City scape

Management for the Non-Profit Sector

This course is aimed specifically at people working in the not-for-profit sector (NPOs). This course will enable participants to develop advanced core competencies in Management in the NPO sector, to build on learning and management skills already gained and to further develop the analytical skills and academic knowledge of students. The curriculum offers a richness and variety of learning that will ensure students develop a range of high-level knowledge and skill in research, strategic thinking and reflective learning. Students will further develop an ability to integrate knowledge, manage complexity and formulate judgements thereby establishing the foundation for a successful career.

The MA in Management course focuses on equipping students with the essential skills necessary to make an increased contribution to their NPO. In addition to the academic content of the programme the MA in Management equips its students with the requisite practical skills for a career in the ever changing environment faced by NPOs. The course is structured to develop competitive managerial leaders and decision-makers who can help their NPO meet the challenges facing them. The course will be assessed through work based projects which will allow the students to apply the knowledge learnt in class to their work situations.

Course Schedule
The course will be delivered through eight Fridays per semester – 2 per month. In addition, there will two hours of online delivery every week during the semester. There will be three semester of taught modules. During the fourth semester students will work on a research project with the guidance of a supervisor.

Entry requirements

Entry Route into programme:
•2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5) or equivalent in any Level 8 primary degree + work experience.

Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants should have achieved a second class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5 or above) or equivalent in any level 8 primary degree. Applicants should be working or have a minimum of 1 years work experience in an NPO or equivalent. To determine eligibility, applicants may be required to be interviewed.


2 years (3 taught semesters) and dissertation to be submitted by the end of Semester 2 in second year.

Online Lectures: Wednesday 7pm-9pm
On Campus Lectures: 8 Fridays per semester 9am - 5pm

Number of credits

Credits for Full Award: 90 @ NFQ Level 9

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
The Non-Profit sector employs a substantial number of people in Ireland. This course will enhance students' ability to make an increased contribution to their organisation and is likely to improve career prospects as NPOs try to balance the needs of their clients and the available resources.

Further enquiries

For details about the programme structure and delivery please email Dr. Francis McGeough

Note: This course is offered jointly with the Institute of Technology Tallaght. Students will spend time in both campuses.

For further details please contact our marketing team on 01 885 1530 or e-mail:

Subjects taught

Semester 1
•Policy, Politics and NPOs
•Leadership and Change Management

Semester 2
•Strategic Management
•Financial and Performance Management

Semester 3
•Social Marketing
•Human Resource Management

Semester 4

An award with the title 'Postgraduate Diploma in Management' may be granted if learners leave this programme after successfully completing the taught modules in semesters 1 , 2 and 3 and attain 60 ECTS credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00.


Award title: Master of Arts
Awarding Body: Technological University Dublin

Lecturing team
The lecturing team delivering this course have a strong blend of practical and teaching experience. The lecturers are:

Sheila Coyle
Dr. Blath McGeough
Dr. Francis McGeough
Dr. Donal Rogan
Garreth Smith

Application date

Closing Dates
The closing date for applications for the following courses is Friday 7th June 2019.
•BN528 Master of Science in Computing (Applied Cyber Security)
•BN529 Master of Science in Computing (Applied Data Science & Analytics)

The closing date for applications for all other courses is Thursday 5th September 2019.

Courses may fill prior to this date, so we recommend you apply early.

Course fee

Fee: €3,000 per year.

An application fee of €50 must be paid at the time of online application. This fee is non-refundable.

If you are made an offer on an undergraduate or postgraduate course you will be required to pay an acceptance fee to secure your place, this fee will be offset against the course fee and is non-refundable.

• Undergraduate acceptance fee €100
• Postgraduate acceptance fee €300

Please note 25% of the course fee will be due at time of registration, full details on payment deadlines can be found at:

Enrolment and start dates

Applications for the 2019/20 academic year are now being accepted.

Our marketing team will be happy to give you information and advice in relation to all courses. Call us on 01 885 1530 or email:

Our next Open Evening will take place on Wednesday September 4th from 5pm to 7pm.

How to Apply
1. Check course details and minimum entry requirements for your course before making your application at

2. Apply online: Please see Application Weblink below.

3. An application fee of €50 must be paid at the time of online application. This fee is non-refundable.

4. Following receipt of your application you will receive an email from the course administrator within 5 working days requesting evidence that you meet the minimum entry requirements, where applicable.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!