Core Requirements (12 Credits)
There are 12 credit hours in core courses needed for the Master of Science in Non-Profit Management.
MS6010 Accounting Practices for Managers
The course provides the basic framework of accounting practices from the perspective of non-accounting managers. The course provides students with fundamental financial and managerial accounting principles to allow them to link individual and unit operational goals to the financial requirements of the organization. Students will understand when and how to use various analytical approaches based on the kinds of decisions needed and the particular stakeholders to be addressed.
MS6012 Economic Practices for Managers
This course addresses the fundamental economic principles of decision making including opportunity costs, factors of production, and competitive and comparative advantage. Risk and uncertainty are also analyzed. In addition, students address sustainable business principles in a rapidly changing economic and social environment. The course approaches all of these topics from the perspective of the practicing manager.
MS6014 Financial Practices for Managers (3)
The course builds on the principles of the MS6010 Accounting Practices for Managers course and the competencies established in the MS6012 Economic Practices for Managers course to provide the financial acumen necessary to make appropriate investment and spending decisions with limited information*. Students also explore the financial tools organizations use to capture and evaluate complex costs associated with business actions, such as environmental or social impacts that may be external to the firm.
Prerequisite: MS 6010, MS 6012
MS6900 The Functional Contribution to Organizational Success (Capstone)
MS6900 is an integrative project focused on adding value to the organization and integrating the material covered throughout the MS programs a session-long project. Students demonstrate analytical capacity in determining a course of action that contributes to the organization's financial and operational success while concurrently meeting the goals of the discipline and/or work unit in an ethical and professional manner. Project management tools and processes are presented.
Prerequisites: To be taken in the final session of the program
*The Capstone Course must be taken in the final session of the degree program.
Speciality Requirements (18 Credits)
MS6022 Managing the Non-profit Mission
The course examines issues impacting the nonprofit organization: the financial constraints, and the social, economic and political environment. Students will learn to identify strategic drivers needed to successfully implement the mission. Students learn methods to communicate the mission internally and varied external target audiences. Students also evaluate the meaning of competition in a mission-based environment, as well as, strategies for success.
MS6528 Strategic Planning and Competing Stakeholders
Students examine specific non-profit organizations for viability over time. Consideration is given to the meaning of success for the non-profit entity. In addition, students analyze the organizational environment to maximize the probability of meeting short-term operational goals while simultaneously building a long-term plan for the organization.
MS6530 Finance, Accounting, and Economics in the Non-Profit World
Students will critically analyze the accounting and financial requirements and opportunities faced by specific non-profit organizations in particular economic climates. Formal fiduciary obligations to the government and other stakeholders are examined as are funding sources, debt structure, and financial planning. Particular emphasis is given to prudent and transparent financial practices to manage and maintain the organization’s ethical reputation.
MS6532 Motivating and Leading Employees and Volunteers in the Non-Profit Sector
This course focuses on employee and volunteer management in the non-profit arena. Students examine methods to motivate and lead non-profit workers in light of limited financial incentives and flexibility. The challenge of a non-profit organization’s need to supply volunteers as primary providers v. as a supplementary workforce is covered. To meet the needs of the non-profit workforce, an analysis of equity and expectancy theory with a focus on redefining rewards and outcomes is discussed. In addition, students analyze measurability and transparency of key success metrics from the non-profit perspective.
MS6534 Promoting the Non-Profit
This course discusses the purpose of the non-profit organization and the creation of a mission-based value proposition and its dissemination within the community. Consideration is given to the challenges associated with the development of a single proposition v. multiple propositions based on stakeholder influence. Financial stewardship as a constraint and legitimizing factor as well as transparency are also explored in the course.
MS6536 Non-Profit Program Design and Execution
The course focuses on designing and delivering efficient and effective programs for the target audience that are consistent with the organizational mission. Students examine the advantages and disadvantages of single-program v multi-program non-profit organizations. Selecting and implementing appropriate performance measures, feedback and review systems for all initiatives and a plan to meet the needs of all stakeholders are considered.