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Master of Science Nonprofit Administration

Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months  |  Credit Hours: 33  |  Courses: 11  |  Tuition: $11,663.41*

In the 21st century, managing the community organizations that make a real difference requires both a commitment to social purpose and effective management skills. The LSU Shreveport M.S. in Nonprofit Administration program online gives students that and more with an opportunity to also earn their Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credentials.**

Our program offers applied learning taught by experienced full-time practitioners who build their recent and real-world nonprofit experience into the course work to give you the knowledge, skills and insight that set you up for success in nonprofit leadership. Graduates from any background will emerge with real-world knowledge, enviable connections and a critical combination of expert development and management tools. Plus, the optional Nonprofit Development track offers specialized expertise in capital campaign design, annual giving campaigns and planned giving.

LSU Shreveport's dynamic, agile, adaptive M.S. in Nonprofit Administration online recognizes that building community, managing diversity and nurturing vision are as crucial to the success of nonprofits as financial management and strategic planning.

** CNP certification may require attendance at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's annual conference or equivalent.

Online Course List


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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

A foundation course examining the origins and societal role of private nonprofit organizations including their social, political, economic, cultural and ideological importance in American society.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

A survey of legal concepts which affect the administration of human services from constitutional, statutory and common or case law. Particular emphasis will be given to such topics as: organization, authority and procedures of administrative agencies; judicial review of administrative decisions; tort liability; civil rights and legislation; client rights and privacy, contracts, employee relations and due process.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

An exploration of research techniques and procedures most applicable to nonprofit organizations with special emphasis on program evaluation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

This course explores theories and research related to the administration of nonprofit organizations. Students will spend time solving case studies on a range of topics such as mission statements, structural analysis, and human resource management among others.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

Current issues in human resource administration for employees of nonprofit organizations. Topics include such areas as recruitment, staff development, performance, evaluation, labor-management issues, and affirmative action.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

Analysis of the respective roles of board, executive director, staff and volunteers in nonprofit organizations. Techniques for achieving effective board meetings and committee work, the development of board members, and policy development.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

The conceptual and technical skills needed to manage financial and strategic control problems facing human service administrators. Topics to be addressed include financial planning and strategy, financial reports, types and sources of funding, cash management, banking relations, liabilities, investment policies and procedures, safeguarding assets, and financial policies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

An exploration of the theory, research, and best practice techniques on resource development for nonprofit organizations. Topics to be addressed include management of fund development, ethics and governance issues, environment and institutional readiness, annual giving programs, major gifts, audiences and environments, and support ingredients for successful fundraising.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

Analysis of major social institutions such as education, family, politics, and religion.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

The capstone of the nonprofit administration program, this course examines organizational behavior, structure, processes, and change as influenced by the practice of management. Implications of organizational design are explored. Applications are made to nonprofit organizations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

Three credits of research. Final grade is on a pass/no credit basis.

Note: Students in the Nonprofit Development track are not required to complete NPA 780 and NPA 799, but must complete the following courses instead:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

An exploration of aspects of planned giving. Major topics explored are types of planned giving, deferred gifts, a profile of planned givers, the motivations for planned giving, planners and their role, the giver and charitable institution connection, estate planning and planned giving, acknowledgments and recognition, the role of charitable boards, the role of chief executives, and the role of the planned giving professional.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

An exploration of selected topics on fundraising which draws upon the research and theory of physiology, organizational behavior, and management. Topics to be explored include: why people give, organizational strategies to maximize giving, shaping roles for giving within an organization, strategic organizations of various size, and future directions.

*Includes tuition and fees based on Spring 2017 pricing and subject to change without notice.

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LSUS is a member of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The exclusive Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is only available through the NLA’s 39 affiliated colleges and universities.

Why Choose the LSU Shreveport M.S. in Nonprofit Administration?

  • Taught by faculty active in the nonprofit sector
  • Offers Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) certification
  • No foundation courses required
  • A personal advisor to work with you from enrollment to graduation
  • Affordable tuition with payment options and financial aid available