Here are three ways a nonprofit graduate degree will ADD VALUE to your career.
1. A nonprofit focused graduate degree will help you get promoted and increase your income.
USD's nonprofit management and leadership degree program has a 95% satisfaction rate and 89.1% of the alumni experienced some type of career change since attending the program, with 58.7% receiving an increase in income since graduation.
2. A nonprofit focused graduate degree will give you well rounded nonprofit management expertise that will help you succeed in ANY type nonprofit job.
Whether you want to pursue a development, program, or advocacy job at some point you will need to be able to create and manage a budget, raise funds for a program and have strong connections within the community. A nonprofit focused degree will give you those skills!
The most common courses offered in nonprofit graduate degree programs are:
- Nonprofit Management Fundamentals
- Research Methods
- Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations
- Organizational Behavior
- Fundraising for Nonprofits
- Nonprofit Governance
- Strategic Planning
- Nonprofit Law
- Marketing for Nonprofits
- Advocacy and Public Policy
In addition, the majority of programs are for FULL-TIME working professionals and offer an applied project or capstone component so you'll get hands on practical experience too. For example, for my nonprofit masters degree I created a marketing and volunteer recruitment plan for the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society at Great Lakes, Illinois which they could use and put into motion right away.
3. A nonprofit focused graduate degree will help increase your network and sphere of influence within the nonprofit community.
The connections I made during my nonprofit masters programs were invaluable to me. While I was in my program, I met senior leaders in hospitals, the Girl Scouts, local foundations, and development offices within Universities. I not only learned a lot from my fellow classmates but they also helped me make new connections in the nonprofit community.
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