Online Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration
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Learn to Lead Nonprofit Organizations With Confidence and Expertise
Building community, managing diversity, and nurturing vision are crucial to nonprofits' success in financial management and strategic planning. Louisiana State University Shreveport's online Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration helps students gain the skills to accomplish all of those activities. This program offers applied learning taught by experienced, full-time practitioners who build relevant and real-world nonprofit experience into the course work to give you insight for success in nonprofit leadership.
You can tailor this degree to your professional goals with three specialized tracks. The Nonprofit Administration Track focuses on the management of nonprofit organizations including organizational design, behavior, structure, and process. You will study collaborative partnerships between nonprofits and boards of directors, volunteer leadership, and staff. The Nonprofit Development Track focuses on marketing and promoting donations, volunteer development, and donor stewardship. You will gain in-depth knowledge of organizational behavior and management, strategies of donor giving, trends in fundraising methods, and best practices in leadership and stewardship. The Disaster Preparedness Track focuses on management of critical and crisis situations in primarily emergency relief organizations. Graduates have the opportunity to independently seek their Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credentials through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.
Nu Lambda Mu Honor Society
Students are eligible to become members of the Nu Lambda Mu honor society through LSUS's Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) accreditation.
We offer accelerated course work, allowing students to finish in as few as 12 months.
The 100% online program features a flexible format that is ideal for working professionals.
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All students receive a dedicated coach from application to graduation.
I enjoyed being in an online environment with classmates from all over the country. Not only were the professors amazing, but many of my classmates actively worked in the nonprofit sector. It was great to learn from my classmates’ experiences- it helped to solidify the course material and make it applicable to the real world. Because of this program, I feel very prepared to enter a leadership position at a nonprofit.”
Nikki Stork, MS, CNP
MSNPA 2022 Graduate
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Cost Online Master in Nonprofit Administration
The nonprofit administration master’s program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. All fees are included in the total tuition.
Total credit hours per program: 33 credit hours
Cost per credit hour: $374
Total cost with fees: $12,323.41*
Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.
Course Listings Online Master in Nonprofit Administration
Students in the M.S. in Nonprofit Administration online program must complete 33 credit hours of course work, including 27 credit hours of core courses and 6 credit hours of specialty courses.
Students must complete the following courses.
|Core: 9 courses||Credit Hours|
|NPA 702: Development of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations||3|
|NPA 703: Administrative Law and Nonprofit Organizations||3|
|NPA 706: Nonprofit Administration Research Methods||3|
|NPA 708: Nonprofit Administration Theory and Research||3|
|NPA 710: Nonprofit Human Resource and Administration||3|
|NPA 734: Nonprofit Governance and Decision Making||3|
|NPA 761: Nonprofit Financial Management||3|
|NPA 762: Nonprofit Resource Development||3|
|SOCL 620: Social Institutions||3|
|Total Required Credit Hours||27|
Nonprofit Administration Track
Students selecting the Nonprofit Administration Track must take the following courses.
|Nonprofit Administration: 2 courses||Credit Hours|
|NPA 780: Structure and Process in Nonprofit Administration||3|
|NPA 798: Directed Project||3|
|Total Required Credit Hours||6|
Nonprofit Development Track
Students selecting the Nonprofit Development Track must take the following courses.
|Nonprofit Development: 2 courses||Credit Hours|
|NPA 763: Seminar in Planned Giving||3|
|NPA 764: Seminar in Development||3|
|Total Required Credit Hours||6|
Disaster Preparedness Track
Students selecting the Disaster Preparedness Track must take the following courses.
|Disaster Preparedness: 2 courses||Credit Hours|
|DPPA 601: Disaster Preparedness Administration||3|
|DPPA 620: Local, State, and National Disaster Response||3|
|Total Required Credit Hours||6|
Admission Requirements Online Master in Nonprofit Administration
The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree and preparing for more rewarding opportunities. We’ve streamlined the process so you can get started quickly and easily. Students interested in the Nonprofit Administration online degree program must meet the following requirements for admission.
- Submit graduate application and $20 application fee
- GPA: A minimum 2.5 grade point average on the undergraduate degree (on a 4.0 scale) or a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours attempted in the degree program. Additionally, a 3.0 GPA is required on any graduate work previously attempted with no more than 6 credit hours with a grade of "C" and no grades of "F".
- Academic Standing: Graduate students must be in satisfactory standing at the last institution that they attended.
- Entrance Exam: No GRE is required.
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and any other required official documents
Once your materials have been received, you will receive notification from Graduate Studies and your materials will be forwarded to the graduate director of the MSNPA program.
Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources should be mailed to:
Admissions and Records Office
One University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115
Transcripts may also be submitted via secure means—e.g., eSCRIP-SAFE—to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*This degree does not lead to any additional certification if the graduate does not already possess a teaching certificate.
To be considered for admission to any of our graduate programs, students must first meet the LSUS Graduate School admission requirements.
Graduate School Admission:
Unconditional Admission: For unconditional admission to graduate study, students must be in satisfactory standing at the last institution attended and meet all admission requirements of a degree program and one of the following:
Earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited university, OR
Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.75 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of courses.
A minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is required on any graduate work attempted with no grades of D or F.
International applicants must meet regular admission requirements for their selected program. In addition, you may be required to submit additional information. Learn more about international admission requirements.
*Professional experience is determined on a case-by-case basis using a resume and any requested supporting documents. The LSUS Admissions Committee evaluates an individual's accomplishments, roles, and responsibilities to determine the total number of years of professional experience.
Career Opportunities Online Master in Nonprofit Administration
- Assistant Director of Fundraising
- Program Director
- Executive Director
- Marketing/Research Associate
- Director of Public Relations
- Operations Manager
- Board Member or Chair
- Program Manager
- Social Services
- Community Engagement Liaison
- Director of Development and Communications
- Manager of Community Development
- Volunteer Coordinator
- Planned Giving Officer
- Database Manager
- Disaster Response Project Manager
- Emergency Response Specialist
- Director of Corporate Giving
- Corporate Relations Manager
- Finance Officer
- Human Resources
- Legal Counsel
Accreditation Online Master in Nonprofit Administration
The Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration program at Louisiana State University Shreveport is accredited by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) and is only one of 12 programs in the world accredited by this prestigious governing body.
What Will I Learn? Online Master in Nonprofit Administration
Students who graduate with a master’s degree in nonprofit administration will have the skills to manage the formation, behavior, and operations of nonprofit organizations. You also have the opportunity to align your degree with your career aspirations with three specialized tracks.
- The Nonprofit Administration Track focuses on the management of nonprofit organizations including organizational design, behavior, structure, and process. You will study collaborative partnerships between nonprofits and boards of directors, volunteer leadership, and staff.
- The Nonprofit Development Track focuses on marketing and promoting donations, volunteer development, and donor stewardship. You will gain in-depth knowledge of organizational behavior and management, strategies of donor giving, trends in fundraising methods, and best practices in leadership and stewardship.
- The Disaster Prepardness Track focuses on the management of critical and crisis situations in primarily emergency relief organizations.
Why Choose This Program? Online Master in Nonprofit Administration
- Taught by faculty active in the nonprofit sector
- No foundation courses required
- A personal advisor to work with you from enrollment to graduation
- Affordable tuition with payment options and financial aid available
- Graduate Assistantship Information: Students are able to apply for local and virtual graduate assistant positions for 10-20 hours a week as they become available. Position openings are announced through the MSNPA email listserv. These positions involve conducting research for the Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research and assisting with outreach activities. Graduate Assistant positions also cover tuition.
- MSNPA works with students to submit proposals and present at regional and national conferences in nonprofit and philanthropic studies.
- The MSNPA program hosts quarterly zoom meetings and gives students an opportunity to network with one another, learn about academic and career advising and other university resources, and hear from program alumni.
- Students in the MSNPA program get hands-on experience through graduate research assistantship positions through the LSUS Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research.