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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Master of Nonprofit Management

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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

Core Courses (9 credit hours)
CBE 6010 Logic and Critical Analysis
CBE 6020 Leading in a New Era or 6550 Leading from Within
CBE 6030 Business Intelligence and Analytics or MNM 6510 - Research Methods for Nonprofit Organizations
Required Courses (24 credit hours)
MNM 6010 History, Theory and the Future of the Nonprofit Sector
MNM 6030 Communication Skills and Conflict Resolution
MNM 6100 Legal and Ethical Issues for Nonprofits
MNM 6240 Grant Writing
MNM 6440 Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations
MNM 6470 Program Development and Accountability
MNM 6480 Governance and Organizational Leadership
MNM 6700 Financial Resource Development
Capstone Requirement (3 credit hours)
Select one of the following two courses:
MNM 6770E-W Service Oriented Field Experience (SOFE)
MNM 6970 Professional Project
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 36 credit hours

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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Admission Criteria

Regis University’s College of Business and Economics is dedicated to delivering a world-class business education founded on individualized, values-based, experiential learning.  We seek to attract aspiring business leaders who demonstrate a passion for addressing today’s complex economic, environmental, and social challenges with an ethical and innovative approach that addresses urgent civil needs.

We base our admissions evaluation on the totality of information available in the admissions application. No single factor (GPA performance, essay, letters of recommendation, work experience or test scores) is the deciding factor for admission. We consider each application holistically, and take into account factors such as experience, fit with Regis University’s mission, aspirations, values, and accomplishments.

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree either from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or equivalent if bachelor’s is from outside the U.S.

*Note: All accepted students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or lower upon acceptance must take MNM 600A (Critical Reading & Writing for Graduate Students) & MNM 600C (Business Intelligence & Analytics) as their first two classes and receive a B- or better on their first attempt.  If a student receives lower than a B- in either class, they will not be able to proceed in the MNM program without proven remediation such as taking undergrad statistics or writing.

Materials Needed for Application and Admission*

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • Application fee: $50.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • 3.0 GPA or higher in most recent 30 hours of accredited academic coursework required. All credits used to calculate GPA must be from a regionally accredited institution.  Official degree-bearing transcripts must be sent directly from your previously attended school to the Regis University Admissions Office (see below for address).
  • Current resume
  • Admission essay (instructions to upload your completed essay are included in the online application)
  • Our Admissions Committee encourages all applicants to take the GMAT or GRE. Other factors may be considered in lieu of the GMAT/GRE and are listed below. Official GMAT or GRE scores from tests completed within the past 5 years are necessary when submitting test scores.
GMAT/GRE Waiver Options
  • If applicant possesses a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution, the GMAT/GRE is waived. 
  • If applicant has demonstrated two or more years or more of full-time professional work or military experience, including three years or more of project management/supervisory responsibility, an applicant may request an exception to the above requirements. 
  • If applicant has other relevant professional certification(s)*, strong career progression, or professional leadership experience, a GMAT/GRE waiver may be considered. 
  • If applicant possess an undergraduate degree from Regis University, the GMAT/GRE may be waived with two letters of recommendation from Regis University faculty.
*Examples of professional certifications that may be considered for GMAT/GRE test score waiver include, but are not limited to, SHRM-CP, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Financial Accountant (CFA), Six Sigma Black Belt or Green Belt, or Project Management Professional (PMP). Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens or received their undergraduate degrees outside the U.S.  More information can be found here

NOTE: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed. An applicant not meeting the above requirements may submit a request for special consideration by the Admissions Committee.

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Regis University
Office of Admissions
Mail Code: P-28
3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, CO 80221-1099

Electronic transcripts may be sent to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu

Applications are due one month 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

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