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Nonprofit Administration, BGS

Online Graduate with Bachelors Degree in NonProfit Admin

Program Description

US News Best Online Programs Bachelor'sThe concentration in Nonprofit Administration is focused on developing the skills necessary for management in the nonprofit sector, and is unique among online programs.
Students earning this degree develop their knowledge of the key components needed to successfully operate nonprofit organizations.
Graduates develop a wide range of professional skills including managing staff and volunteers, finances and information. They develop abilities in key nonprofit areas such as service delivery, fundraising, marketing and program evaluation.
You'll pursue a rounded liberal arts education, highly valued in today's workplace for developing critical thinking and decision-making skills. The BGS in Nonprofit Administration prepares students for careers in nonprofit organizations such as:

  • Direct service organizations
  • Public interest groups
  • Community organizations
  • Professional associations
  • Foundations

American Humanics Certification

American Humanics Certification is available. Requirements may be met through coursework in your core requirement. Speak to your adviser for more information.

Move Up to a Master's degree  


Continue your education by completing the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree which is nationally ranked and the first accredited MPA program offered fully online.


Maximize Prior Learning

Get a head start on your degree using what you have already learned. The online Bachelor of General Studies degree program accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as non-traditional credit from formal training experiences which have been evaluated and approved by specific agencies and committees.


Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska Omaha

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

For Military Students

  • Credit for military training, including 10 credit hours for those who have completed basic training and served at least one year on active duty
  • Scholarships just for active duty military, veterans, and military spouses
  • Policies and programs that support military during times of deployment, PCS, or demanding work schedules
  • Ranked 2nd nationwide for military and veteran student support, according to Military Times magazine
  • Access to the Office of Military and Veteran Services, a one-stop student support office and advocate for any current or prospective UNO students that have a military affiliation

Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$257.25$25.00$11.00$4.00$297.25
3 credit hour$771.75$75.00$33.00$12.00$891.75


 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$335.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$375.00
3 credit hour$1,005.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,125.00

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $57.75 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses.

Tuition listed in the table above is for BGS area of concentration courses. Tuition for distance education courses in other subject areas, or offered by other colleges may be different. Distance education tuition may range as follows:

  • Undergraduate courses for Nebraska residents: $244.00 - $309.50 per credit hour 
  • Undergraduate courses for non-resident students: $335.00 - $885.00 per credit hour 
  • Graduate courses for Nebraska residents: $311.00 - $394.00 per credit hour  
  • Graduate courses for non-resident students: $393.00 - $1,075.75 per credit hour

For more information visit the UNO Student Accounts page, or contact a program adviser listed on the Admissions tab of this page.

To complete the online Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Degree, students are required to:
  • Earn a minimum of 120 total credit hours
  • Earn 24 of your last 48 credit hours from UNO
  • Earn 30 credit hours at the 3000-4000 level, including nine hours from UNO in your area of concentration or six hours from UNO in two of your areas of emphasis
  • Maintain a minimum University of Nebraska system 2.00 grade point average

Requirements and information regarding transferring credits to the BGS Degree:

  • Students may earn up to 65 credit hours from non-traditional sources such as basic training/active duty military service or certain approved formal training experiences.  Official transcripts will be required (i.e. Joint Services Transcript (JST), American Council on Education (ACE) transcript).
    • A maximum of 64 semester credit hours may be transferred from a two-year/junior or community college.  The number is unlimited from a four-year college or university.  All institutions must be regionally accredited.
    • Only courses with a grade of "C-" or better will be accepted for transfer from a regionally accredited two- and four-year college or university.  All grades from a University of Nebraska campus will be included.
    • All credit hours transferable are converted to semester credit hours.
    • Grades earned at another institution do not become a part of the student's UNO cumulative grade point average, unless earned at another University of Nebraska campus:
      • University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL)
      • University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK)
      • University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)


For more information contact a program representative, listed under the Admissions tab. 

BGS General Requirements    
English composition and writing   9 credit hours 
Intermediate Algebra or equivalent   3 credit hours
Public speaking   3 credit hours
Natural & physical sciences (7 hours from two disciplines, one course with a lab   7 credit hours
Humanities & fine arts   9 credit hours 
Social & behavioral sciences 9 credit hours
Area of Concentration

Nonprofit Administration option choices: PA 2170, 3500, 3000, 3200, 3600, 3700, 4100, 4500 and 4530; electives include PA 2000, 4200, 4300, 4560, 4590 and 4950 (internship); UBNS 1010 and SPCH 299.

30 credit hours
Secondary field 1

In each secondary field, all 12 credits must be from the same discipline. Courses from your area of concentration may not be used as a secondary field. A secondary field can lead to a minor.

12 credit hours
Secondary field 2

In each secondary field, all 12 credits must be from the same discipline. Courses from your area of concentration may not be used as a secondary field. A secondary field can lead to a minor.

12 credit hours
Cultural diversity

Cultural diversity requirements include 3 credit hours U.S. diversity and 3 credit hours global diversity.

6 credit hours
Electives 25 credit hours

Please note: Plan to take PA 2170 and PA 3500 as early as possible in your studies since these courses are prerequisites for many of the other PA courses.  Also note that few online PA courses are offered during the Summer term, so expect to complete most major courses during Fall and Spring semesters.

View a list of courses that fulfill the general requirements

Course Name
Course #
Core Courses

Introduction to Public Administration

PA 2170

A study of governmental administration and its involvement in the social and economic problems of American democracy. It includes but is not limited to the organizational, financial, personnel and planning problems and administrative relations with legislatures, political parties, chief executives and the courts.

Applied Statistics and Data Management in the...

PA 3000

Applied Statistics and Data Management in the Public Sector

A course in the basic statistics of public sector research and public administration decision-making. The emphasis is on exploration of data processing techniques as they relate to statistical analysis and on understanding the proper application of statistics. Prereq: Math1310

Program Planning and Evaluation

PA 3200

Research, program design, and evaluation are critical functions in the non-profit sector. Leaders and managers of non-profit organizations are continually challenged to monitor community needs, select and develop services and programs that respond to those needs, and to evaluate and modify the services they provide. This recurrent process is the foundation of quality non-profit programs. This course prepares students to undertake the research, program design and evaluation process employed in non-profit organizations. Prereq: PA 3000 Applied Statistics and Data Processing. Not open to nondegree students.

Non Profit Organizations & Management

PA 3500

Introduces students to the nonprofit sector, including several aspects of nonprofit management. Intended for any student who wishes to understand nonprofit organziations and/or who may wish to work in the nonprofit sector. Required for all American Humanics students. Service learning in a nonprofit agency is an important aspect of the class. Prereq: Junior or permission of instructor.

Personnel and Volunteer Management for Nonprofits

PA 3600

This is a required course for students in the Bachelor of General Studies Nonprofit Administration concentration. It examines the managerial practices and problems in recruiting, hiring and other staffing issues within nonprofit organizations. It also addresses issues of personnel leadership, accountability, and performance associated with working with volunteers. Prereq: PA 2170 Introduction to Public Administration and PA 3500 Nonprofit Organizations and Management. Or permission from the school. Not open to nondegree students.

Financial Management for Nonprofits

PA 3700

This course will prepare students to oversee the financial management of nonprofit organizations by focusing on four areas: key financial concepts, financial statements presentation, accounting and reporting, and operational issues ? emphasizing the links between accounting staff, program staff, fundraising staff and board of directors. Prereq: PA 2170 Introduction to Public Administration, PA 3000 Applied Statistics and Data Processing in the Public Sector, PA 3500 Non Profit Organizations and Management. Not open to nondegree students.

Marketing in Public, Nonprofit Organizations and...

PA 4100

Marketing in Public, Nonprofit Organizations and Aviation Organizations

This course will focus on developing a working knowledge of marketing and its component parts as they may be applied to non-profit organizations. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the marketing process and applying marketing principles to real organizational settings. Prereq: For graduate level: Graduate and permission of instructor, and PA 8010, 8090; or permission of department. (Cross-listed with PA-8106.)

Nonprofit Fundraising

PA 4500

Introduces students to issues and techniques for resource development within nonprofit organizations, including fundraising, program planning and budgeting, and marketing. Intended for students who wish to understand resource development within nonprofit organizations. Required for all American Humanics students. Service learning with a nonprofit agency is an important aspect of the class. Prereq: PA 2170 Introduction to Public Administration and PA 3500 or permission of instructor.

Strategic Planning

PA 4530

The ability to lead and manage a strategic planning process is a required competency for individuals working in public-sector related fields. Civic leaders, public administers and nonprofit managers must diagnose and respond to the dynamic and interconnected environment in which they work. This course prepares students to conduct the forms of analysis that strategic planning requires.

Elective Courses

Leadership and Administration

PA 2000

This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to increase their leadership skills by providing them with a series of competency-based seminars/workshops on the characteristics and tasks in which leaders are engaged.

Community Organizing and Social Change

PA 4200

This course will focus on various theories and applications of organizing communities and neighborhoods to effect change. Of particular interest is the role of engaging citizens in improving their communities. (Cross-listed with PA-8206.)

Seminar in Public Policy

PA 4300

A study of the economic, social and political determinants of public policy in terms of administration and decision-making and of measuring and evaluating policy impact. The course includes both study of general policy processes, and, to a lesser extent, particular policy topics. Prereq: PA 2170.

Intergovernmental Management

PA 4560

This course is for students wanting to improve their knowledge and understanding of intergovernmental relations as they impact policy and administration in the United States. (Cross-listed with PA-8566.)

Techniques and Topics in Nonprofit Management

PA 4590

A variable content course emphasizing non profit management techniques and topics. Topics include non profit leadership, board executive staff roles and relationships, personnel and volunteer management, financial management, proposal and grant writing community resources, special events planning and administration, needs assessments and legal ethical aspects. Prereq: Permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with PA-8596.)


PA 4950

A course designed to link theoretical concepts learned in the classroom to the practical application of ?real world? situations and to familiarize students with attitudes, operations and programs of governmental units. Prereq: Major in public administration, senior, and permission of the school.

Introduction to Urban Studies

UBNS 1010

Introduction to history, concepts, development and literature of urbanism. An interdisciplinary examination of issues confronting contemporary urban society and how various academic disciplines relate to those issues. (Cross-listed with PA-1010.)

Organizational Communication

SPCH 299

Studies in business and professional communication, conference and group process, leadership, motivation, and business presentations.

University of Nebraska online programs have the same quality instructional faculty as on campus; individuals from a variety of backgrounds, who embody the combined qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Courses are taught by faculty in the School of Public Administration.

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must:

  • Be at least 21 years old or active duty military personnel
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED


Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to the University of Nebraska at Omaha. (In Section C, for College/Program, choose "Division of Continuing Studies in CPACS (must be 21 years old)"; for Major, choose Nonprofit Administration - Online)

You may also be required to complete an online scholarship application in order to be considered for any UNO scholarships.


Application Deadlines


 Fall Semester August 1 
 Spring Semester  December 1
 Summer Sessions  June 1

All web applications must be submitted by midnight of the appropriate date and all paper applications must be postmarked no later than the respective deadline for students to be considered for admission.

Applications not received by the appropriate deadline will be returned to the student and fees paid will be refunded. Students will need to submit a new application for a future term. Please contact Undergraduate Admissions at 402.554.2393 with any questions.


Online Worldwide Educational Representative
Phone: 888.622.0332

Division of Continuing Studies Office
Phone: 402.554.2370

Office of Military and Veteran Services
Phone: 402.554.2349


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