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Program in Nonprofit-Sector Management The Tseng College of Extended Learning California State University, Northridge

  • Northridge, CA
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Overview

Non-Profit Career Preparation at a Top-Ranking California University

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in Non-Profit Sector Management degree program at California State University Northridge (CSUN) is designed for students with professional experience in national, state, or local government agencies; regional planning agencies; and non-profit or voluntary organizations.

Since 1985, more than 2,000 students have earned M.P.A. degrees from CSUN. The school ranks 3rd behind Harvard University and Columbia in the number of M.P.A. degrees awarded nationwide. CSUN is also the largest provider of M.P.A. degrees in the state of California.

California State University Northridge has been ranked in the top 200 public affairs graduate schools by "U.S. News and World Report."

A Program Designed for Working, Midcareer Professionals

The M.P.A. degree program in Non-Profit Sector Management is offered through the Tseng College at CSUN, which specializes in graduate, international, and midcareer education.

Flexible options such as evening and weekend courses and classes at satellite locations provide working professionals with opportunities to balance M.P.A. degree program coursework with work and family responsibilities.

Required Coursework

The Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Sector Management degree program at CSUN is a 36-unit program composed of 12 courses and a comprehensive examination. Students typically complete the program in 2 to 2 1/2 years.

All students in the program must complete 5 required courses, including "Seminar in Public Administration and its Environment;" "Research Methods for Public Administration;" "Seminar in Organization Theory and Human Behavior;" "Public Budgeting and Financial Administration;" and "Seminar in Public Policy Process."

In addition to completing the required courses, students may choose 6 electives from the non-profit sector management option. Elective choices include courses such as "Strategic Planning, Needs Assessment, and Program Design;" "Public Policy Analysis;" "Ethics and Professionalism;" and "Non-Profit Finance and Financial Management."

The Comprehensive Examination

After students complete all required coursework for the Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Sector Management degree program at CSUN, they are required to pass comprehensive essay examinations. The essay exam includes both a general public administration component as well as a component related to the non-profit sector management degree specialization. Students are given 3 hours to write fluent, sophisticated responses to questions related to each area.

A Supportive, Student-Centered Learning Community

Students typically complete coursework for the Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Sector Management degree program in cohorts of between 20-35 students. Cohorts enter the program and proceed through all required coursework as a group. This approach ensures that students have built-in support networks and greatly increases graduation rates.

M.P.A. degree program cohort groups typically form close ties with each other and with their professors, and students graduate with rich, extended professional networks.

The Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Sector Management

The Tseng College at California State University Northridge offers a graduate certificate program in non-profit sector management. This 6-course program gives working, midcareer students the opportunity to hone their administrative skills, as well as the opportunity to explore managerial issues common in non-profit organizations.

Students in the graduate certificate program gain valuable skills such as budgeting and financial management; leadership and teambuilding; strategic planning; and stakeholder relations.

The graduate certificate program can typically be completed in 1 year of study. To be admitted into the graduate certificate program, students must have bachelor's degrees from accredited universities and at least one year of relevant work experience. Applicants must have cumulative undergraduate G.P.A.s of 2.5 or higher.

Faculty Members with a Wide Range of Experience and Research Interests

Professor Jennifer De Maio is a former journalist for ABC news and NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles; an M.S.c. from the London School of Economics; and a B.A. from Georgetown University. Professor De Maio has published several books and articles on the topic of civil war and international relations in Africa.

James David Ballard, professor of sociology at CSUN, holds a Ph.D. with concentrations in political sociology, criminology, and deviance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Professor Ballard has published more than 50 books and articles focused on transportation-related terrorism and terrorism related to nuclear waste shipping and storage facilities.

Professor Amy Levin helped launch the Master of Social Work degree program at CSUN in 2005. Professor Levin holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, and an M.S.W. from Columbia University. Her professional background includes several years working with at-risk youth in New York and Los Angeles.

Admissions Requirements for the M.P.A. in Non-Profit Sector Management

Students interested in applying to the M.P.A. in non-profit sector management degree program at California State University Northridge must hold bachelor's degrees from accredited universities and have at least 2 years of relevant work experience.

A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher is required to be considered for admission to the program. Applicants who have a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 are required to take the GRE and score at least 50% or higher on any of the 3 sections. The GRE requirement is waived for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

International students who hold bachelor's degrees from universities where instruction was not delivered in English are required to submit TOEFL scores. To be considered for admission to the program, international students must score 85 on the Internet-based test; a 223 on the computer-based test; or a 563 on the paper-based test. An IELTS score of 7 or above is also acceptable.

Tuition and Fees

Costs for the M.P.A. in Non-Profit Public Sector Management degree program include tuition, books, and other materials. Financial aid is available. Because students in the Tseng College at CSUN are typically midcareer professionals, they are not required to pay fees associated with on-campus life and student services.


Location & Contact

Program in Nonprofit-Sector Management

The Tseng College of Extended Learning
California State University, Northridge

18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
United States

Pat Lyon

Program Manager

Phone: 818-677-3332

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