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Field of Study: Nonprofit Management


Nonprofit management programs prepare people to run foundations, public agencies, and other not-for-profit organizations.



The nonprofit sector accounts for well over one million businesses. They provide education, health care, and many other services.

Nonprofit management programs include topics such as:

  • Budgeting
  • Staffing
  • Fundraising
  • Public administration
  • Accounting
  • Taxes and laws

Only a few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in nonprofit management. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Some universities offer graduate degrees in nonprofit management. Several universities offer specializations in nonprofit management as part of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Other programs that may offer specializations in nonprofit management include arts, health, or public administration.

A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.