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To complete the nonprofit concentration, you must successfully complete five courses within the concentration's curriculum in addition to the MPA required courses.  For the concentration, there are two required courses and three electives. The core consists of six classes that are required of all MPA students.  Also required is an Advanced Seminar course which is usually scheduled during your last semester.  The Advanced Seminar, or "Capstone" Project, is a client-based project overseen by a SPA faculty member.  The total degree is 12 courses (36 credit hours).

Two Required Nonprofit Courses

These two courses are required for all students pursuing the nonprofit concentration:

  • PUAD 5110 Seminar on Nonprofit Management
  • PUAD 5140 Nonprofit Financial Management

Three Elective Courses

In addition, students must take three other elective courses from the list below or other elective courses approved by the director of the Nonprofit Management concentration, Professor Danielle Varda.

  • ​​​PUAD 5115 Effective Grantwriting for Public and Nonprofit Managers 
  • PUAD 5120 Nonprofits and Public Policy 
  • PUAD 5125 Civil Society and Nongovernmental Organizations 
  • PUAD 5150 Fund Development 
  • PUAD 5160 Nonprofit Boards and Executive Leadership 
  • PUAD 5170 Strategic Management for Public and Nonprofits Managers 
  • PUAD 5180 Social Entrepreneurship 
  • PUAD 5130 Collaboration Across Sectors 
  • PUAD 5220 Human Resource Management in Public Service Organizations 
  • PUAD 5260 Managing in a Multicultural Society 
  • PUAD 5271 Managing Conflict and Change 
  • PUAD 5320 Public Policy Analysis 
  • PUAD 5350 Program Evaluation 
  • PUAD 5628 Urban Social Problems 
  • PUAD 5440 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 
  • PUAD 5460 Political Advocacy 
  • PACN 5010 Rocky Mountain Leadership Program 
  • PUAD 5030 Denver Community Leadership Forum 

Students may take a policy specific course from other concentrations (e.g., Environmental Policy; Disaster Management) 

All MPA students must complete the following common required core courses:

  • PUAD 5001 Introduction to Public Administration and Public Service
  • PUAD 5002 Organizational Management and Behavior 
  • PUAD 5003 Research and Analytical Methods 
  • PUAD 5004 Economics and Public Finance 
  • PUAD 5005 The Policy Process and Democracy 
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