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Why Study Nonprofit Management

Drexel’s Master of Science in Nonprofit Management: Public, Professional & Social Sectors helps you build a career with purpose—whether you’re just getting started, looking to transition or boosting your credentials in the nonprofit world. From human rights and social services to education and environmental outreach, our program can help you flourish in the field that excites you.


Our degree equips you with the following demonstrable skills:

Communication — Enhance your oral, written and presentation skills to easily and effectively collaborate with, and lead, others in the workplace. You also learn how to communicate with outside constituents, board members and community leaders while honoring the organization’s mission.

Campaign management — You build the strategic planning, management, communication and financial skills needed to effectively run annual funds and capital campaigns.

Donor cultivation — Using communication, leadership and nonprofit sector trends, as well as specific mission information, you cultivate interested individuals into donors, elevate small donors into capital-level donors, and maintain those relationships over time.

Ethics — You develop a strong moral and ethical framework to manage mission-driven, largely volunteer-based institutions.

Self-assessment — You gain the ability to examine one’s role, responsibility and effectiveness within an organization. By acknowledging strengths and weaknesses, you can capitalize on strengths while also targeting specific areas for growth.


The Master of Science in Nonprofit Management: Public, Professional & Social Sectors is an ideal degree for those looking to become, or enhance skills as a:

  • General and Operations Manager
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Manager
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Planned Gifts Officer
  • Director, Foundation Relations
  • Major Gifts Officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Talent Director
  • Program Director
  • Executive Director
  • Donor Relations Manager
  • Director of Development
  • Board Member
  • Director
  • Vice President of Advancement


According to the National Philanthropic Trust, as of 2015, there were 1,521,052 charitable organizations registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Urban Institute reported the nonprofit sector contributed an estimated $905.9 billion to the US economy in 2013. The 2015 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey revealed that 10.7 million employees are employed in the nonprofit sector, and 50% of nonprofits reported an intention to hire more staff (compared to the private sector’s 36%).