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The Lodestar Center offers professional development through NMI and supports nonprofit leadership academic education for undergraduate and graduate students as part of the School of Community Resources and Development at ASU.

Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Science degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management provides theoretical and practical understanding of the nonprofit sector's role as an integral part of the social, political, economic, and philanthropic fabric of American society. Students will graduate ready for professional nonprofit careers as program directors, fund development directors, field executives, and volunteer coordinators.

By completing the undergraduate program, you may also earn national certification from American Humanics, Inc. which will prepare you to lead and strengthen nonprofit organizations. The American Humanics Certificate program is a 30 credit hour national certification program awarded through American Humanics Inc., and prepares you to lead and strengthen nonprofit organizations.

Graduate Program

The Masters of Nonprofit Studies (MNpS) is intended for professionals who work in or desire to work in the nonprofit sector, addressing the unique character of nonprofit organizations and the social sector. The program consists of 33 credit hours of coursework culminating with a capstone course taken at the end of the program.

A Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management is available as a stand-alone program for graduate-level, non-degree seeking students as well as a concentration for students pursuing graduate degrees in Social Work, Public Administration, Business Administration, Education, and other fields of endeavor.

Doctoral Program

A Ph.D. in Community Resources and Development is available within a Nonprofit Leadership and Management Track. This three-year full-time program is organized around a set of integrative experiences for student cohorts that build on graduate courses in nonprofit management along with faculty mentoring and community involvement. The Ph.D. consists of a minimum of 54 credit hours beyond the Master degree and students are expected to have taken master’s level research methods and statistics courses.

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