Major in Nonprofit Management & Leadership

Deliver essential services while advancing a cause you’re passionate about

Gain the skills you need to run organizations and programs that provide essential services to people from all walks of life. You’ll learn how to manage people, projects, and communication. You’ll study cost-benefit analysis, fund development, and financial management in order to develop the managerial tools necessary to lead healthy organizations while advancing a cause or mission that you’re passionate about. You’ll also have opportunities to explore global issues in the nonprofit sector by studying abroad in Denmark or France

Our recent graduates have landed nonprofit management jobs including:

  • Development Coordinator, American Lung Association
  • Fundraising Specialist,The ALS Association
  • Annual Fund and Gift Entry Manager, The Center for the Performing Arts

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Patrick McPartlin, Nonprofit Management and Leadership major

“It was rewarding to learn about the community, assess their needs, and then realize I had the opportunity to help actually change lives, even as a student.”

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Alumni success stories


DeAnthony Nelson, BSPA’17

Membership Associate United Nations Foundation, Washington, D.C.

“I’ve gone from volunteer coordination with a national park to fundraising at a museum. The flexibility and knowledge I gained from my degree have been invaluable to my career path.”


Charley Jackson, BSPA’19

MPA Student O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

“I chose nonprofit management because I felt like it had the most comprehensive curriculum and strongest faculty to expand on my knowledge of nonprofits and be prepared for a career in that field.”

Expert faculty

“Our students are mission-driven and recognize that nonprofit management allows you to pursue your passion—or the arts or the environment or animals—while also having a rewarding career.”

—Laura Littlepage, Clinical Associate Professor

50 years at O'Neill