COLUMBUS, Miss.-- Starting in Fall 2020, The W will offer a new concentration -- Nonprofit Management. The program will prepare students who have an interest in service to the community for a career in nonprofit management.

Dr. Dee A. Larson, chair of the Mississippi University for Women’s Department of Business, said, “There is an increasing need for qualified professionals to effectively manage the business and financial affairs of nonprofit organizations.”

Larson sees The W’s decision to add a business administration major with a concentration in nonprofit management as a chance for students to open numerous areas of exploration with limitless possibilities.

“Nonprofit management is remarkable for its similarities to and its differences from traditional business management,” Larson said. “Not only do nonprofit managers face the same management, personnel, marketing and financial issues as any for-profit organization, they are also faced with unique characteristics such as fundraising, board governance, management of volunteers, and program assessment.”

The nonprofit management program will meet a need in the market and will attract students from across the country that are interested in working in the nonprofit sector because the Junior and Senior years of this concentration may be completed entirely online. Larson said. “Students can get their first two years at a community college and we guarantee they will be able to get the rest of their courses online at The W.”

Larson feels the online component of the nonprofit management program will be one of the keys to its success.

“It opens the target market exponentially,” Larson said.

Dr. Scott Tollison, The W’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, said, “The concentration in nonprofit management will teach students how to optimize the operations of nonprofit organizations so that they may make the most efficient use of their often scarce resources.

The W hopes to position itself as a nonprofit hub because it also will add a new program in nonprofit advocacy offered through the College of Arts, Sciences & Education.

“I believe the new programs being created at The W demonstrate the innovative spirit of our faculty,” Tollison said. “They are always exploring ways to merge their discipline knowledge and the demands of the labor market into academic pathways that serve our world and fulfill the mission of the institution.”


June 23, 2020
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