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Nonprofit Management Major

Our program provides our students with the necessary skills in management with effective communication practices. Non-profits play a vital role in our society to provide care and support for others. Students will gain an understanding of economic principles and accounting skills in addition to social media, professional communication, and public relations methods. All areas that are required for successful non-profit management. 

Program Overview

You will learn the basics of economics, accounting and finance elements to successfully run a nonprofit organization while studying effective writing and oral communication techniques for workplace environments. In addition, you will learn to create and publish print, digital and emerging forms of communication with a focus on cross-cultural communication and communication in professional settings. Finally, you will explore strategies, tactics and skills for reaching multiple publics (customers, donors, community members, etc.); methods for handling a public relations crisis; ways to motivate publics to achieve the organization’s goals; and how organizations use social media to spread messages, capture dollars and connect to their publics in our Social Media Concentration.

Program Concentrations

This program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.

Concentration Overview

This concentration focuses on the economics, accounting, and finance elements of successful business administration.

Concentration Overview

Business to Business and Community Relations Concentration is perfect for those looking to have a career in business or with a non-profit organization. Students learn strategies, tactics, and skills for reaching multiple publics (customers, donors, community members, etc.), how to effectively deal with a public relations crisis, and ways to motivate publics to achieve the organization’s goals.

Concentration Overview

Students learn how organizations utilize social media to spread their message, capture dollars, and connect to their publics. Additionally, students learn the current research and analytic techniques used to inform social media campaigns. Our social media concentration builds the skills needed for a variety of employment opportunities in social media, a fast-growing field.

Concentration Overview

The professional writing concentration marries the love of language with the practical writing skills essential in today’s workplace. With a combination of professional and creative proficiencies, you will enter the workforce with experience and keen insight in a broad array of written forms and styles. From technical and business writing and communication, to poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, you will differentiate yourself across many career fields including nonprofit, content development and editing, publishing, and technical writing.

Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.

Program Coursework

The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.

LEADERSHIP:  4 credits
  • Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.) 
  • Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
  • Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
  • Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
  • Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.

CORE LITERACIES:  15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
  • Narratives of Identity       (3 cr.)
  • Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)   
  • Social Tensions (3 cr.)    
  • The American Experience (3 cr.)
  • Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)

Professional Core

Culminating Experience

Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
  • Pre-Internship
  • Internship
  • Capstone

Experiential Learning   

Our students have gained practical experience through internships. 

Internship sites may include: 

  • Campus Vote Project
  • Cardinal Stritch University - University Communications, Undergraduate Admissions
  • Catholic Charities
  • Discovery World
  • Leaders Initiative Program
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
  • St. Thomas More High School
  • Urban Ecology Center
  • Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Non-Profit Management

Nonprofit Management Jobs

Nonprofit management is an interdisciplinary program that combines business management skills with communication effectiveness to provide these organizations with the best possible leaders. 

Job opportunities can include the following: 

  • Advocacy Director
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Communications Director
  • Development Director
  • Program Director

Average salaries in Nonprofit Management

Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.


Barb S. Spies

Director of Mission Integration

Mission Integration

(414) 410-4691