utilize and interpret statistical data, technical reports, research findings, and evaluation studies, and employ basic quantitative methods in their own analysis of programs, problems and policies. Prerequisites: All LDR Core Courses ? LDR 5003, LDR 5023, LDR 5043, LDR 5063, LDR 5083, LDR 5203 LDR 5223, LDR 5243

LDR 6266 Nonprofit Capstone (6)
This course is the capstone course for all students in the Nonprofit Concentration. The capstone is a special project conducted in a nonprofit organization. It may be arranged within the organization in which the student is employed or in another organization which agrees to work with the student on a project of mutual interest. It is anticipated that most projects will be arranged within agencies in which students currently work. The capstone experience affords each student an opportunity to go through a process that will generate a solution(s) to a critical problem or issue for the organization. Prerequisites: All LDR Core Courses ? LDR 5003, LDR 5023, LDR 5043, LDR 5063, LDR 5083, LDR 5203 LDR 5223, LDR 5243; Nonprofit Organizational Studies Concentration foundation course ? LDR 6203


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