Public and Nonprofit Management

The Public and Nonprofit Management Co-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.

This major must be completed with another major or co-major in the Carlson School of Management.

Co-Major Curriculum

This co-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 4001 4 Social Venturing in Action (prereq: senior status; only offered spring semester)


Course Credits Title & Additional Information
PA 3001 3 Changing the World: Contemporary Public Policy
PA 3002 3 Basic Methods of Policy Analysis
PA 3990 1-3 General Topics in Public Policy (prereq: instructor consent)
PA 5123 1.5 Philanthropy in America: History Practice and Trends


Course Credits Title & Additional Information
MGMT 3015 OR IBUS 3010 4 Introduction to Entrepreneurship OR Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship
MGMT 4008 4 Entrepreneurial Management (prereq: MGMT 3015 or MGMT 3010 or IBUS 3010)
MGMT 4044 4 Negotiation Strategies
MGMT 4055 2 Management of Innovation and Change OR Managing Innovation and Change-Sustainability in Brazil (prereq: MGMT 3001 or MGMT 3004 or MGMT 3015 or MGMT 3010)
MGMT 5018 2 Philanthropy & Fundraising Strategy (previously MGMT 4018)
MGMT 4175W 4 New Business Feasibility & Planning (MGMT 3015 or MGMT 3010 or IBUS 3010)
PA 5927 1.5 Skills Workshop: Effective Grant Writing in Public Affairs (prereq: instructor consent)
GCC 3003 3 Grand Challenge: Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues (prereq: junior or senior)
GCC 3005 3 Grand Challenge: Global Venture Design: What Impact Will You Make? (prereq: junior or senior)
GCC 3011 3 Grand Challenge: Pathways to Renewable Energy (prereq: sophomore, junior, or senior)
GCC 3014 3 Grand Challenge: The Future of Work and Life in the 21st Century
GCC 3017 3 Grand Challenge: World Food Problems: Agronomics, Economics & Hunger

Please note that some course numbers and titles have changed for Fall 2022. You will not receive credit for a course that you previously completed under the old course number. Refer to this full list for details.

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

View Program requirements and course descriptions


Public and Nonprofit Management:

A career in public and nonprofit management focuses on learning how to manage business concerns of nonprofits including board development, facility administration, grant writing, personnel administration, program planning, service delivery, volunteer utilization, and public relations for not-for-profit organizations. Unique challenges include finding creative ways to generate operating finances, attracting high caliber professionals and volunteers without the lure of big money, maintaining goodwill, and finding meaningful evaluation tools with which to measure success and indicate areas for improvement.

Typical Careers for Public and Nonprofit Management Majors:

  • Executive Director
  • Development Officer
  • Operations/Programs Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Volunteer Engagement Manager
  • Social Entrepreneur
  • Non-Market Strategy Consultant

Organizations that Hire Public/Nonprofit Majors:

  • Non-profits such as St. Paul Children's Hospital, Second Harvest/Heartland, Lutheran Social Services, American Red Cross, National Marrow Donor Program, and United Way
  • Environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy
  • Private foundations such as McKnight, Bush, Cargill and Carl & Eloise Pohlad
  • Corporate philanthropic foundations such as Travelers, Best Buy, Children's, and many others
  • Banking institutions focused on economic opportunity
  • Federal, state and local governments
  • International NGO’s
  • Socially responsible businesses
  • Consulting firms

Student organizations that may interest you:

  • Net Impact
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