2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Nonprofit Management MNM ►

College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: MNM
Department: School of Public Administration Option: Nonthesis
Program Website: https://ccie.ucf.edu/public-administration/nonprofit-management/
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

The nonprofit sector is the fastest growing area of the economy, and the completely online Master of Nonprofit Management MNM program prepares students for careers in this dynamic field. The degree program provides opportunities for students to prepare for employment or to advance their careers as administrators in nonprofit organizations. The program is intended to produce graduates equipped with the management skills and analytical skills needed for successful careers in the nonprofit sector.

An Out of State Master in Nonprofit Management Cohort Track is available for students who are not Florida residents and who reside outside the state of Florida. The admission standards and degree requirements are the same as the traditional program. Students interested in the out-of-state Master of Nonprofit Management cohort should refer to that track for more information.

Please note: Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.


The Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) program is offered completely online. Some elective courses may be offered face-to-face, however, students in this program are expected to have the ability to complete the coursework online. The program requires 30 credit hours of core courses, 3 credit hours of restricted electives and 3 of general electives.

The MNM program incorporates service learning in some of its courses. Service learning is hands-on learning that provides real-life experience in executing tangible projects such as strategic plans, grant proposals, and volunteer management case studies. It enhances the student’s understanding of the course core concepts, helps develop leadership skills and provides networking opportunities with a community partner.

Some of the courses also involve group work intended to develop leadership abilities while providing an opportunity for the student to show his or her ability to be a team player. Group projects promote important intellectual and social skills and help to prepare students for professional work where teamwork and collaboration are necessary.

Total Credit Hours Required: 36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Capstone Course: 3 Credit Hours

*This course is the capstone learning experience for the program requiring the development of a portfolio and analysis that demonstrate the student’s mastery of the NASPAA Universal Competencies. The capstone course is offered only in fall and spring semesters.

Restricted Elective: 3 Credit Hours

This elective must be a UCF Public Administration 6000-level course that is chosen after consultation with the student’s academic adviser.

  • PAD 6000-level elective course 3 Credit Hours

Electives Option: 3 Credit Hours

Students take one elective course in addition to the restricted elective (three credit hours each) with the prior approval of the program director. The elective courses are to be in the student’s area of interest, such as public administration, criminal justice, health care, social work or the arts. The MNM program does not accept 4000-level courses.

  • Electives 3 Credit Hours

Additional Program Requirements

Students must achieve a grade of “B-” (80%) or better in every course listed under required courses. Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher. The final culminating experience for those enrolled in the Master of Nonprofit Management results in students taking and satisfactorily completing the capstone course, PAD 6149 - Nonprofit Administration.

Independent Learning

Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry, dialog and service learning. Students are encouraged to engage in research projects, scholarly papers, internships, and presentations at professional conferences that contribute to their self development. The final culminating experience for those enrolled in the Master of Nonprofit Management results in students taking and satisfactorily completing the Nonprofit Administration (PAD 6149 ).

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • An official transcript meeting the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), in a sealed envelope, from each college/university attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation must specifically address the prospective student’s ability to succeed in graduate coursework and his or her work ethic. Recommendation letters from professors are preferred, however, letters from supervisors are also acceptable.
  • Résumé: The most current, professional résumé should be provided.
  • Statement of goals: This is a key component of the admission review process and serves as an example of the applicant’s ability to express him or herself in writing. The goal statement must be no longer than two pages and should address the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing graduate study in Nonprofit Management including your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of Nonprofit Management interest you?
    • Nonprofit sector experience is preferred, not required.
    • What makes you a special candidate for admission to this program?
  •  Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

All requested material must be submitted by the established deadline date. Material received after the established deadline may not be considered. Admission to this program is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission to this program.

Students are expected to be computer literate upon entry to the program. This program is completely online so computer skills and internet access are necessary for this program.

A limited number of students who do not meet these requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis. These students must demonstrate proven nonprofit sector experience, present recommendations from either academic or professional advisers, and provide a clear statement of educational goals.

Application Deadlines

Nonprofit Management MNM *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jun 1 Nov 1  
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1  
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information   section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Young-joo Lee, PhD
Associate Professor
Director, Nonprofit Programs

Nasrin Lakhani, MNM
Director, Advising and Student Support Services
Telephone: 407-823-0912

Graduate Admissions

Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241