Master of Nonprofit Administration

elective Courses

In addition to the summer modules, the MNA Program offers elective courses as a distance learning option. Taught by both Notre Dame and outside professors on alternating years, these online courses are available during the fall and spring semesters. The courses use two types of technology---Saki offered via the Notre Dame Web and Global Crossings, a telephone conferencing system.

Business Communication: Managing Differences and Conflict, MNA 76110

This course teaches students to describe the difference between constructive and destructive conflict, analyze conflicts using a communication systems approach that recognizes the various elements that contribute to conflict, and design ways of influencing the elements of conflict systems to manage or resolve conflict. Students learn an individual style of dealing with conflict, most significant challenges to effectiveness when faced with conflict and ways to improve conflict outcomes.

3 credits

Catholic Social Thought, MNA 76210

Catholic Social Teaching involves a very defined body of writings that apply the teachings of the Church to the social, political, and economic realities of the human condition. Students will analyze the content and origin of this literature with application to the current and economic challenges.

3 credits

Grant Writing and Development, MNA 70510

This course will analyze the multiple funding sources available to nonprofit organizations and develop the student’s capacity to understand how these varied sources can be used to fulfill the organization’s mission and carry out its programs.The course will analyze the restricted nature of such program revenue and the advantages of an organization raising additional unrestricted funds to fulfill and enhance its mission.

3 credits

Leadership, MNA 76510

The focus of this course is on the actions and styles of leaders and managers as they attempt to influence individual and group behavior. Whether operating in a profit or not-for-profit environment, a major goal of the course is a deeper appreciation of the dynamics present within the organization and individual workgroups. As technology doubles every decade, the course will also examine how leaders manage change and position their organizations to survive and prosper in the future.

3 credits

Social Entrepreneurship, MNA 70730

This course will explore the innovative concepts, practices, and strategies associated with “Social Entrepreneurship,” including its growing trend both domestically and internationally toward multiple definitions and widespread applications in both the nonprofit and for-profit settings. Students will be challenged to develop their own innovative ideas/opportunities in terms of a social venture plan, first exploring the idea’s feasibility, then creating a business plan that will “be ready for implementation” at the conclusion of the course. Topics covered throughout the course and in preparation for the business plan include developing a strategic vision/mission, exploring the competitive market/landscape, as well as creating business models, including management, legal and funding issues, and developing a SRO (Social Return on Investment) framework.

3 credits

The two courses below are also available to the general public.

Advanced Accountancy for Nonprofit Managers: Accounting Theory and Principles Applied, MNA 70750

Building on the principles learned in introductory accounting courses, this advanced accounting course applies accounting theory and principles in the nonprofit sector. The goal is to aid nonprofit managers in providing useful information to financial statement users and internal decision makers. The course also focuses on the importance of control measures to assure the reliability and accuracy of the financial records and to prevent loss due to mistakes or misconduct.

3 credits

Employment Law for Managers, MNA 70760

This course provides managers of nonprofit organizations with the legal knowledge they need to ensure compliance with the laws and regulations governing business relationships. The course covers the main areas of the law affecting employment relationships including, among other topics, discrimination law, labor law, contract law, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. The course also explains the variety of legal resources available to management to guide them as they make employment-related decisions.

3 credits

Organizational Leadership for the Third Sector (on campus), MNA 60026

This course examines the current literature of leadership and motivation in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). It provides a close examination of the roles and characteristics of leaders and provides a framework for various leadership styles. The class will discuss and debate questions including: What is leadership? Is there a difference between leadership and management? Is motivation internal or external? Does the leader control or contribute to personal/professional motivation? Are there substantial differences of effectiveness in leadership styles? These discussions are framed specifically for nongovernmental organizations serving various populations and missions and within specific organizational activities.

3 credits

Program Evaluation and Outcome Measurement, MNA 70761

This course is designed to provide an overview of outcome and performance measurement systems used by nonprofit agencies. Emphasis will be placed on understanding issues related to needs assessments, how outcomes are measured, and how needs assessment and outcome information is used for program creation, continuation and funding. Particular attention will be paid to creating an evaluative culture and carrying out evaluations as a professional in non-profit management.

3 credits

Public Policy in the Nonprofit Sector, MNA 70762

This course is designed to give you a set of transferable skills when evaluating, writing, analyzing, or implementing policy. In the nonprofit world you will inevitably find yourself in the policy arena, and as a leader you will be forced to make significant decisions on policy. My hope is that you will complete this class having learned skills that you will be able to apply as you continue in your current field or enter a new one.

3 credits

Research Methods, MNA 70763

This course provides an introduction of the principles, methods and data collection mechanisms in social science. This course aims to provide an understanding of research and apply it in real world cases. Students will be able to develop measurable research questions and hypotheses; develop theoretical and/or evidence based literature review; identification of research methods designs and sampling procedures; and development of reliable and valid research tools.

3 credits

  Fund Development, MNA 70764

This course provides a comprehensive overview of fundraising for full‐time professionals working in the nonprofit sector or individuals looking to expand their knowledge. We will explore a variety of fundraising methods and theories. By utilizing case studies, completing relevant projects and engaging in group discussion, students will learn how to apply fundraising strategies within the nonprofit sector. This course will also study the role of board, staff and volunteers in developing effective fundraising strategies. Students will expand their understanding of fundraising operations and reflect on current philanthropic issues confronting nonprofit organizations.

3 credits

The Intersection of Business and Nonprofits, MNA 70765

From both a nonprofit and corporate perspective, this course examines the promise, potential and pitfalls of corporate nonprofit partnerships. Through real world example – including interviews with nonprofit and corporate executives -- the course will enable students to explore the multiple dimensions of corporate nonprofit partnerships, the thinking behind them, the principles that guide them, and, ultimately, a process for designing them. Through analysis of real world partnerships, class discussions and relevant projects, students will gain insight into these multidimensional opportunities that are more than a one way financial transaction.  In fact, the best of these partnerships are mutually beneficial with multiple components including strategic program grants, cause marketing, in kind donations, pro bono services, recruitment of volunteers and board members -- all potentially leading to the advancement of nonprofit mission.

3 credits


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