Bring your expertise where it’s needed most with a Master of Nonprofit Management degree.

Bring your expertise where it’s needed most with a Master of Nonprofit Management degree.

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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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 percent 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 program 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 of Nonprofit Management program?

Our program 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 become an effective leader, exhibiting professional competency in integrating theory, experiences and social justice as you help advance the entire field. 

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.

Is Regis’ MNM program accredited?

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional higher education institutional accreditors in the United States and a member of the North Central Association.

What class formats are available?

Nonprofit Management courses are offered online and in the classroom.

When do MNM classes start at Regis University?

Courses are offered in eight-week terms that begin in:

  • January
  • March
  • May
  • June
  • August
  • October

Faculty Spotlight

M.D. Kinoti, Ph.D., Associate Professor for 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 types of people who’ll influence change in the nonprofit sector.” Read the article

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 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 managers, among other roles

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

Career support from Regis

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis provides you with the resources, training and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic major, 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 Center for Career and Professional Development page.

What salary can I expect with a Master of 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

* Salary information is based on data from spring 2016.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (36 credit hours)
MNM 600A (CBE 601) Critical Reading and Writing for Graduate Students
MNM 600B (CBE 602) Leading in a New Era
MNM 600C (CBE 603) Business Intelligence and Analytics
MNM 601 History, Theory and the Future of the Nonprofit Sector
MNM 603 Communication Skills and Conflict Resolution
MNM 610 Legal and Ethical Issues for Nonprofits
MNM 624 Grant Writing
MNM 644 Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations
MNM 647 Program Development and Accountability
MNM 648 Governance and Organizational Leadership
MNM 670 Financial Resource Development
Capstone Requirement (3 credit hours)
Select one of the following two courses:
MNM 677E-W Service Oriented Field Experience (SOFE)
MNM 697 Professional Project

Prospective students, 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. (Current students contact an Academic Advisor in the College of Business and Economics).

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.

Tuition & Fees

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.