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About our Nonprofit Studies Programs

UM Students, working professionals and full time national service members/alum (AmeriCorps and VISTA) interested in pursuing or advancing careers in the nonprofit sector will find just the right fit through UM’s nonprofit studies program.  

Nonprofit Administration Minor

This is a stand-alone minor; a student from any major can minor in nonprofit administration. It is a 21-credit minor that includes 18 course credits and a 3-credit, 300-hour internship. The minor is available to undergraduate students who are taking on-campus classes at UM. The two core required classes are PSCI classes, the rest come from several different disciplines and departments. Visit UM's course catalog for more information.


Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Professional Credential

This is a degree-enhancing national certificate/credential program that undergraduate and graduate students can participate in through either the online nonprofit courses or the core courses offered on campus for the nonprofit minor. All students take a series of courses, complete a 300-hour internship, participate in the Nonprofit leadership Student Association and attend the national Alliance Management Institute.

National Service Members and Alum

Through a special partnership between UM, NLA, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, this program also accommodates full-time national service members (AmeriCorps, NCCC and VISTA) through online coursework in order to obtain the NLA credential.  


Master’s of Public Administration Nonprofit Administration Track

Students in the MPA program can choose to concentrate their MPA in nonprofit administration. It is one of 4 tracks offered within the MPA program. Students in this track take MPA courses in addition to the online courses that are also offered through the UM Professional Certificate program.

Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

This is a 16-credit fully online professional certificate offered through SELL using PSCI 2-credit online undergraduate/graduate courses. This program appeals primarily to professionals across Montana and out-of-state who currently work in the field and interested in professional development. Working professionals, graduate students and undergraduate students are welcome to take individual courses as well.

Learning By Giving

Through the lens of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, enrolled UM students participating in UM’s Global Leadership Initiative can select to participate in  COMX 191S Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, a GLI freshman seminar, where they will study and experience social responsibility and community building as a means to address and resolve some of the big problems facing society. The University of Montana's Office for Civic Engagement and Department of Communication Studies partners with the Learning By Giving Foundation to provide students with an experiential learning opportunity in grant making specifically designed for nonprofit organizations serving Missoula County residents.

For general program questions and information, please contact Laura Fellin. For specific academic advising, please contact Andrea Vernon.