Your Future in Nonprofit Leadership Studies

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.

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

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

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.

What we offer

The Nonprofit Leadership Studies undergraduate degree is designed to prepare students with a skillset geared towards both the public and private nonprofit sector.

An education in Nonprofit Leadership Studies equips students with these core competencies:

  • Administration and nonprofit management principles
  • Analytical thinking in cross-sector relationships
  • Financial management and budget analysis
  • Fundraising and donor cultivation
  • People management and ethical leadership

Our department's full-time faculty consists of 11 nationally recognized experts in their fields. Our faculty have published extensively in scholarly journals and presented research at national conferences.

UNT's Department of Public Administration has a top-ranked graduate program in Local Government Management and Public Administration and Management. The department is supported by a $2.8 million endowment in graduate student scholarships, and enrollment in both the M.P.A. and Ph.D. programs is robust. Graduate student placement is around 96 percent and the department offers a nonprofit track designed to fit individual career objectives. One of the program's strong qualities is its more than 988 alumni working in local, state and federal government positions as well as in nonprofit organizations.

What to expect

You will learn the essentials of directing nonprofit organizations such as:

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations

Courses address topics such as volunteer management and recruitment, fundraising, grant writing, philanthropy, leadership, finance and community resources.

You will gain experience through a combination of theoretical and practical learning. In addition to coursework, our curriculum provides students with an internship opportunity. All NPLS majors will participate in an internship program with the support from the department and the UNT Career Center.