Academic Programs

At George Mason University, students can engage in a wide range of coursework and research on nonprofits. More information about these opportunities can be found below!

Undergraduate Offerings on Nonprofits

George Mason undergrads can concentrate on nonprofit management when they earn a BS degree in Public Administration through the Schar School.

Undergraduate coursework on nonprofits is also available through Mason’s School of Integrative Studies which offers a minor in nonprofit studies.

Master’s Degree Coursework on Nonprofits and Philanthropy in the Schar School at George Mason University

George Mason University has one of the largest, most well-respected, and reasonably-priced nonprofit management programs in the Washington, D.C. region and the country. At George Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government, students can complete a Nonprofit Management Concentration in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program, or they can earn a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.  Individuals can also take regular graduate courses as non-degree students.

Course offerings give students the fundamental tools they need to effectively manage the day-to-day operations of nonprofit organizations while preparing them to lead these organizations in a rapidly changing environment.

Mason graduate courses in nonprofit management include:

  • Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • Leading in the Nonprofit Sector
  • Advocacy and Lobbying
  • International NGOs
  • Resource Development and Fundraising
  • Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics
  • Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Performance Evaluation for Managers
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise

Ph.D. Research

Students can also focus on nonprofit research through the Schar School’s Ph.D. programs in Political Science and Public Policy, as well as through other Ph.D. programs at George Mason. Work on nonprofits by recent Ph.D. graduates includes:

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