This summer Gratz College will welcome its first cohort of graduate students pursuing a Master of Science degree in Non-Profit Management for Faith Based Organizations (FBOs). Because FBOs are unlike other not-for-profits, this 36 credit Masters of Science is being offered to serve the unique needs of professional adults in meeting the demands of operating a successful nonprofit while reflecting the values of a faith tradition. The tasks of managing staff, working with volunteers, providing services or spiritual assistance, and raising funds can be challenging and often frustrating when faith-based organizations also have to operate in the secular world of funding, regulations, marketing, competition, and cash flow. These demands can tax even the best managers.
To that end, Gratz College offers the convenience of earning this degree online. Courses will be offered in an 8-week accelerated format with an average completion time of approximately two years. Accelerated by design and fully online this degree will strengthen the capacity and build the skills and knowledge of clergy, educators, executives, and even lay leaders in the nonprofit sector. In doing so, Gratz College has created a Masters of Science degree that will be one of the very few graduate level nonprofit management programs designed exclusively for leaders and managers of faith-based organizations.
Participants in the MSNPM program will expand their understanding of the economic, ethical, organizational, social, and behavioral concepts, which are critical to the management of faith-based organizations within the nonprofit sector. This practitioner-oriented program emphasizes managerial development and leadership skills as well as a consideration of ethical and social principles as they apply to real world situations in a 21st century global community. Through the design, implementation and presentation of applied research projects, students demonstrate that they have mastered the application of theoretical knowledge to the solution of practical nonprofit organizational challenges. Case studies and projects will focus on diverse faith-based organizations including social service providers, community service organizations, hospitals, educational institutions and religious entities as well.
Upon graduating, the working professionals who earn this degree will be able to lead diverse organizations toward the ethical achievement of strategic goals; articulate and implement change in diverse circumstances; analyze organizations from the structural, financial, human resource, and marketing perspectives; apply research and data to decision-making; and apply the functional areas of management and donor relations in nonprofit settings.
For more information and to apply, visit gratz.edu/pages/admissions or call 800-475-4635.