Public and Nonprofit Management

The Public and Nonprofit Management major is designed for students who are interested in broadening their understanding of organizations, and learning about the distinct practices, challenges and structures that one encounters when working with either public or not-for-profit entities.

Students pursuing this major take a blend of classes from both the Carlson School and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. As a result, our students are not only equipped to work directly for governments and nonprofits, but also to excel within a private enterprise setting where cross-sector relationships — both domestically and in emerging markets — are becoming increasingly important.

View a full 4-year catalog of program requirements and course descriptions.

Major Curriculum

This major must be completed along with another major in the Carlson School. The major is offered in conjunction with the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.


Course Credits Title & Additional Information
PA 3003 3 Nonprofit and Public Financial Management
PA 4101 3 Nonprofit Management and Governance
MGMT 4000 4 Issues in Nonprofit Management (Senior Capstone)


Course Credits Title & Additional Information
PA 3002 3 Basic Methods of Policy Analysis
PA 3990 3 Introduction to Public Policy
PA 4144 3 Social Entrepreneurship (previously PA 4190)
PA 5123 3 Introduction to Philanthropy: Theory and Practice


Course Credits Title & Additional Information
MGMT 3010 4 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
MGMT 4008 4 Entrepreneurial Management
MGMT 4050 2 Management of Innovation and Change
MGMT 4170W 4 New Business Feasibility & Planning
MGMT 4002 4 Managerial Psychology
MGMT 4040 4 Negotiation Strategies
PA 5920 1.5 Skills Workshop: Effective Grantwriting in Public Affairs

Please note that all classes are not offered every semester. Please check the class schedule on OneStop for details.


Public and Nonprofit Management:

Careers within the public and nonprofit sectors offer a wide range of opportunities. In order to build our public infrastructure and deliver critical services, professionals in these sectors must raise funds, oversee budgets, administer facilities, manage employees, plan programs, devise efficient distribution channels, and consistently maintain goodwill.

Typical Careers for Public and Nonprofit Management Majors:

  • Executive Director
  • Director of Development
  • Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Human Resources Director
  • Financial Analyst
  • Operations Specialist
  • Program Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Grant Writer

View profiles of some of our most recent graduates.

Organizations that Hire Public/Nonprofit Majors:

  • Public sector
  • City, County, State, and Federal government organizations
  • Nonprofit Sector
  • Social non-profits such as Children's Hospital Foundation, 2nd Harvest/Heartland, Lutheran Social Services, American Red Cross, National Marrow Donor Program, United Way, etc.
  • Cultural non-profits such as Minnesota Film & TV, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Walker Art Center, MPR/The Current, etc.
  • Environmental non-profits such as the Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, etc.
  • Private Foundations such as McKnight Foundation, Bush Foundation, Carl & Eloise Pohlad Foundation, etc.
  • Private Sector
  • International corporations focused on establishing a presence in emerging markets
  • Corporations involved in the developing infrastructures or delivering utilities
  • Philanthropic foundations within corporations — such as those found at Travelers, Target, Best Buy, Children's, and many others.

Visit the Career Center to learn more about social-impact careers.

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