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ERIC Number: EJ1120655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
Nonprofit Management Education in MPA Programs: Lessons for Successful Track Building
Gerlach, John David
Journal of Political Science Education, v12 n4 p471-486 2016
As the American nonprofit sector continues to grow, so does interest in nonprofit management graduate education. MPA programs play a significant role in preparing students for work in the nonprofit field. This article examines nonprofit management as an area of graduate study, paying particular attention to how NASPAA-accredited MPA programs currently approach it from a curricular standpoint. The article provides lessons for successful nonprofit management track building gleaned from experience gained at two universities with accredited MPA programs. Specifically, the article illustrates the importance of stakeholder commitment, quality curricula, and the use of experiential-learning methods in preparing future and current nonprofit leaders. Challenges to building a nonprofit management track or increasing nonprofit course offerings are also discussed. The article concludes with commentary regarding the importance of MPA programs in advancing quality nonprofit management graduate education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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