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Graduate Courses - Nonprofit Administration


RSA 560 Issues in Nonprofit Administration - Historical, philosophical, and theoretical examination of the nonprofit sector, voluntary action, and philanthropy. Including the comparative perspectives, scope, and significance of the sector. Critical issues related to nonprofit governance, leadership, and board/committee development.

RSA 565 Nonprofit Grant Writing and Fundraising - Principles, practices, techniques, and ethics of nonprofit grant writing and fundraising. Philanthropy, relationship building, and comprehensive fund development processes. Special emphasis placed on writing grants and developing fundraising strategies.

RSA 570 Fiscal Administration in the Nonprofit Sector - Financial management, accountability, stewardship, planning, and transparency for nonprofit organizations. Financial literacy with emphasis placed on planning and reporting processes requisite for establishing and maintaining federal nonprofit status.

RSA 585 Nonprofit Practicum - Capstone supervised professional experience in approved nonprofit settings where students obtain professional nonprofit experience with agency and faculty supervision.

Additional RSA 585 details important for our students -

  • This course is designed to provide maximum flexibilty for students and nonprofit agencies.
  • This flexibility includes having each student develop a custom schedule for completing the course assignments.
  • Although the official university window for the class is usually mid-May through mid-August, students can complete their course most anytime during that timeframe and sometimes later if needed.
  • Besides the home work related to your practicum efforts, the course requires 75 hours of work with a nonprofit organization.
  • This class has always allowed students to work remotely with an agency or work on the ground with them face-to-face. This has largely depended on the student interest and agency needs.
  • Students already working for a nonprofit agency are not required to find another agency for their practicum course, but it is important to identify new opportunities for the student to complete during the course.
  • Considering students in this program have such diverse interests, and can be participating from almost anywhere in the world, we generally ask the students to identify and secure their practicum opportunity. This approach has worked very well for most students.
  • Students are encouraged to visit with the program coordinator who can provide some guiding principles in finding a good agency match.

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