Nonprofit Management

Earn an MPA with a nonprofit management concentration

The Nonprofit Management concentration is an 18-credit-hour course of study within the Master of Public Affairs that prepares students with the ideas and technical skills needed to address the challenges and opportunities found in and surrounding nonprofit organizations.

The Nonprofit Management concentration leverages the expertise of SPEA IUPUI’s faculty in combination with the vibrant nonprofit community in and around Indianapolis to provide students with applied learning experiences. Students will understand the roles nonprofit organizations play in society while learning about different management practices such as financial management or human resource management. 

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The critical role of nonprofit organizations

A nonprofit recruiter speaks with a SPEA student at a job fair.

There are about 1.8 million nonprofit organizations recognized by the IRS providing a wide range of services ranging from education and research, arts and culture, human services, and the environment.

The nonprofit sector contributes about 5% of annual GDP to the U.S. economy. Nonprofit organizations, thus, are major actors in the economy.

Degree requirements

The core requirements of the MPA prepare you to enter or continue work in public service, no matter your area of focus. Each student must also complete the requirements of at least one concentration, and an experiential requirement (or mid-career option credit) that ensures each graduate of the MPA program has gained insight and experience outside the classroom. 

Social dreamers. Tangible skill sets.