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New Grad Degree Focuses on Growing Nonprofit Sector


Fontbonne University OPTIONS has announced a new Master of Science degree in nonprofit management beginning January 2011 and offered through the Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies. The program fuses essential principles and practices from business and nonprofit fields into a specialized curriculum that prepares students for the major responsibilities and challenges facing professionals in this fast-growing sector.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook of Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job growth in nonprofit management is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2018. Analysis done by the Bridgespan Group predicts this sector will need close to 640,000 new leaders over the next decade, approximately 2.4 times more than currently employed in nonprofit organizations. Growth is being driven by several factors including an increasing number of nonprofits and voids created as leaders from the baby boomer generation retire. 

Offering a nonprofit management degree within the framework of a university’s business school is unique in the St. Louis area, according to Fontbonne officials. 

“By combining the business and human services components, we give our students a deep understanding of the complexities of managing a nonprofit organization,” said Linda Maurer, dean of the Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies.

The program was designed based on extensive input by experienced nonprofit practitioners from a wide cross section of nonprofit fields. Many of these experts will also be teaching in the program.

“This field has its own set of dynamics and complexities that determine if an organization will be successful in meeting its mission,” Maurer said. “Students will explore social, legal, and financial issues, as well as organizational and governance issues – all specific to nonprofits. And, like all Fontbonne University programs, at our core, we prepare students to think critically, act ethically and assume responsibility as leaders.”

The master’s in nonprofit management is designed for those already in the field who seek to advance their career or those transitioning into nonprofit work and is ideal for working professionals who seek practical knowledge for immediate use on the job. Courses are eight weeks and can be taken one or two at a time. 
Learn more about the master's in nonprofit management.