Earning your Master of Nonprofit Management Degree at Regis

For you, a career is about more than money or prestige. It’s about making a difference. At Regis University, an essential part of our mission is to focus on the service of humanity, locally and globally. Our Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) degree prepares you to be an effective leader, with the skillset to advance nonprofits by blending theory, real-world experience and social justice.
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Master Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit Management Degree Overview

Are you thinking about how a master’s degree in nonprofit management can help you take on a leadership role with greater responsibility? We’ll help you explore your options further, starting with these questions.

Why should I study nonprofit management?

If you’re a working professional in the nonprofit industry and looking for a leadership opportunity, a master’s degree may be right for you. People like you are building rewarding careers and making a positive impact, both locally and globally.

A graduate degree can put you ahead of your peers in a growing industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nonprofit workforce is the third largest of all U.S. industries. Jobs in the sector represent more than 10% of total employment, accounting for 11.4 million jobs in the U.S.

The career outlook for the nonprofit industry is bright. Fifty percent of nonprofits surveyed by Nonprofit HR anticipate creating new positions in the coming year.

Is nonprofit management for me?

Start by asking yourself this: Are you committed to achieving a mission and influencing change while doing meaningful work? If so, our MNM degree will prepare you for career opportunities in fields like health services, education, social assistance, arts and culture, environmental protection and economic development.

Students are often employed in the sector and want to take on more leadership responsibilities. Or, they’re looking to begin a career in roles such as:

  • Fundraising
  • Public relations and communications
  • Community outreach
  • Government relations and advocacy
  • Grantmaking
  • Program administration and management

What types of people are attracted to our nonprofit management program? You’re likely to share some common traits, such as:

  • Faith in humanity
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Compassion
  • Strong sense of justice
  • Diligence

What will I learn in Regis’ Master Nonprofit Management program?

This master’s degree is designed in accordance with Regis University’s time-honored Jesuit mission to provide values-centered education while strengthening the commitment to community service.

What are the key learning objectives of our MNM program? Through coursework, discussions and a capstone project, you’ll prepare to be an effective leader, exhibiting professional competency in integrating theory, experiences and social justice in an effort to promote the advancement of the sector.

Our MNM program includes the full range of skills needed in a wide spectrum of nonprofit organizations, including:

  • Financial management
  • Program development accountability
  • Governance and organizational leadership
  • Human resource leadership

You’ll question assumptions, be presented with varying perspectives, and seek solutions that are responsible to all stakeholders – the essence of ethical leadership.

Regis faculty facilitate course discussion, shape service learning projects and prompt reflections that will give you the insight and skills you need to meet the world’s challenges.

What class formats are available?

Both on-campus (1 weeknight per week) and online (asynchronous) courses are offered.

Program Start Dates

January, March, May, June, August, October (courses taught in 8-week terms, start dates every 8 weeks)

Meet our nonprofit management faculty

M.D. Kinoti, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Master Nonprofit Management
Crystal Evans, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Master Nonprofit Management

“Regis is trying to develop students who are thoughtful and critical, but who lead with a sense of passion and ethics. We want students to ask ‘why’ and look toward the future to see how they can serve the common good. We’re not just developing managers or volunteers, we’re developing leaders. And those are the type of people who’ll influence change in the nonprofit sector.” – M.D. Kinoti, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Master Nonprofit Management.

Career Opportunities in Nonprofit Management

What careers can I get with a nonprofit management degree?

With a Master of Nonprofit Management degree, you’ll be prepared for a variety of roles, no matter your personal calling. You’ll develop the skills to work alongside your colleagues to meet the needs and challenges of people in your community and around the globe. Commonly held nonprofit management titles include:

  • Executive director, president or CEO
  • Chief development officer
  • Director of corporate and external relations
  • Program director
  • Director of foundation and government support
  • Director of case management
  • Social and community service manager, among other roles

Graduates will be prepared for a future leadership opportunities, managing teams of nonprofit professionals and volunteers.

Career support from Regis

Career Services at Regis provides you with the resources and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose a degree program, explore and find a new career path, or create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Career Services page.

What salary can I get with a Master Nonprofit Management degree?

Salary numbers for nonprofit management jobs vary by title and experience, but below are figures for some common positions with varying experience levels. All information is via The NonProfit Times.

  • Chief program officer: $100,485
  • Chief development officer: $108,793
  • Government relations director: $90,259
  • Communications/public relations director: $75,444
  • Environmental program director: $63,660
  • Foundation program officer: $68,286

Program Requirements

Required Courses (27 credit hours)
MNM 601 History, Theory and the Future of the Nonprofit Sector*
MNM 607 Social Justice and the Nonprofit Sector*
MNM 633 Human Resource Leadership in NPOs
MNM 644  Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations 
MNM 647  Program Development and Accountability 
MNM 648  Governance and Organizational Leadership 
MNM 651  Research, Inquiry and Analysis in NPO/NGOs** 
MNM 655  Leading From Within or MNM 684 Leadership and Organizational Development 
MNM 670  Financial Resource Development 
*MNM 601 and MNM 607 must be completed prior to taking any other MNM 600-level courses 
**MNM 651 must be completed prior to taking either of the capstone courses 
General Electives (6 credit hours)

In consultation with an advisor, select 2 classes (6 credit hours) of MNM courses, other CPS graduate-level courses, or graduate-level courses from the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.

Capstone Requirement (3 credit hours)
Select 1 of the following two Capstone courses:
MNM 677E-W Service Oriented Field Experience (SOFE)
MNM 697 Professional Project

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

How to Apply

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Materials Needed for Application and Admission

Applicants seeking a Masters in Nonprofit Management degree from Regis University must possess a baccalaureate degree in any field of study from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

Applicants must demonstrate an ability to achieve graduate-level writing and critical analysis before admission to the Master of Nonprofit Management degree program.

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • Application fee: $50.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript within 30 days of the date of application. Official transcript must reflect a baccalaureate degree awarded from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. If official transcript is not received within 30 days you will be unable to register for future courses until the transcript is received. A complete file can be reviewed by faculty with a copy of the unofficial degree-bearing transcripts from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Official transcript must be sent directly from your previously attended schools to the Regis University Admission Office.
  • Current resume
  • Completed admission essay based on provided topics: You should carefully describe and assess your engagement in the third sector in the essay portion of the application. The MNM degree program is designed to facilitate the practical application of learned knowledge within the context of leadership practice in a nonprofit organization.
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

Applications due two weeks prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.

*Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.


2015-2016 Academic Year TuitionEffective Fall 2015

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $17,870
36 $495
Online $17,870 36 $495 $50

2016-2017 Academic Year TuitionEffective Fall 2016

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $18,900
36 $525
Online $18,900 36 $525

Additional fees may apply. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information. Click here for information regarding student parking fees.