Nonprofit Administration Minor

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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 sector
  • 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 

Employment Opportunity

In the last 10 years, the U.S. nonprofit sector has grown 20% in contrast to a growth rate of 2% to 3% in the for-profit sector (U.S. Department of Labor). Employment needs have increased, the need for a talented pipeline of professionals is high. In Montana, the nonprofit sector employs 11.4% of the workforce. The nonprofit sector is the second largest employment industry in the state behind retail trade (MT Nonprofit Sector Report). Students are increasingly interested in careers for the common good, finding jobs making a difference in our society/world. The nonprofit sector is a great fit and college-level preparation is important to maintain high quality staff prepped for leadership. Graduates of our program find jobs with nonprofits. Due to hands-on experience students gain through service learning and internships, they finish with a high level of proficiency and are eagerly sought out by employers. 

"My experience in nonprofit administration and this service learning class has been an incredible opportunity that I would highly recommend to any student, especially those looking to make a difference in the lives of others and those looking to get more involved in our community. From this experience not only did I learn a lot about our community and the nonprofit sector, but also about myself. It truly helped to redefine my college experience." --Student testimonial from the introductory core course

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.

Sample Syllabi

NPAD 166: Introduction to Public Service Spring 2020 (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)
Dr. Sara Rinfret, Associate Professor & Chair
sara.rinfret@umontana.edu

Internship Questions (see Internship Syllabus for Minor Students)
Dr. Adam Brewer
adam.brewer@umontana.edu

Nonprofit Administration Minor Advisor (all coursework advising)
Dr. Anna-Margaret Goldman
anna-margaret.goldman@umontana.edu

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.

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.