Spring 1 2024 classes start on January 15, 2024
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.
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.
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
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
The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. 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.
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|
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|
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|
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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