Nonprofit Leadership and Management, BS

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Program Description

Through the BS in nonprofit leadership and management program, students are empowered to become successful professionals who work to advance the quality of life in communities. The nonprofit sector in the United States is unique in form and function. This sector includes institutions and individuals situated between government, public, business and commerce sectors. It is this sector, with more than 1.6 million organizations in the U.S., that employs more people than the finance, insurance and real estate industries, combined.

Philanthropy (voluntary action for the public good) is a hallmark of the nonprofit sector as individuals give their time, money and know-how to causes about which they care. Students in the nonprofit leadership and management program learn about the nonprofit sector through curriculum instruction and field experience. The required internship component of the program leads students to professional opportunities within the nonprofit sector. Within the undergraduate degree requirements, students may also choose to pursue the National Certified Nonprofit Professional credential through ASU's affiliation with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics, Inc.). For more information, access the school's website.

This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: Downtown Phoenix campus. Students from Western states who select this major and campus may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program.

Additional Program Fee: No

Second Language Requirement: No

First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

Program Math Intensity: program math intensity general General

Accelerated Degrees

This degree is also offered as an accelerated degree with:

Community Resources and Development (MS)
Community Resources and Development (Nonprofits and NGOs)

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. Eligible students will be advised in their junior and senior years by their academic department to apply.

Admission Requirements

General University Admission Requirements:

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.Freshman |Transfer |International |Readmission

Transfer Agreements

ASU has partnered with the following institutions to provide curriculum pathways for transfer to this ASU degree program:

Maricopa County Community College DistrictMaricopa County Community College District
Central Arizona College

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Career Opportunities

Depending on their interests, graduates seek work in various areas of the nonprofit sector. They find employment in diverse settings that include a wide range of missions, including arts and culture, environmental, health, youth development, etc. Some graduates work for local, grassroots, direct service nonprofits, for grant-making foundations, and many work in affiliates of well-known national organizations such as:

  • American Red Cross
  • America's Second Harvest
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • March of Dimes
  • National Urban League
  • United Way
  • youth-serving entities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, Camp Fire USA and the YMCA of the USA

Increasing opportunities in the nonprofit sector include careers across the spectrum of community issues such as the arts, environment, health care and others. Typical positions include roles as:

  • field executives
  • fund development directors
  • program directors
  • program officers for grant-making organizations
  • volunteer program managers

Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Career *Growth *Median Salary
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
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