Program Overview

Aurora University has partnered with the leading nonprofit career preparation organization in the United States, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA). Students who fulfill the requirements of the nonprofit leadership program will be eligible to pursue the nonprofit industry’s most recognizable credential, the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP), through the NLA. Individuals conferred with a CNP credential are seven times more likely to rise to “director-level” positions in the nonprofit industry and other social service sectors, according to a study conducted by LinkedIn.

Explore the inner workings of managing a nonprofit organization with the fully online nonprofit leadership program at Aurora University. Develop professional skills specific to the nonprofit industry, such as fundraising strategies, volunteer management, grant writing and strategic planning. You’ll gain a strong foundation in the core principles and skills for the nonprofit industry.

The adult degree completion program in nonprofit leadership studies is also offered at the Woodstock Center.

Curriculum Overview

Aurora University’s nonprofit leadership program provides you with a broad academic background in the nonprofit industry. Prepare for advanced careers by taking courses in leadership principles, ethics, communication and accounting. Each class is taught by faculty members who have real-world experience.

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Program Details

  • Next Start Date:March 12, 2018
  • Est. Program Length:4 Years
  • Credit Hours:123 (30 in major)
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$425

Core Courses: 24 hours

Leadership Studies majors must complete all the following courses in addition to Nonprofit Leadership Courses:

  • COM 3200 Persuasion – 4 hours
  • LED 1500 Foundations of Leadership – 4 hours
  • LED 3880 Leadership Principles in Practice – 4 hours
  • SOC/PSC 3480 Globalization and Social Change – 4 hours

Choose one of the following courses:

  • PHL 3150 Professional Ethics – 4 hours
  • PHL 3200 Business Ethics – 4 hours

Choose one of the following courses:

  • LED 4940 Leadership Studies Internship – 4 hours
  • LED 4990 Applied Leadership Studies Capstone – 4 hours

Nonprofit Leadership courses: 16 hours

  • BUS 4200 Not-for-Profit Strategic Management – 4 hours
  • LED 2320 Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership – 4 hours

Choose one of the following courses:

  • COM 1550 Professional Communication – 4 hours
  • COM 2240 Public Relations Issues – 4 hours

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ACC 2010 Principles of Financial Accounting – 4 hours
  • ACC 2020 Principles of Managerial Accounting – 4 hours

Courses details are based on information available at the time of publication. Specific program requirements are subject to change.

  • Two (2) years demonstrated work experience, military service or other relevant adult responsibilities
  • 15 semester hours of transferable college or university credit from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale*
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from all previously attended colleges and/or universities

*Individual circumstances may be reviewed by your admission counselor.

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Online Nonprofit Leadership Career Outcomes

Strengthen your earnings and job opportunities with an online Nonprofit Leadership degree. Prepare for a variety of careers in the industry, including a(n):

  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Executive Director
  • Director of Development
  • Director of Marketing/Communications
  • Grant Coordinator
  • Human Resources Director
  • Program Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator

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