WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A MASTER’S IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT?
Earning a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management can help you launch or advance your career in the nonprofit sector. Employers highly value the leadership and management skills learned through such a degree. Drexel’s MS in Nonprofit Management is a flexible, fully-online option that allows working professionals to gain in-demand skills needed to effectively lead. If you're wondering what you can do with a master's in nonprofit management, with a degree from Drexel, the possibilities are yours to make. There are a wide variety of nonprofit management jobs, and our degree program can help you find the right path, no matter where you are in your career.
Master's in nonprofit management careers
Our student population works in areas such as education, advocacy, religious organizations, environmental protection, law and education. While many of our students enter the program with a wide range of nonprofit experience, through the MS in Nonprofit Management, they enter the nonprofit workforce prepared with specific skills such as strategic planning, campaign management, donor cultivation and stewardship, and communication. In addition, students have worked directly with Philadelphia and other local area nonprofits to address their specific industry needs.
Career Options for master's in nonprofit management degree holders
Our students are prepared to lead nonprofit organizations in a variety of roles, including:
Donor Relations Manager
The Donor Relations Manager works directly with the Executive Director, Director of Development and Board Members to develop and foster strong relationships with the donor base. This will include correspondence, meetings and special events. Related courses include: Writing for Nonprofits, Nonprofit Communication, Donor Cultivation and Stewardship, Managing a Capital Campaign, Foundations in Fundraising and Ethics.
Director of Foundation Relations
This position is a bridge between the corporate and nonprofit sectors. The director will work with their corporate senior leadership to secure funding and collaborate with charitable organizations to support those that align with their corporate philanthropic mission. Related courses include: Writing for Nonprofits, Nonprofit Communication, Foundations in Fundraising and Ethics, Government and Nonprofit Accounting, and Strategic Social Media Communication.
Director of Development
The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for all fundraising activities including annual fund, capital campaigns, major gifts, planned giving and events. Central to these activities is donor cultivation and stewardship. Related Courses: Writing for Nonprofits, Nonprofit Communication, Foundations in Fundraising and Ethics, Government and Nonprofit Accounting, Strategic Social Media Communication, Donor Cultivation and Stewardship, Regional Volunteer Experience, Nonprofit Workshops I and II.
An Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and oversees all activities of the organization including financial management and planning, hiring and management of staff, programming, communicating the mission, ensuring fundraising goals are met, board relations and donor relations. Related Courses: Writing for Nonprofits, Nonprofit Communication, Foundations in Fundraising and Ethics, Government and Nonprofit Accounting, Strategic Social Media Communication, Donor Cultivation and Stewardship, Regional Volunteer Experience, Nonprofit Workshops I and II.
Those who possess a master’s degree in nonprofit management will be more attractive to potential nonprofit employers, and they’ll be more likely to move into roles with more responsibilities such as Director of Development, Major Gifts Officer, Director of Foundation Relations, Planned Giving Officer, Campaign Manager and even Executive Director.
Professionals seeking employment opportunities at larger nonprofits will find a variety of specific roles such as Public Relations and Fundraising Manager, Social and Community Service Manager, Fundraiser, Social Media Director, Director of Educational Programs, etc. with each role specifically outlined. Smaller nonprofits may have similar titles, however, potential employees will often perform more than one role and be given greater responsibility earlier in their careers.