Undergraduate Programs in Nonprofit Leadership Studies

The NLS Program includes the academic Major and Minor dedicated to preparing students with the skills and experience to lead organizations with public good missions. Details are presented in the Murray State Bulletin. The program of study is a strong complement to all majors and minors across the Murray State curriculum, as increasing numbers of graduates are employed in the Nonprofit Sector in the full variety of fields of practice.

Nonprofit Leadership Studies (major)

Total Curriculum Requirements (120 hours)

Required Courses (31 hours)

NLS 100T: Transitions (1 hours)

NLS 207: Diversity and Inclusion in a Global Society (3 hours)

NLS 300: Introduction to Nonprofit Management (3 hours)

NLS 305: Giving, Philanthropy, and Grantmaking (3 hours)

NLS 350: Program Development (3 hours)

NLS 351: Leadership, Governance, and Board Development (3 hours)

NLS 352: Human Resource and Volunteer Development (3 hours)

NLS 400: Professional Internship (3 hours)

NLS 402: Financial Resource Management and Fund Development (3 hours)

NLS 450: Senior Seminar Capstone (3 hours)

NLS 465: Policy, Legal Issues and Advocacy for Social Change (3 hours)

Required Electives (6 hours)

NLS 360: Special Topics – Introduction to Arts Administration (3 hours)

NLS 360: Special Topics – Faith and Philanthropy (3 hours)

NLS 370: Philanthropy, NGOs, and International Development (3 hours)

NLS 380: The Nonprofit Sector in Comparative Perspective: Study Abroad Experience (3 hours)

NLS 430: NPOs and Community Development: Comprehensive Strategies for Impact (3 hours)

NLS 475: Social Entrepreneurship (3 hours)

NLS 485: Seminar on Leadership Development (3 hours)

Career Related Electives (9 hours)

With the support of the academic advisor, students select courses that align with their professional and career goals.

Unrestricted Electives (3–9 hours)

 

Nonprofit Leadership Studies (minor)

Total Curriculum Requirements (21 hours)

Required Courses (15 hours)

NLS 300: Introduction to Nonprofit Management (3 hours)

NLS 350: Program Development (3 hours)

NLS 351: Leadership, Governance, and Board Development (3 hours)

NLS 402: Financial Resource Management and Fund Development (3 hours)

NLS 465: Policy, Legal Issues and Advocacy for Social Change (3 hours)

Electives (6 hours)

Six hours electives must be upper-level courses.

 


Please use this link to find out more about the program, or you can directly contact:

Elise Lael Kieffer, Ph.D.
Program Director & Assistant Professor
Nonprofit Leadership Studies
Organizational Communication and Leadership
309A Wilson Hall
Murray, KY 42071
ekieffer@murraystate.edu
270.809.3307

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