Nonprofit Sector Studies Program (NPSS)
As of October 1, 2007, the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies has become the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, and no additional students are being admitted. However, current students are being served by faculty and staff and encouraged to complete their degrees.
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Contents : Program description | Degrees and Certificates | Courses | Electives | Internships
What is Nonprofit Sector Studies?
The Nonprofit Sector Studies Program at Wayne State University offers courses for people to work as professional in youth, health, human services, and other nonprofit organization settings. The program offers the minor in nonprofit sector studies for the Undergraduate student and the post-baccalaureate certificate for people who may already work in nonprofit organizations and who have already earned a bachelor's degree, and courses for graduate master's level concentrations. These graduate courses may be taken by graduate students in any program but are especially designed for the MISP and MPA programs. The program objectives are:
- to provide a quality learning experience for nonprofit organization professionals in a scholarly environment, and
- to support professionalization opportunities for nonprofit organization leaders.
Nonprofit Settings in Michigan:
The Nonprofit Sector Studies Program works with a number of organizations in Michigan that provide students with opportunities for internship experience, including:
- Accounting Aid Society
- American Red Cross, Detroit Chapter
- Catholic Youth Organization
- Children's Center of Wayne County
- Detroit Compact
- Detroit Medical Center
- Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall
- Detroit Urban League
- Family Service
- Focus: HOPE
- Matrix Human Services
- Michigan Cancer Foundation
- Museum of African American History
- Partners Against Crime
- Salvation Army
- United Way Community Services
- University Public School
- Wolverine Human Service
- Detroit Area Lifelong Learning Coalition
These organizations are managed and served by professionals whose educational backgrounds include study and training in human service administration, nonprofit organization leadership, and other allied fields.
What do our Graduates do?
Our graduates are employed in disparate nonprofit settings, including human services, health care, advocacy and human rights, culture and fine arts, philanthropy, the environment, education, children and youth services, and religion. They work in a variety of positions, including nonprofit administration, planned giving, fund raising, management of volunteer programs, conference and seminar coordination, youth leadership, information technology, and other specialized program areas.
What degrees and certificates does NPSS offer?
TH THREE STUDY OPTIONS AVAILABLE
- The first is a Minor for undergraduate juniors who seek to develop an area of expertise to augment their major field of study.
- The second is a Post-baccalaureate Certificate program designed for people with a bachelors degree who wish to concentrate in Nonprofit studies and do not seek a Master’s Degree. This certificate can be earned in one year by taking 2 four-credit courses per semester. All courses are offered in the evening or on Saturdays to accommodate students who wish to continue their employment.
- The third is a Master's Concentration in Nonprofit Sector Studies for students admitted to the Master's in Public Administrations or the Master's in Theatre Management, or the Master's of Interdisciplinary Studies. Students interested in admission to graduate programs must apply directly to those programs.
The undergraduate minor is designed to complement a student’s major field of study. Admission requirements include English Proficiency Exam completion and junior standing. A minimum of 19 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required for completion. Required courses include: NPS 3000, 3500, 4000, and 4500, plus one elective.
The Post-baccalaureate Certificate in NPSS is designed for people interested in attaining critical skills needed for managing or leading nonprofit agencies. Admission requirements include a bachelors degree from an accredited four-year institution. The certificate candidate must complete 24 credits in the program with a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Required courses include NPS 3000, 3500, 4000, 4300, and 4500, plus one elective selected from an approved list of courses from allied fields.
- MISP (INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES)
- MPA (POLITICAL SCIENCE)
- MTA (THEATRE MANAGEMENT)
Admitted students in graduate masters degree programs may select a concentration in NPSS. Admission is based on each department’s graduate program admission standards. NPSS courses available: ISP5000, ISP5500, ISP6000 and ISP6200, and electives in MPA or other departments. MISP student thesis is related to nonprofit sector issue
NPS 3000 / ISP 5000 Introduction to Nonprofit Sector Studies 4 cr. Prereq: Passing score on English Proficiency Exam and junior standing. This course examines management in nonprofit organizations including human service, cultural and civic organizations and provides an overview of theory, practice and history of nonprofits.
NPS 3100 Nonprofit Leadership, 4 cr. Prereq: Passing score on English Proficiency Exam and junior standing. This course provides expert knowledge of Michigan and national philanthropy and will build on NPS 3000 overview of theory, practice and history of nonprofits.
NPS 3500/ ISP 5550 Management of Volunteer Programs, 4 cr. Prereq: Passing score on English Proficiency Exam and junior standing. The objectives of this course include a comprehensive understanding of volunteerism: planning and evaluation of volunteer programs, motivation, and the recruitment, selection and training of volunteers.
NPS 4000/ ISP 6000 Marketing and Development for Nonprofits, 4 cr. Prereq: NPS 3000. From the perspective of both theory and practice, this course examines the methods and techniques of fund-raising and development for nonprofit organizations.
NPS 4100 Information Technology in Nonprofit Operations, 4 cr. Prereq: NPS 3000 and basic computer skills. A ‘hands on’ course that includes computer laboratory use of standard software packages used in nonprofits. Students will compare major nonprofit software and examine how information technology is used in nonprofits.
NPS 4200 / ISP 6200 Grantwriting for Nonprofits, 4 cr. This course applies the theories of nonprofit management and leadership through hands-on experience in the science and art of writing grant proposals. Students complete an actual proposal for funding.
NPS 4300 Topics in NPSS, 4 cr. Prereq: NPS 3000. This course explores new and developing topics in NPSS. In-depth examination of a special topic selected to bring timely or historical perspectives to the program.
NPS 4450 Program Planning & Evaluation, 3 cr. Prereq: Corequisite with courses above NPS 4000 or electives. Internal (and external) evaluation is an ongoing analysis of the effectiveness and efficiency of organizations and a necessary tool for nonprofit planning.
NPS 4500 Internship / Leadership, 4-8 cr. Prereq: NPS 3000 and 3500 or 4000. The culmination of the program is to train under experienced professionals in a nonprofit setting. 120 hours on-site internship for 4 credits.
School of Business Administration
MKT5300 Marketing Management
MGT5500 Organization / Management Theory
College of Education
EDS 6620 Sociology of Urban Schools
HE 3300 Health of the School Child
College of Liberal Arts
SOC 5500 Urban and Metropolitan Living
SOC 5700 Inequality and Social Class
ANT 3150 Anthropology of Business
PS 6010 Intergovernmental Relations & American Federalism
PS 6700 Financial Mgt for NP Orgs.
PS 7460 Program Evaluation
ISM 7500 Management Information Systems
Library Science Program
LS 6010 Intro to Information Profession
LS 6160 Electronic Access to Information
ISP 5000 Intro to Management of NPs
ISP 5550 Mgt. of Volunteer Programs
ISP 6000 Marketing & Development
ISP 6200 Grantwriting for NPs
Last updated: October 6, 2003
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