Nonprofit Administration

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Follow Your Nonprofit Calling  

DWU offers the only nonprofit administration major in the region. Our program is tailored to the hiring interests of current nonprofit organizations. Learn how to manage employees, volunteers, events and budgets through hands-on experiences.


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The Musick Family Department of Business at Dakota Wesleyan University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. For a listing of accredited programs, visit

What can you do with a nonprofit administration degree?

Arts and culture, education, faith-based organizations, healthcare and government all use nonprofit administrative expertise. Career opportunities include:

  • Director of development
  • Lobbyist
  • Program director
  • Outreach coordinator
  • Program analyst
  • Director of a church or a parachurch ministry

Nonprofit Administration Courses 

What courses will you take when completing your degree? 

  • Financial Management for Organizational Leaders
  • Nonprofit Development and Management
  • Resource Development and Stewardship

Find more of the classes you will take in our academic catalog.

An associate degree in human services from Mitchell Technical Institute may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, nonprofit administration and psychology, allowing completion of this bachelor’s degree in two years. 

Experiential Learning

Intern with local or global nonprofit organizations like Lutheran Social Service's Center for New Americans, the Global Childhood Nutrition Foundation, Belay Global, or state and local government. Plan special events for regional charities, develop fundraising strategies for local agencies, conduct social value research for global organizations, and present findings at conferences.

Check out the Academic and Career Services Center or email Dr. Alisha Vincent to learn more about your internship opportunities.

McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service

Faculty members in the nonprofit administration major also direct programs of the McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service, so you will have opportunities to participate in local conferences, projects and international service-learning experiences.

Visit our page and learn more about the McGovern Center, the McGovern Hunger Summit and service-learning opportunities.

Get to Know Your Professors

Learn how to follow your calling in nonprofit! Our low student-to-teacher ratio offers valuable one-on-one interaction with professors.

Already working in a nonprofit field? Elevate your career with an online certificate in Nonprofit Administration.

Any Questions?

Contact us anytime! Call admissions at 605-995-2650, or email us at

We would love to share information with you via email, or we will mail it right to your front door.