Nonprofit Leadership
Department of Christian Ministries

Nonprofit Leadership

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program
  • Minor Available
  • PSEO/Early college online classes

Prepare to work in nonprofit organizations. The nonprofit leadership degree combines ministry and business courses.

Nonprofit leadership may be the right degree for you if you

  • want to develop your leadership skills
  • are interested in a meaningful career with a nonprofit organization
  • want to combine your heart for ministry with business savvy

Why study nonprofit leadership at Northwestern?

You will develop relational skills, learn ethics, and gain experience in missional leadership. Our small class sizes allow you one-on-one attention from experienced professors. They will help you be well-equipped for a career in nonprofit leadership.

With campus so close to Minneapolis and St. Paul, students at Northwestern have the opportunity to intern in a variety of nonprofits around the Twin Cities.

Accelerated M.A. in Ministry Leadership

Students may apply through the Ministry department to combine an undergraduate degree in Nonprofit Leadership with an accelerated Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership. Nonprofit majors complete up to 14 credits of the MA degree during their undergraduate program and the remaining 22 credits during the fifth year of study. The fifth-year can be completed on-site or through online learning. This pathway saves students time and tuition expense as they add a graduate degree to their portfolio.

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Careers in nonprofit leadership

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in nonprofit leadership.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Administration
  • Management
  • Public relations
  • Fund raising/development
  • Research
  • City or county boards or management
  • Grant writing
  • Direct service
  • Ministry development
  • Finance or budget analysis
  • Community affairs
  • Program development or program direction
  • Emergency services management
  • Camp or missions trip administration and leadership
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of seniors feel prepared to integrate their faith with their academic field
business and ministry skills for Kingdom impact
of seniors felt their major encouraged critical thinking

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