Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Find your cause and move it forward.
Nonprofit organizations play important roles in communities within Texas, across the nation and internationally. As the need for knowledgeable and skilled nonprofit employees and managers grows, there is an increasing demand for people with degrees in Nonprofit Leadership Studies.

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Why Earn a Nonprofit Leadership Studies Degree?

Nonprofits are tax-exempt organizations that can be charitable, functional or community-driven, and are designed to address a public interest. The nonprofit sector addresses social problems and supports common concerns in areas such as:

  • Animal protection and rescue
  • Arts and culture
  • Disaster response
  • Education
  • Environmental quality
  • Homelessness and poverty
  • Public health

With this degree, you will graduate with the needed knowledge and skills for a career in program and service delivery, general management, volunteer management, grants administration, advocacy, general finance and fundraising.

Marketable Skills
  • Financial management and budget analysis
  • Leadership ability
  • Cross-sector analytical thinking
  • Administrative/nonprofit management principle facilitation
  • Fundraising and donor cultivation

Nonprofit Leadership Studies Degree Highlights

This degree is designed to prepare students with a skillset geared towards both the public and private nonprofit sector.
Our department's full-time faculty consists of 12 nationally recognized experts in their fields. Our faculty have published extensively in scholarly journals and presented research at national conferences.
Courses address topics such as volunteer management and recruitment, fundraising, grant writing, philanthropy, leadership, finance and community resources.
You'll learn the essentials of directing nonprofit organizations such as leadership, management, marketing and operations.
You'll gain experience through a combination of theoretical and practical learning. In addition to coursework, our curriculum provides you with an internship opportunity.
Nonprofit Leadership Studies program ranked 5th in the nation by

What Can You Do With a Nonprofit Leadership Studies Degree?

Earning a degree in Nonprofit Leadership Studies helps to prepare you for competitive positions in many of the major nonprofits and other local organizations in Texas, including:

  • American Red Cross
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • The Humane Society
  • United Way

We have more than 988 alumni working in local, state and federal government positions as well as in nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit Leadership Studies Degree Courses You Could Take

Leadership Theory and Practice for Volunteer Managers (3 hrs)
Overview of organizational leadership theory and practice for volunteer managers and community leaders. Students examine and develop a range of skills in a number of interpersonal areas: group dynamics, decision-making, managing differences, and leadership and influence as they pertain to primarily nonprofit organizations and their ability to lead a volunteer workforce.
Community Development and Collaborative Planning (3 hrs)
Analyzes systems that measure community assets and resources. Explores the means of identifying and approaching potential collaborative community partners, and focuses on the development of joint proposals and/or business plans.
Introduction to Philanthropy and Fundraising (3 hrs)
Explores an overview of fundraising practices in nonprofits. Students learn how to assess the financial health of organizations, understand fiscal responsibility of nonprofits, and develop and implement fundraising strategies.
Cultural Competency in Urban Governance (3 hrs)
Examines the diverse and sometimes competing demands of people of color, women, the elderly, sexual orientation and the economically disadvantaged on public policy development and execution. Addresses how public managers respond to the demands of diverse interests in American cities.
Social Entrepreneurship (3 hrs)
Introduces entrepreneurial concepts that can be used to stimulate entrepreneurial behavior in individuals for the benefit of communities. Students study best practices of not-for-profit enterprises and social venturing practices and learn how these enterprises launch and sustain their ventures.
Foundations of Philanthropy and Nonprofits (3 hrs)
Foundational course for students interested in a career in nonprofit leadership studies. Examination of the philosophy, values, roles and responsibilities in nonprofit studies in today’s society. An examination of historical events leading to the creation of nonprofit organizations and their impact on our communities.

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