MA in Organizational Leadership - Nonprofit Management Courses
Students pursuing the Nonprofit Management concentration in the MAOL program will take 4 concentration courses (12 credit hours).
ORGL-55800 Planning Strategically (3)
This course will review traditional management planning processes and then examine the planning process from a strategic perspective. Students will learn how to apply a variety of management tools and techniques for decision making and will develop strategic approaches to management decisions. This course is designed to encourage students to think strategically and operationally about organizations in an increasingly diverse management environment. Students develop a strategic plan in this course following the Bryson model.
ORGL-56100 Organizational Cultures and Systems (3)
This course focuses on how to research and understand the elements contributing to an organization's unique culture, including basic philosophy, value system, communication patterns and styles and social roles. Students will learn how to assess the development of organizational structures and behavior factors within organizations of different types and sizes.
ORGL-56700 Working with the Community: Boards to Volunteers (3)
This course offers students the opportunity to investigate the structure of effective for-profit and not-for-profit boards. Students will draw upon knowledge and experience to investigate the principles of board governance, the differences and similarities in the structures of for-profit and not-for-profit boards, the roles and responsibilities of board leaders and members and the importance of diversity on boards. In addition, methodology for effective and productive board meetings, as well as strategies for establishing goals centered on organizational mission will be discovered. Students will focus on the integral nature of effective collaboration. Strategies for effectively working with volunteers will also be explored.
ORGL-57000 Stewardship and External Support (3)
This course examines the nature of fundraising and development strategies for not-for-profit organizations. Students begin with reviewing organizational fundraising strategies and how such strategies align with organizational vision and strategic plan. Topics include strategies for annual appeals, events, websites and social media, grants, corporate support, proposal writing, major gifts and planned gifts. Students learn to assess an organization's readiness for fundraising, as well as develop a competency for the skills required for success in fundraising and development.