2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Aug 10, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact

Kimberly Gustafson, Lecturer
School of Health and Consumer Sciences
Wagner Hall 409

Program Information

The Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations major will prepare students for jobs in the nonprofit sector. Through the Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations (LMNO) program, students will be empowered to become successful professionals who work to advance the quality of life in communities. The program prepares students with opportunities to increase their abilities and skills in the work of leadership to enhance nonprofit organizations. Students will develop a basic understanding of the nonprofit sector, the role of philanthropy in the United States, and introduce the history, philosophy, ethics, and organizational structure of nonprofit and social service agencies. Students will apply fundraising, volunteer management, financial management, leadership and team development techniques.

Upon completion of the undergraduate program, students may also earn the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance organization. This certification requires students to have knowledge and experiences in 10 different competencies areas. Those competency areas are: Communication, Marketing, and Public Relations; Culture and Diversity; Financial Resource Development and Management; Foundations and Management of Nonprofit Sector; Governance, Leadership, and Advocacy; Legal and Ethical Decision Making; Personal and Professional Development; Program Development; Volunteer and Human Resource Management; and Future of the Nonprofit Sector.

Graduates will be prepared to obtain positions with local, national, and international nonprofit organizations or employers outside of the nonprofit sector. Examples of these positions include executive director of a nonprofit; marketing and public relations; fundraising and resource development; human resources director of a nonprofit; volunteer recruitment and management; community and economic development; program development, management and evaluation; and financial administration and management. Students graduating with the LMNO major may be employed by for-profits in their public affairs, community relations, or corporate responsibility departments or in the consultant industry.

Student Learning Outcomes

Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations graduates will:

  • Apply knowledge of fundamental nonprofit management terms, theories, and skills.
  • Demonstrate and apply in-depth knowledge of leadership theories.
  • Demonstrate the ability to function as an effective member of a team.
  • Demonstrate respect and understanding towards diverse cultures and beliefs of individuals and communities.
  • Explain the importance of and show evidence of ethical and professional behaviors.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate projects for a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication skills to appropriate audiences.

Academic Requirements

Students will complete all LMNO and LDR coursework with a C or better.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure

Students may pursue the National Certified Nonprofit Professional credential through SDSU’s affiliation with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only national nonprofit credential preparing students (undergraduate, graduate and professionals) for careers in nonprofit management.

Course Delivery Format

Certification requirements are met through course work, co-curricular involvement, and an internship. National Certification through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in nonprofit management requires an additional 120-hour internship with a nonprofit organization, passing a credentialing exam, and attending the Alliance Management Institute conference.

Requirements for Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements

College of Education and Human Sciences Requirements

Major Requirements


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements 30 Credit Hours
College of Education and Human Sciences Requirements 4 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 61 Credit Hours
Electives** 25 Credit Hours

**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.