Grand Canyon University

Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Non-Profit Management


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Non-Profit Management

Format: Online

Program Description:

Earn Your MPA Degree With a Nonprofit Management Emphasis at GCU

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Nonprofit Management prepares students for an impactful and meaningful career serving the public at large. This program is designed for individuals desirous of finding employment in or currently working for not-for-profit organizations. Coursework focuses on the application of administrative skills in the areas of leadership, human capital development, policy and governance within a nonprofit environment. Students will be challenged to identify and provide solutions for today’s unique issues facing public and nonprofit-sector organizations.

As a Christian university, GCU cultivates faith-integrated learning environments. Students will learn to become more than a nonprofit manager, but a public servant who’s skilled in and passionate about serving the public good. By attending a university with a Christian worldview, students learn how to work in an ethical, professional manner through the analyzation of principles. This will prepare them to manage nonprofit operations with integrity, kindness, compassion and gratitude. This nonprofit management MPA program leads to a rewarding and diverse career path for current business professionals and those with a purpose to make a difference in the world.

What Is Nonprofit Management?

Preparing for nonprofit management includes the study of administrative practices and how these influence an organization’s success within the dynamic nonprofit, public-sector community. A nonprofit serves as an organized group with the goal to serve the common good. Nonprofits offer products and/or services and gather financial resources that are allocated to driving its mission forward and promoting fundraising, awareness or volunteer activities.

Success isn’t measured by solely and aggressively growing revenue; for nonprofits, success is determined by the results of an organization’s mission, how many people were helped, the effect on the underprivileged or disadvantaged and upholding goodwill initiatives.
Study the Fundamentals of Running a Nonprofit

Students will gain proficiency in the following domains:

    Public Service
    Resource Management
    Policy and Politics
    Nonprofit Management

Students will prepare to be a results-driven leader who excels in communication and who is knowledgeable about securing funding. Other responsibilities include the ability to think critically and strategically, lead teams and recruit volunteers.

During the MPA in Nonprofit Management program students will:

    Focus on how government and public organizations serve their stakeholders, including managing resources and regulatory powers
    Examine the daily duties of public administrators, relationship building, political awareness and collaborative strategies
    Learn how to acquire, develop and leverage human capital, from assessing talent management to employee professional development
    Understand leadership practices, as well as revenue and expenditure structuring
    Explore theories and concepts of nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations and community development
    Survey the many facets of funding and funding strategies

Prepare for a Future in Nonprofit Management With a Master of Public Administration

The nonprofit sector continues to accelerate, offering an increasing number of occupational opportunities for those seeking a life-changing career in this field with potential for high earnings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for social and community service members is growing much faster than average at 18 percent*. Public relations and fundraising managers can also earn a median pay of over $111,000 annually as of 2017.**

Potential career opportunities include public relations and fundraising manager, account supervisor, development director, public relations director, public relations manager, social and community services manager, upper-level executive in marketing and communications with an emphasis on PR, chief financial officer and program director.

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North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

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