The MSc in Non-Profit Management is an applied programme, aimed at improving managerial competencies at a senior level in non-profit organisations. The course combines academic theory and research evidence with practitioner-led knowledge and skills.
The programme is underpinned by three pillars, namely: (i) core management knowledge and skills, (ii) knowledge and skills specific to the non-profit sector and (iii) skills of research and analysis.
The core knowledge pillar which extends across the management domain includes: economics, finance, strategy and law. These allow students develop and enhance their management competencies. Specifically graduates will be provided with the skillset to resolve real-life management challenges and personally develop into strong and confident leaders and mentors.
The non-profit pillar ensures that graduates of the programme are provided with a comprehensive understanding of the key specialist knowledge and skills required by senior managers and leaders of non-profit organisations.
The final pillar is that of research. The research element of the course directs students to contemporary challenges and problems in the sector in Ireland or overseas. Overall this course seeks to ensure graduates develop their personal competencies as well as the critical thinking, analytical and management skills necessary for modern non-profit organisations and enterprises. At the core of the programme is the objective to ensure that graduates become effective managers and reflective, thoughtful leaders who collaborate, create and share knowledge in order to deal with the complexities of the non-profit sector.
Who is the course for?
The course is aimed at anyone following a career path which requires them to step into middle to top management positions in the non-profit sector and/or INGOs. Additionally, the course can provide a transition stage for graduates from other disciplines who wish to move into the management arena either as practitioners, researchers or consultants with a specific interest in non-profit management. As the course addresses a wide variety of managerial topics in the non-profit management space, current or aspiring Board Members of non-profit organisations may be attracted to the programme. As there are few non-profit management level 9 qualifications available from universities in Europe, current or aspiring leaders from the sector, in Europe and Africa, may also be attracted to the programme.
Award and Progression
The MSc in Non-Profit Management is awarded by QQI at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This award will allow transfer to level 9 research awards and in some cases progression to doctoral courses at level 10 on the NFQ.