Course descriptions for MNLM program

Course descriptions for MNLM program

Core Classes (15 Credit Hours)

NLM 510 The Nonprofit Sector
This course provides students with grounding in nonprofit management and the historical and philosophical foundations of the nonprofit sector in American society. Students identify and study issues and trends related to governance and delivery systems of the nonprofit sector.

NLM 520 Financial and Resource Management
Reviews fiscal-management accounting procedures, understand financial tools used by nonprofit managers, and provides basic framework for evaluating financial performance of a nonprofit organization and fund raising practices.

NLM 530 Program Evaluation & Information Management
This course provides the tools to design and conduct practical program evaluation research in today’s nonprofit organizations. Develops skills in several areas, including evaluation, needs assessment, information and data collection, data management and analysis, computer applications, and report writing. Students will select an individualized project and design a program evaluation specific to their organization.

NLM 540 Strategic Human Resource Management
This course addresses the challenges of managing paid staff and human resources in nonprofit organizations. Students will gain an understanding of human resource theories and tools to determine roles, evaluate responsibilities, and lead staff toward optimal performance. It will improve supervisory, management, and leadership skills. (Either used for Core Class OR Elective).

NLM 545 Volunteer Resource Management
This course explores issues relevant to volunteer management. Allows students to learn about maximizing resources in effective management of volunteers in carrying out the mission of organizations as well as ensuring volunteers have good experiences with community organizations. (Either used for Core Class OR Elective).

NLM 550 Philanthropy
This course examines the role of philanthropy in contemporary American society from perspectives of the nonprofit practitioner, the philanthropist and the general public. It also examines issues confronting nonprofit organizations related to fundraising and philanthropic purposes in society.

Capstone Class (3 Credit Hours)

NLM 620 Capstone: Integrative Seminar
Students identify and review key issues confronting the nonprofit sector, while integrating learning from the entire program. This course improves understanding of trends emerging within nonprofits such as leadership, resource development, and social responsibility. Students develop, present and defend their capstone project as the culminating experience in the MNLM program. (Prerequisite: MNLM Student; Advisor/Instructor approval. The capstone is to be taken in the final semester of the program after completion of all required core courses and most if not all elective courses. Core courses must have a grade of B (3.0) or better.)

Elective Classes (15 Credit Hours)

(Any NLM Class numbered 500 or above Qualifies as an Elective for the MNLM Program)

NLM 515 Nonprofit Organizational Behavior and Management
Organizational behavior theories and effective managment practices for nonprofits. Focuses on designing systems and developing habits to optimize the performance of individual employees and teams, in the context of the organization's goals, culture and capacity.

NLM 525 Fundraising and Resource Development
Examines fundraising and resource development in philanthropy from the perspective of the nonprofit practitioner. Also examines issues confronting nonprofit organizations related to fundraising and philanthropic purposes in society.

NLM 560 Leadership & Ethics
Examines leadership and ethical questions encountered by managers and leaders in the nonprofit organizations.

NLM 562 Social Entrepreneurship
Introduces social entrepreneurship, including how ideas are formulated, constructed, and implemented; experiential learning in developing a social enterprise plan.

NLM 565 Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
Provides practical, experiential instruction identifying grant makers, writing proposals, developing budgets, and evaluating grant proposals for the nonprofit sector. Students develop proposals based on actual, identified needs of their partner nonprofit organization.

NLM 570 International Non-Governmental Organizations
A small class emphasizing discussion, presentations by students, and written research papers. This course is designed to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of INGOs and the distinctions between them and their domestic counterparts.

NLM 572 Community & Social Innovations
Examines what makes a healthy community and investigates innovative and creative communities around the world.

NLM 605 Nonprofits, Law and Society
This graduate seminar is designed to enhance the legal sensibilities of nonprofit leaders and engaged stakeholders.

NLM 610 Executive Leadership and Governance
Examines the multiplicity of roles for executives and board of directors in providing strategic leadership for nonprofits.