NLS Graduate Program

The Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership Studies is designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles and functions in mission-driven nonprofit sector organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life at the local, regional, national, and global levels. Commitment to innovation, social entrepreneurship, social change, engagement, and advocacy guide the curriculum. All courses are available to be taken in person, via the Internet, or a combination of the two approaches.

The M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership Studies totals 36 semester hours. The core course content focuses on the full range of organizational leadership roles and management functions central to the successful pursuit of the public good missions across the nonprofit sector. They include but are not limited to organizational development and strategic planning, human resource development (staff and volunteer), financial resource development, legal issues and advocacy, and innovation and social change strategies. The 24 core course credit hours provide a dynamic foundation of information and skills for anyone aspiring to more effective nonprofit sector leadership. Twelve hours of elective courses will be chosen as a Concentration Area to deepen the individual's knowledge and skills in a focused area of nonprofit organization leadership and development. With approval of the academic advisor, a Customized Concentration Area can be developed with a set of electives selected to complement specific career goals. A leadership Development Concentration Area is available in the Human Development & Leadership Master's Degree Program (HDL). During the final semester of coursework, a comprehensive examination will be required to complete the program of study.

The M.S in Nonprofit Leadership Studies will provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a successful career in the nonprofit sector. Careers in the nonprofit sector include:

  • Director of Development/Fundraiser
  • Program officer
  • Community outreach
  • Advocacy
  • Event  coordinator
  • Marketing director

Contact Information

Dr. Paul Lucko
Department Chair
108A Carr Health
Murray, KY 42071