By Amy Potthast.
Right this minute, our Idealist Grad Fair season is kicking off in New York City. To celebrate, we’ve got a fresh podcast for you: a look at nonprofit management programs through the eyes of three friendly admissions counselors. The podcast comes in three bite-sized installments. Click here to learn more and listen.
With a plethora of graduate disciplines available to you—MBA, MPA, Social Work—you may be wondering, why might I go for a specialized degree in nonprofit management?
We hope this show might help answer this question. Topics include:
- Part 1: What makes a degree in nonprofit management. Amy learns that it’s a very narrowly focused degree, mostly geared towards professionals already in the sector or career changers, and it prepares students for senior leadership positions in the sector.
- Part 2: The typical coursework students will encounter, plus the option of a certificate program.
- Part 3: Admissions and financial aid. What makes the ideal applicant, and how do students pay for their degrees?
Special thanks to our panelists:
Edward Grice is the Associate Dean of the MBA program in nonprofit management at the American Jewish University. Chris Nicholson is the Director of Graduate Admissions at North Park University in Chicago, home of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management. And Rebecca Zirm is the Director of Recruitment at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organization and Case Western Reserve University.
Links to learn more:
- Idealist Grad Fairs feature nonprofit management, public affairs, social work and other public service degrees — and they’re touring the country all fall.
- Idealist Grad School Resource Center features an overview of the nonprofit management degree, among others.
The Nonprofit Academic Centers Council is the accrediting body for nonprofit management degree programs across the country and a resource for people seeking the degree.
- Seton Hall’s Nonprofit Management resources include a great overview of nonprofit education and a listing of grad programs.
If you listen to the podcast, I’d love to hear what you think!
Amy Potthast served as Idealist’s Director of Service and Graduate Education Programs until 2011. Read more of her work at amypotthast.com.