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Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration Online

The dynamic, 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.

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Program Overview

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 online gives students that and more with an opportunity to also earn their Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credentials.

Total Program Tuition icon $12,323.41* Total Program Tuition
Program Duration icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
Credit Hours icon 33 Credit Hours
Total Program Tuition icon $12,323.41* Total Program Tuition
Program Duration icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
Credit Hours icon 33 Credit Hours

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.

Why choose the LSUS 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
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

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.

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Tuition

Our M.S. in Nonprofit Administration online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total Program Tuition
$12,323.41* Total Program Tuition
Total Program Tuition
$373.44 Tuition Per Credit Hour

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Per Credit Hour Per 3 Credit-Hour Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$307.49 $65.95 $373.44 $922.46 $197.85 $1,120.31
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"One of the benefits of our nonprofit administration online master’s program is that our professors are practitioners. Many of them have worked in the field. They’re able to provide students with real nonprofit experience in addition to their academic background."

-Stacey Hargis, Interim Director, M.S. Nonprofit Administration

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Our M.S. in Nonprofit Administration online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, featuring accelerated course work and multiple start dates per year.

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Start Date App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Begins Early Registration & Final Tuition Deadline
10/28/2019 10/7/2019 10/14/2019 4/8/2019 10/23/2019
1/13/2020 12/9/2019 12/16/2019 11/11/2019 1/8/2020
3/9/2020 2/17/2020 2/24/2020 11/11/2019 3/4/2020
5/11/2020 4/20/2020 4/27/2020 4/13/2020 5/6/2020
7/6/2020 6/15/2020 4/27/2020 4/13/2020 7/1/2020
8/31/2020 8/10/2020 8/17/2020 4/13/2020 8/27/2020
10/26/2020 10/5/2020 10/12/2020 4/13/2020 10/21/2020

Note: All payments must be made no later than 11:30 p.m. CST. Payment for classes added after the Final Tuition Deadline will need to be made prior to 11:30 p.m. the next day. Students who register and/or pay after the Final Tuition Deadline may be subject to a $50 late fee.

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Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree and preparing for more rewarding opportunities. We’ve streamlined the process so you can get started quickly and easily. Students interested in the M.S. in Nonprofit Administration online program must meet the following requirements for admission.

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  • Submit the graduate application and $20 application fee
  • GPA: A minimum 2.5 grade point average on the undergraduate degree (on a 4.0 scale) or a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours attempted in the degree program. Additionally, a 3.0 GPA is required on any graduate work previously attempted with no more than 6 credit hours with a grade of "C" and no grades of "F".
  • Academic Standing: Graduate students must be in satisfactory standing at the last institution that they attended.
  • Entrance Exam: No GRE is required.
  • Once your materials have been received, you will receive notification from Graduate Studies and your materials will be forwarded to the graduate director of the MSNPA program.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and any other required official documents

Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources should be mailed to:

LSUS
Admissions and Records Office
One University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115

Transcripts may also be submitted via secure means—e.g., eSCRIP-SAFE—to admissions@lsus.edu.

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To be considered for admission to any of our graduate programs, students must first meet the LSUS Graduate School admission requirements.

Graduates of colleges or universities accredited by the proper regional accrediting association may apply for admission to graduate study at LSUS. Admission is restricted to include only those students whose academic records indicate they can successfully undertake graduate work in the proposed area. Admission to graduate study at LSUS requires that all previously undertaken graduate work meets LSUS academic standards.

Unconditional Admission: For unconditional admission to graduate study, students must be in satisfactory standing at the last institution attended and meet all admission requirements of a degree program. The following categories of students are eligible for unconditional admission to graduate study at LSUS.

Students With a Graduate Degree From a Regionally Accredited University [+]

Unless specified otherwise by individual programs, graduate students who possess a graduate degree previously earned from a regionally accredited university are eligible for unconditional admission.

Students With an Undergraduate Degree and Some Graduate Course Work [+]

Applicants who have some graduate course work but do not possess a previously earned graduate degree must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on the undergraduate degree or a 2.50 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours attempted in the undergraduate degree program and a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on any graduate work attempted, with no grades of D or F.

Students With an Undergraduate Degree and No Previous Graduate Course Work [+]

Applicants who do not possess a previously earned graduate degree must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on the undergraduate degree or a 2.50 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours attempted in the degree program.

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International applicants must meet regular admission requirements for their selected program. In addition, you may be required to submit the following additional information.

  • Submit graduate application and $30 application fee
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores
    • If your native language is not English, you must submit a score of at least 550 on the paper administered test, 80 on the internet-based version, or 213 on the computer-based version on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless a degree has been obtained from an accredited United States institution. Additional information regarding the exams can be found at teofl.org or ielts.org.
    • Applicants may be exempt if they meet one of the following criteria:
      • U.S. citizens (this includes U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa)
      • Permanent resident
      • Citizen of a TOEFL/IELTS exempt country. Exempted countries can be verified here.
  • An official transcript (sent directly from the registrar) from all colleges/universities attended should be sent to the Admissions and Records Office. Transcript(s) should reflect all graduate and undergraduate work and any degrees previously awarded.

Hand-delivered evaluations must remain in the original, sealed, unopened envelope to be considered official. Official transcripts may be mailed directly from the granting institution(s) to:

LSUS
Admissions and Records Office
One University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115

Transcripts may also be submitted via secure means—e.g., eSCRIP-SAFE—to admissions@lsus.edu.

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"So many of the students in this program have a wealth of real life experiences. They know more about nonprofits than anyone in the world. If we had to put them in a think tank, I think you would have some of the most brilliant minds in the country."

DeAnn Arnold, Instructor

Courses

Students in the M.S. in Nonprofit Administration online program must complete 33 credit hours of course work. Students in the Nonprofit Development track must complete two seminar courses (six credit hours) in the place of NPA 780 and NPA 799.

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Students must take the following courses.

NPA 702: Development of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

NPA 703: Administrative Law and Nonprofit Organizations

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

NPA 706: Nonprofit Administration Research Methods

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

NPA 708: Nonprofit Administration Theory and Research

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

NPA 710: Nonprofit Human Resource and Administration

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

NPA 734: Nonprofit Governance and Decision Making

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

NPA 761: Nonprofit Financial Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

NPA 762: Nonprofit Resource Development

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

SOCL: Social Institutions

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

NPA 780: Structure and Process in Human Services Administration

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

NPA 799: Thesis

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

Students in the Nonprofit Development track are not required to complete NPA 780 and NPA 799; instead, they must complete the following courses.

NPA 763: Seminar in Planned Giving

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

NPA 764: Seminar in Development

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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 2019 pricing and subject to change without notice. Tuition listed above does not include optional foundation courses.

**Professional experience is determined on a case-by-case basis using a resume and any requested supporting documents. Our Admissions Committee evaluates an individual's accomplishments, roles, and responsibilities to determine the total number of years of professional experience.

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

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