FAQs 

Am I required to take the GRE to get accepted into the MNM program?

Currently we are not requiring the GRE even if the minimum GPA threshold is not met for the MNM degree program. 

What are the admissions requirements for the MNM degree program?

  • Bachelors degree (does not have to be related to nonprofit management)
  • GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of your undergraduate degree
  • Two letters of recommendation,
  • A personal essay
  • Current resume

Normally, if your GPA is below a 3.0, we require a GRE score taken within the last five years; however, we are currently WAIVING THE GRE requirement in those circumstances.  Your application is considered on the totality of documents you submit, sans GRE test scores.

Is the MNM program exclusively online?

Our MNM program courses are hybrid, which means that there may be a “live session” component in some of our courses.  Pre-pandemic, this would require that students come to campus on a particular evening periodically during the semester to meet in-person with the professor and student colleagues.

What this hybrid model looks like today is perhaps a Zoom session (on a particular evening for your scheduled class), but asynchronous interactions during other weeks of the semester.

How long will it take me to complete my degree?

We allow students to schedule their own classes, so they choose whether to attend full- or part-time. 

            MNM, 33 credit hours:

Typically, a part-time student taking two courses per semester in Fall, Spring and Summer can complete their MNM degree in one and one-half years (5 semesters).

A full-time student taking three courses per semester can complete their MNM degree in just over one year (4 semesters).

Are there specializations offered?

The MNM program requires electives, which are great opportunities for students to take courses tailored to their interests.  We do not restrict students’ electives (as long as they are at the 5000- or 6000-level), so students can customize their degree program.

What is the cost?

Please visit FAU’s webpage for the current tuition breakdown:  https://www.fau.edu/finaid/other/cost-of-attendance/

What financial aid is available to students?

The School of Public Administration has very competitive Assistantships available.  Once admitted, students can be considered for this part-time appointment.

Please visit FAU’s webpage – there are numerous resources to assist students financially plan for their education:  https://www.fau.edu/finaid/

What are the requirements of an internship?

For students in the MNM program, internships are required if the student does not have relative experience in that field (nonprofit experience for the MNM program).

Taken as an elective, the internship requires the student to work 15 to 20 hours per week throughout the semester, applying what they learned in the program to routine agency operations or to special projects.  

What kind of job will the program prepare me for?

MNM alumni are leading nonprofit organizations that vary from philanthropic organizations to behavioral health and social service providers.  Some of our graduates also run their own nonprofits.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the annual salary of a person in a management or professional occupation within the nonprofit sector averages $71,011.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, other career prospects in the nonprofit sector include:

  • Social and Community Service Managers
    • Employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increases in the elderly population and increases in demand for substance abuse treatment and mental health and health-related services.  
    • Average annual salary (2019) $67,150.
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
    • Employment of public relations and fundraising managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of public relations managers will be driven by the need for organizations to maintain their public image, especially with the growth of social media. The need to raise funds for nonprofit organizations will require more fundraising managers.  
    • Average annual salary (2019) $116,180.

What undergraduate degrees are commonly held by MNM students?

Our graduate students hold undergraduate degrees in political science, social work, criminal justice, economics, business administration, marketing, psychology, and many others. We do not require or prefer any particular undergraduate degree, since we value the variety of knowledge and experience of our diverse student population.

What do students need to do to graduate?

Students must complete the 33 credit hour course work, earning no grade below a C.  A GPA of 3.0 or higher required to complete the MNM degree. 

When will I receive an admission decision?

A faculty committee reviews applications, and applicants are notified usually within two weeks of the deadline.

Application requirements for International Applicants?

Please visit the Graduate College’s International Student website for more specific information:  https://www.fau.edu/graduate/applyonline/international.php

Where transcripts should be sent to?

Official transcripts from the Registrar of each college or university you have attended are to be sent to the Graduate College:

Florida Atlantic University, Graduate College, SU-80, Room 101

777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL 33431

Is there an application fee?

There is a non-refundable $30 application fee due at the time the online application is started.