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Nonprofits are a growing segment of the U.S. economy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2016 that Section 501(c)(3) organizations accounted for two-thirds of the nonprofit organizations in the United States. Organizations that fall into this category focus on animal welfare, charitable, child welfare, educational, literary, public safety, religious, or scientific interests.

College Choice ranks the following five schools as having the top degree programs in Nonprofit Management. Their programs prepare graduates for leadership roles in a wide range of careers relevant to the nonprofit industry. Most programs are graduate level, but it is possible to find a few nonprofit management degree programs for undergraduates.

Texas A&M University-College Station

The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M encompasses the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy. It offers three postsecondary degree programs:

  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management,
  • Executive Master of Public Service and Administration,
  • Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) program.

Texas A&M is located in College Station, Texas. The Executive Masters program can be completed online.

University of Texas-Austin

At the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, students can customize the Master of Public Affairs degree program by concentrating on Nonprofit and Philanthropic Studies. The Center for Professional Education also offers a Certificate program in Nonprofit Management.

Indiana University-Bloomington

IU Bloomington’s School of Public Affairs offers several degree programs in nonprofit management including:

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership,
  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management,
  • Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management,
  • Ph.D. in Public Affairs with a minor in Nonprofit Management.

University of Southern California

The Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC offers perhaps the most diverse range of programs on this list. Options include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Policy with a Philanthropy, Nonprofits and Social Innovation Track,
  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Policy,
  • Master of Public Affairs with a specialization in Nonprofit Management and Leadership,
  • Master of Public Policy with the option to choose between specializing in Nonprofit Management and Leadership or Philanthropy and Nonprofit Policy.

Syracuse University

Finally, Syracuse’s Department of Public Administration and International Affairs offers a Master’s of Public Affairs program with a Public and Nonprofit Management program of study. The program is housed within the university’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.