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Nonprofit Administration, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The online Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS) with an area of concentration in Nonprofit Administration will provide students with skills in the key components needed to help fulfill the mission of nonprofit organizations including:

  • management  
  • finances  
  • information  
  • service delivery 
  • fundraising  
  • marketing  
  • program evaluation  

Students of this program pursue a rounded liberal arts education, highly valued in todays workplace for developing critical thinking and decision making skills. In addition to these skills, students also develop:

  • knowledge of the key components needed to successfully operate nonprofit organizations 
  • a wide range of professional skills including managing staff and volunteers, finances and information 
  • abilities in areas such as service delivery, fundraising, marketing and program information  

American Humanics Certification is available. Requirements may be met through coursework in your core requirement. Request information or call to speak to an adviser. 

Job Outlook: The field of nonprofit administration is vast and fast growing, ranging from grant writing, human resource management, accounting or public relations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for social and community service managers will grow much faster than average, with new jobs increasing by 16 percent through 2026.*

Students of this program will be prepared to pursue an advanced degree, if desired and a career in these fields:

  • nonprofit organizations  
  • public interest groups  
  • community organizations 
  • professional associations  
  • foundations 

More about the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree (BMS): Nationally ranked as one of the top bachelors programs in the United States from U.S. News and World Report, the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS) is a flexible, individualized degree program. In determining these rankings, U.S. News assesses programs on four general categories: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation.

The adaptable nature of the program provides students with the opportunity to design a personalized degree tailored to meet individual career goals, satisfy personal aspirations or prepare for graduate studies. This online 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.

This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Taken the SAT or ACT

  2. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. Be at least 21 years old or active duty military personnel

  5. Have earned a high school diploma or GED

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

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

Students must complete at least 30 credit hours in their area of concentration. In addition, students must also complete two secondary fields, each consisting of 12 credit hours from the same subject.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PA 2170Introduction to Public Administration3

Course Number: 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.

PA 3000Applied Statistics and Data Management in the Public Sector3

Course Number: PA 3000

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

PA 3200Program Planning and Evaluation3

Course Number: 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.

PA 3500Nonprofit Organizations & Management3

Course Number: 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.

PA 3600Personnel and Volunteer Management for Nonprofits3

Course Number: 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.

PA 3700Financial Management for Nonprofits3

Course Number: 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.

PA 4100Marketing in Public, Nonprofit Organizations and Aviation Organizations3

Course Number: PA 4100

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.)

PA 4500Nonprofit Fundraising3

Course Number: 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.

PA 4530Strategic Planning3

Course Number: 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

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PA 2000Leadership and Administration3

Course Number: 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.

PA 4200Community Organizing and Social Change3

Course Number: 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.)

PA 4300Seminar in Public Policy3

Course Number: 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.

PA 4560Intergovernmental Management3

Course Number: 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.)

PA 4590Techniques and Topics in Nonprofit Management3

Course Number: 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 4950Internship3

Course Number: 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.

SPCH 299Organizational Communication3

Course Number: SPCH 299

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

UBNS 1010Introduction to Urban Studies3

Course Number: 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.)

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $285.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $337.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $855.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1011.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $520.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $572.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1560.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1716.75

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