Undergraduate Nonprofit Administration Minor

The mission of the nonprofit administration minor is to build leadership capacity and professional skills for students to lead, manage, and support nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. The Nonprofit Administration Minor is a 21-credit, stand-alone, multi-disciplinary program. Students from any major can minor in nonprofit administration. Nationally, 10% of workers are employed in the nonprofit sector; in Montana it is over 11% (MT Nonprofit Sector Report).

The minor's objectives include:

  • Expose students to career paths within the nonprofit sectorMia McKinney
  • Create a foundation of knowledge about the sector to inform skill development
  • Teach students unique aspects of working and managing nonprofit organizations
  • Emphasize specific professional competencies for excellence in the field
  • Recognize the value and contribution of the nonprofit sector in society and the economy
  • Create a pathway to graduate-level professional preparation in our Department's online professional certificate in nonprofit administration and the MPA nonprofit administration track 

Minor Requirements

To earn the nonprofit administration minor is 21 credits; students are required to take four core classes: 
NPAD 166: Intro to Public Service (offered online and in person) (syllabus PDF)
NPAD 267: Leadership and Nonprofits (offered online and in person) (syllabus PDF)
NPAD 466: Practical Applications and Nonprofit Administration (syllabus PDF)
NPAD 467: Advanced Nonprofit Administration (syllabus PDF)
Students are also required to do a 300-hour internship with a nonprofit organization, and also take 6 elective credits from a menu of courses in a variety of academic disciplines approved as requirements for the minor. Learn more about elective options by meeting with the nonprofit minor advisor.

Course Rotation

Fall 2021
NPAD 166: Introduction to Public Service (fully online)
NPAD 466: Nonprofit Practical Applications (Thursdays, 3:30-5:50p.m.)
NPAD Internships/Independent Study options, contact ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu

Spring 2022
NPAD 267: Nonprofit Leadership, MWF 10-10:50a.m.
NPAD 467: Advanced Nonprofits (Thursdays, 3:30-4:50p.m.)
NPAD Internships/Independent Study options, contact ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu

Sample Syllabi

NPAD 166: Introduction to Public Service Fall 2021 (syllabus PDF)

Advising and Minor Declaration

Nonprofit Administration Minor advising is available to interested students and is provided by the Department of Public Administration and Policy. 

General Minor Questions (Advising, Independent Studies, or Program Questions) (see Internship Syllabus for Minor Students)
Prof. Ben Hamman

Course substitutes, petitions, or graduation questions
Dr. Sara Rinfret, Associate Dean & MPA Director

Once you have made a decision to declare the nonprofit administration minor, you can obtain a Major/Minor/Option Change form from either the Griz Central Registration Counter in the Lommasson Center, or the Department of PA & Policy (Law 146). Fill out the appropriate information as indicated on the Change of Major form and then get the required signatures from Dr. Sara Rinfret. Return the form to the Registration Counter in Griz Central or leave the completed form in the drop box outside Griz Central. Or you can send an electronic request.

Undergraduate Certificate Requirements

New Fall 2020, UM undergraduate students now have the option to complete a nonprofit certificate. This twelve-credit certificate allows students to focus specifically on nonprofit work (complete NPAD 166, 267, 466, and 467), without an internship. Please meet with the nonprofit program advisor or department chair to discuss.