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Graduate Minor in Nonprofit Management

Expand your skills to lead in the nonprofit sector.

The nonprofit sector, an important avenue for social change and public service provision, is rapidly growing in size and influence. Gain analytical, theoretical and practical knowledge to function effectively and efficiently within nonprofit settings, including how to navigate the benefits and challenges of the nonprofit world to deliver important services to your community. 

Program Highlights

This minor is designed for current Ohio State graduate students who want to learn to work effectively within nonprofit settings to drive change in their communities and organizations.

Learn and apply practices that maximize impact and efficiency within nonprofit settings.
Gain strategic perspective specific to nonprofit management, including nonprofit laws, standards and best practices.
Understand how nonprofit goals and missions impact operations, and how to lead of a variety of stakeholders.


Students take 10 credit hours to complete the graduate minor. One core course and two to three elective courses.

Advising Sheet

Core Coursework

  • PUBAFRS 7553: Nonprofit Management and Governance (four credits)

Prior to the Autumn 2022 term PUBAFRS 7553 was a 3 credit hour course. Students who took PUBAFRS 7553 prior to the Autumn 2022 term may need an additional course to meet the minimum 10 credit hours required to complete the minor.

Students are highly recommend to take PUBAFRS 7553 before completing any additional nonprofit coursework. Please contact a Glenn College advisor for specific guidance on course sequencing

Elective Courses

Choose a minimum of two:
  • PUBAFRS 5590: Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits (three credits)
  • PUBAFRS 5591: Lobbying and Government Relations (three credits)
  • PUBAFRS 5592: Marketing for Nonprofit and Public Organizations (three credits)
  • PUBAFRS 5595: Social Enterprise (three credits)

  • PUBAFRS 6060: Managerial Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (four credits)
  • PUBAFRS 6080: Concepts and Methods of Program Evaluation (four credits) (prerequisite: PUBAFRS 6070)
  • PUBAFRS 7501: Grant Writing (three credits) (cross-listed, but students must enroll in PUBAFRS 7501 in order to receive credit towards the minor)
  • PUBAFRS 7533: Nonprofit Financial Management (three credits)

Program Details

To apply, you must be an Ohio State University student already enrolled with good standing (3.0 or higher GPA) in a graduate degree program outside of the Glenn College.

International students must have appropriate undergraduate or graduate coursework, or equivalent experience in American Government.

Meet with an advisor:

  • Students are strongly encouraged to work with the Glenn College minor advisor before beginning coursework to ensure appropriate course selection.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their academic goals for the minor with their academic advisor in their home college.

Submit a Minors and Interdisciplinary Specialization form:

  • Visit to access the form.
  • The Graduation Level/Plan/Degree will belong to the student’s home department.
  • Select NONPRFT-GM – Nonprofit Management Minor for the “Designation Name.”
  • Include all coursework that fulfills the graduate minor requirements.

Complete 10 hours of graded, graduate-level coursework

  • Minimum of three courses offered by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, including PUBAFRS 7553: Nonprofit Management and Governance, and two elective courses.
  • Students must receive a grade of B or higher in all minor coursework.
  • All elective coursework must be approved by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Submit a Transcript Designation request:

  • Visit to complete the request after all minor coursework has been completed.
  • In order to have the minor designated on the student’s official transcript, you must complete the Transcript Designation request.

Graduate minors and certificates prepare you to make an impact.