BS in Nonprofit Leadership & Management (NLM)

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The first undergraduate degree curriculum accredited by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. Read more.

The Nonprofit Leadership & Management, BS program will empower you through coursework and co-curricular experiences to help you become a successful professional who positively impacts the community in which you work. By completing the undergraduate program, you may also earn national certification and the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, which will prepare you to lead and strengthen nonprofit organizations.

The nonprofit sector in the United States is unique in form and function with more than 1.9 million organizations in the U.S. The Arizona nonprofit sector also is experiencing robust growth with more than 29,000 registered nonprofits and more than 1,500 new nonprofits formed yearly. Upon completion of the degree, you will understand the unique aspect of the social, political, economic, and philanthropic factors related to the nonprofit sector. In addition, you will possess the knowledge, skills, and competencies specific to the field of nonprofit leadership and management. The foundation competencies include aspects such as communication skills, personal attributes, historical and philosophical foundations, and youth/adult development theories. The professional development competencies include board/committee development, fundraising principles and practices, human resource development and supervision, nonprofit accounting and financial management, nonprofit marketing, and risk management.

During your undergraduate program, you may also desire to earn the nationally-recognized Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential which will prepare you to lead and strengthen nonprofit organizations. This is a 30 credit hour national certification program awarded through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Major (Nonprofit Leadership and Management, BS)


Certificate (CNP credential)

Earn the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.


The Nonprofit Leadership & Management major is a program within the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) in which students are eligible for reduced tuition.


The academic programs in Nonprofit Leadership & Management prepare students for professional positions in a variety of nonprofits in Arizona, nationally and abroad. Students can look forward to beginning careers in the following areas, among many others:

  • Advocacy
  • Animal Rights
  • Community Development
  • Corporate Philanthropy
  • Environmental Sciences and Education
  • Faith Based Organizations
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Foundations
  • Fundraising, Resource Development and Donor Relations
  • Global Issues
  • Grants Management
  • Health Care and Education
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing, Communication and Social Media
  • Program Design and Evaluation
  • Recreation Programs
  • Research Design and Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Justice
  • Special Events Management
  • The Arts
  • Volunteer Management
  • Youth and Family Services

Contact Us

School of Community Resources and Development undergraduate advisors are here to assist you in academic planning and success at ASU. Contact scrdadvising@asu.edu. For walk-in advising hours, call 602.496.0550.