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USC Creates New Degree Program: Master in Nonprofit Leadership and Management

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The USC Price School of Public Policy has established a new Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management degree program. The program will build upon the school's longstanding commitment to working across government, business and the nonprofit sector to find solutions to intractable public issues, as well as the school's programs in philanthropy and nonprofit management. The program will enroll its inaugural class in the summer of 2015.

The new degree reflects the increasing role of nonprofits and philanthropy in public service delivery, policy advocacy, community change, and social innovation and impact, and builds upon the research expertise and professional connections housed in the Price School's Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy and Sol Price Center for Social Innovation.

The Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management program curriculum will focus on critical components of leadership for social impact, including: board governance, financial management and fund development, economic strategy, program evaluation and strategic planning. In addition to its distinct academic curriculum, the program will allow students to engage with high-performing philanthropic and nonprofit organizations in the Los Angeles area through a culminating capstone course. With over 35,000 nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles - including many organizations with hybrid governing structures - the Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management program is unique in its ability to provide students with dynamic opportunities to work alongside local foundations and nonprofit organizations.

Upon completion of the program, students will have a rich understanding of the nonprofit sector, as well as the skills and leadership capacity required to navigate the unique challenges of making a social impact in today's world. Graduates of the program will go on to effectively lead organizations that make a difference in their community, such as service delivery nonprofits, advocacy organizations, social enterprises, or philanthropic institutions.

The Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management program is designed for both professionals with several years of work experience in the nonprofit sector as well as those seeking a new career in this area. The program will be offered as a one-year cohort program for students enrolled full-time, enabling working professionals at various career stages to dedicate a year for in-depth study.  Additionally, students can pursue the degree part-time over two years, complemented with internships.

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