Lead and Direct Policy in a Non-Profit Organization

IU South Bend’s MPA – Non-Profit Administration and Policy master’s degree concentration prepares students to take a primary role in charities, conservation groups, religious associations, and other such organizations. In addition to the 18 hours of MPA core credit and 9 credits of electivs typically required, students will earn 12 master’s credit hours specifically dedicated to the skills necessary to administer non-profit organizations, which are distinct from for-profit businesses and government. The degree prepares students to meet the special challenges inherent in philanthropy, volunteerism, civic investment, and other such concerns so important to the non-profit sector.

  • Complete your master’s degree in as little as 2 years.
  • Attend evening classes on weekday nights that fit conveniently into a working adult’s schedule.
  • Graduate with skills you need to become the manager, director, or policy director of a non-profit organization or a lobbyist for a non-profit group.

MPA non-profit program concentration highlights

  • Gain professional management skills along with the ability to analyze contemporary political, economic, and social issues.
  • Complete a comprehensive capstone project that incorporates the scope of your master’s education in lieu of writing a master’s thesis.
  • Study with professors who are well connected in the regional non-profit sector and who regularly enhance their classes by inviting in guests from the non-profit field.
  • Be part of small classes that allow your professors to get to know you well.
  • Earn credit for your previous non-profit experience by exploring the mid-career credit option that may award from 1-6 credit hours for past work in the field.

Interesting MPA – Non-profit courses you may take

Non-profit Management – Explore the theory and practice of the management of nonprofit organizations, as well as their role in society.

Civic Groups and Public Policy – Gain understanding of the interaction of government and nonprofit organizations in public policy.

Resource Development for Non-profit Organizations – Undertake a survey of the management of financial and volunteer resources in nonprofit organizations.

More about Indiana University South Bend’s MPA courses

Career Outlook for Non-profit Leaders

Non-profit sector employment is expected to grow by 14 percent through the decade ending in 2018. This is faster than the 11 percent growth forecast across all industries. Advocacy and grant-writing are seen as especially strong areas of employment. For more information, go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics web page: