Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management (MANM)

Program Mission

The Mission of the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management degree program is to prepare individuals for exemplary professional leadership in nonprofit organizations.  The MANM trains professionals to exercise managerial and leadership expertise in support of any nonprofit organization’s mission. This includes includes human service, religious, educational, community development, health care, arts and culture, environmental, foundation, or any other 501(C) enterprise.  The curriculum helps students hone their skills and enhance their career opportunities as a professional in the nonprofit world, learning from some of the most successful nonprofit professionals in Southern California.

Program Objectives

Students completing this degree will be able to demonstrate their ability to do  the following:

1.  Develop mission-based programs and evaluate program alignment to desired outcomes.

2.  Identify resource development needs and design strategies to meet them.

3.  Demonstrate a managerial perspective on the administrative functions of a nonprofit organization.

4.  Analyze, design and implement nonprofit governance structures and practices.

5. Demonstrate the ability to create and execute strategies to maximize organizational impact, aligned with institutional mission.

6.  Formulate strategies to maintain and renew an organization based on its life cycle stage of development.

7.  Demonstrate professional presence and communication competencies, including skills in meeting management, oral presentation, writing, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Program Overview

The MANM degree is offered to students with an accredited bachelor’s degree and a strong professional interest in the nonprofit sector. Students may be working either on the program, development, or administrative staff of a nonprofit, as a trustee of a nonprofit, or as a highly-involved volunteer in a nonprofit. 

The curriculum is 48 quarter-units, offered in six quarters of full time enrollment over 18 months. The program admits students in the Fall and Winter quarters.  The student attends class on Tuesday night and visits the sites of exemplary Los Angeles area nonprofit organizations on two Saturdays each quarter.  As soon as an applicant is accepted into the MANM program, the student is given the program calendar for the entire six quarters of study.

In addition to classwork, each student undertakes one unit of supervised Field Work each quarter.  The site and focus of the field work are chosen by the student and supervised by an MANM faculty member. The student is encouraged to use the Field Work as an opportunity to become involved in a variety of nonprofit organizations and activities and to expand her or his professional experience and resume.

The MA in Nonprofit Management degree is taught using an adult cohort education model.  Students stay with the same cohort of students for the six quarters of the program, and thus develop a strong learning community for their studies as well as colleagues who will be part of their continuing professional network after they complete the degree.

The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Credential

In addition to the MA in Nonprofit Management Degree, a student has the option of simultaneously pursuing the designation of Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) through Antioch Los Angeles’ Collegiate Partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a national organization and network of nonprofit professionals. 

Students who wish to qualify for the CNP engage in a variety of additional activities while enrolled in the MANM degree program.  Through their CNP activities, they enhance leadership abilities and work with others to plan, organize, and deliver meaningful volunteer-driven services in the local community.

Students who wish to earn the CNP credential qualify for membership in the Association of Certified Nonprofit Professionals, and are immediately connected to thousands of CNPs in leadership positions in nonprofit organizations in the US and abroad.

Transfer Credit Eligibility

Units earned in other graduate programs cannot be transferred into the MANM degree program.

MANM Fast Track for Undergraduate Students

The MA in Nonprofit Management Fast Track option is available to AULA undergraduate students with 8 units remaining in their last quarter before graduation.  Students who are approved for the MANM Fast Track option may enroll in the first quarter of the MANM program while concurrently enrolled in their last quarter of undergraduate studies. 

Application for the MANM Fast Track option should be made two quarters prior to the student’s final undergraduate quarter.  Fast track students who wish to start in the Fall Quarter should apply by the previous May 1.  Students who wish to start in the Winter Quarter should apply by the previous August 1.  

Fast Track students will pay undergraduate tuition at the undergraduate rate for their final quarter of enrollment in undergraduate studies.  They will not be eligible for MANM program scholarships during their first quarter of the MANM program.  They will be considered for scholarship awards in subsequent quarters if they demonstrate graduate-level proficiency during their first quarter.

Fast Track Requirements

Prior to the fast-track quarter, applicants must:

  1. Be in good academic standing
  2. Have met their undergraduate degree requirements:
  3. For the BA in Liberal Studies degree, requirements are: domains of knowledge, math, writing, non-classroom learning requirements, and area of concentration, if applicable.  If their major area of concentration is Business and Social Entrepreneurship, they must have completed a minimum of 32 units in the concentration.
  4. For Applied Studies degree students, requirements are: domains of knowledge, math, writing, non-classroom        learning requirements, pro-seminar requirements, and core classes. Some Applied Studies degree students will be able to fulfill some of their core class requirements with MANM fast track courses, and should consult with their undergraduate faculty advisor for specific guidance.
  5. Have completed 172 units toward their undergraduate degree.

Application Process

  1. The undergraduate student requests an interview with an MANM faculty member.
  2. The student completes the MANM Fast Track Application form, including signatures of approval from his or her 1) undergraduate faculty adviser, 2) undergraduate studies division chair, 3) MANM program chair.
  3. The student provides a recommendation form to two of the student’s undergraduate instructors who complete and return the recommendation to the MANM program chair.
  4. The MANM program will review the Fast Track application.  If the application is approved, the student will then apply for admission to the MANM program by the deadline stipulated in the Academic Calendar. 

Provisional Acceptance and Enrollment in MANM Courses:

  1. Fast track students are accepted into the MANM program on a provisional basis, pending successful completion of the first quarter at the graduate level.
  2. The student enrolls in the first quarter MANM courses, MNM 5100 and 5100F during the Fall or Winter terms when the MANM first quarter courses are offered.  A Fast Track student cannot start the MANM in Spring or Summer.
  3. A Fast Track student will be fully admitted into the MANM program only if the student completes the first quarter of the MANM program at a graduate level, as determined by the student's course instructors.
  4. If the student completes the coursework, but without demonstrating graduate level achievement, the student will receive 8 units counted toward undergraduate degree completion but will not be admitted to the MANM program as a continuing graduate student.

Degree Requirements

Completion of Curriculum

A student who is admitted to the MA in Nonprofit Management program must complete successfully all six quarters and 48 units of the program curriculum. The student must complete the six quarters in the sequence in which they are offered.  If, for some reason, a student must take a leave of absence from the program for one or more quarter, the student then re-enters the program by joining another cohort and continues her or his studies, following the established sequence of courses (5100 through 5600) in the degree program.

In addition to the 7 units of coursework each quarter (MNM 5100, 5200, 5300, 5400, 5500, 5600) , the student registers for one unit of Field Work in Nonprofit Organizations (MNM 5100F, 5200F, 5300F, 5400F, 5500F, or 5600F) each quarter and undertakes a new field-based learning project for that unit.

Computer Requirements

All MA in Nonprofit Management students are expected to demonstrate computer literacy with the Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) in all of their academic work.  They are also required to use the Antioch University computer applications, including Antioch email, the Google Drive, Google Sites, myAntioch, and the Antioch learning management system, Sakai. 

Graduate Writing Competency

All course work in the Nonprofit Management program includes the assignment of written essays and reports, similar to those which are commonly required of professionals working in nonprofit organizations. Students are expected to meet standards for graduate-level competency in completing these assignments.  This means that the student’s writing demonstrates:

  • Correct mechanics of writing (grammar, syntax, punctuation, paragraph structure, etc.)
  • The ability to organize and develop ideas in a coherent and articulate form
  • Independent critical thought and the ability to analyze and synthesize complex ideas and to develop sound arguments
  • The ability to judge and write appropriately in response to the context, audience and purpose of the document
  • The ability to include quantitative and other forms of data appropriately in a document, including correct choice and proficiency in use of appropriate software
  • The proper use of APA style as the referencing format

Immediately upon entering the MA in Nonprofit Management program, all students complete a formal writing assessment.  A writing coach then meets with the student to discuss the student's writing, how it has been assessed, and what remediation or augmentation, if any, is necessary for the student to complete the MA in Nonprofit Management program successfully.  If the writing assessment indicates that continued work with a writing coach is required, the coach files a writing development plan with the program faculty, and the student must continue working with the writing coach to complete the writing development plan and to remain enrolled in the program.  Students who do not attain graduate level writing skills will not be able to earn the degree.

An instructor may require that a student do additional work with a writing coach if she or he finds that the student’s written course work is not at graduate level.

All students who desire help in preparing their written coursework for submission are encouraged to seek assistance from the coaches in the campus Teaching and Learning Center and through the Antioch Virtual Writing Center. 

Library and Research Skills

Immediately upon entering the MA in Nonprofit Management program, all students receive training in library research skills.  At the end of the training, students are assessed on their ability to use AULA Library resources for their academic work.  If the assessment indicates that a student requires additional assistance to research and cite materials correctly in course assignments, further work on these skills will be added to the student’s writing development plan.

Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

Upon entering the MA in Nonprofit Management program, all students receive access to training and testing materials to assure their understanding of plagiarism and academic honesty.  Students then sign an agreement that they will honor and uphold the University's standards of academic honesty and the requirements for correct recognition and citation of the work of others. 


MNM 5100Programs: Achieving the Mission7
MNM 5100FField Work in Nonprofit Organizations1
MNM 5200Development: Advancing the Cause7
MNM 5200FField Work in Nonprofit Organizations1
MNM 5300Administration: Managing for the Greatest Good7
MNM 5300FField Work in Nonprofit Organizations1
MNM 5400Structure and Governance: Stewardship Of the Common Good7
MNM 5400FField Work in Nonprofit Organizations1
MNM 5500The Nonprofit System: Structures, Behaviors, Relationships7
MNM 5500FField Work in Nonprofit Organizations1
MNM 5600Organizational Sustainability: Leading Toward a Preferred Future7
MNM 5600FField Work in Nonprofit Organizations1