Who is it for?

The nonprofit sector administration specialization is designed for those who want to prepare themselves for leadership positions within the nonprofit sector.

Crystal MorganCrystal Morgan '13
Marketing Manager, Alliance for Children and Families

Crystal transitioned from a professional marketing position in a for-profit company to a nonprofit member association that supports the needs of children and families throughout the city and the nation. "I decided it was time to continue my education in order to learn more about successful leadership techniques and the nonprofit industry to help support and advance my career," she says. "I will continue to utilize Marquette’s mission of leadership, service, faith and excellence throughout my career and my life.”



The nonprofit sector administration specialization can serve people working at all levels in all areas, including:

  • Community organizations
  • Neighborhood associations
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Family support centers
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Municipal offices
  • Civic groups


To earn a master's degree in leadership studies, students must complete 36 hours of course work.

Leadership Studies Core Courses (18 credits)

Class Name Course Title Credit Hours
LEDR 6000 History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics* 3 credit hours
LEDR 6005 Self-Leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6010 Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6025 Research Methods 3 credit hours
LEDR 6015 Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations --- OR --- 3 credit hours
LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens 3 credit hours
LEDR 6030 Qualitative Research and the Social Impact on Leaders' Decisions --- OR --- 3 credit hours
LEDR 6035 Applied Quantitative methods in Leadership Studies 3 credit hours
  *Prereq for all LEDR course work  


Nonprofit Sector Administration Specialization Courses (12 credits)

Class Name Course Title Credit Hours
NPSE 6521 Social Entrepreneurship: Nonprofit Organizations 3 credit hours
NPSE 6525 Financial Matters in the Nonprofit Sector 3 credit hours
NPSE 6530 Social Justice and Social Activism 3 credit hours
NPSE 6535 Legal Aspects of the Nonprofit Sector 3 credit hours


Integrative Learning Options

Integrative Learning Options (choose one)

Professional Project

  • Six (6) credits of a professional project. This course is taken three credits at a time, preferably in two consecutive semesters. The professional project courses are generally not offered during summer.

There are basically two (2) options for a professional project.

  1. Work independently with a faculty advisor and possibly an organization to produce a research based service or product.
  2. Submit for publication to a peer reviewed journal the findings from a research study, which has been supervised by a faculty member.

Comprehensive Exams*

  • Thirty-six (36) credits of course work followed by a comprehensive examination. Students will take: 18 required core credits, 12 required specialization credits, and the final 6 credits should be approved by the program advisor.


Contact College of Professional Studies

Email the college

Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298