Online Bachelor’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership

The number one reason that nonprofits fail: not having a qualified leader. The Nonprofit Leadership program will teach you the skills needed to be a successful leader in the nonprofit sector – allowing you to give back to society while advancing your own career.

Leadership for the benefit of society.

  • Become a leader in a growth industry. Now representing 8% of total U.S. employment, nonprofits have surpassed the growth rates of both business and government sectors. Our bachelor's degree in Nonprofit Leadership prepares highly trained and qualified leaders who will be in demand – not only in the rapidly expanding nonprofit sector, but within any organization.

  • Fully online. This program allows you to earn your bachelor’s degree 100% online. While there are no face-to-face or on-campus requirements, you will still have the opportunity to engage with your professors and peers in real-time sessions scheduled throughout each course.

  • Learn from nonprofit leaders inside and outside the classroom. Concordia University has well-established relationships with local and national nonprofit organizations, and your professors will be experienced subject matter experts in the nonprofit sector.

  • Committed to our Christian identity. As a Lutheran university, an essential part of Concordia’s mission is to empower students for lives of learning, service, and leadership – not only to the church, but to society at large.

  • Affordable investment in your future. Financial aid is available, and the program qualifies for most employer-funded tuition reimbursement programs.
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Online community of learners.

Most degree programs require a local site or campus through which you earn your degree, but that is not the case with online bachelor's degrees offered through Concordia University Irvine. With our flexible online delivery format, you can live and work anywhere and take all of your courses to earn your bachelor’s degree online.

The design of our online curriculum makes use of some of the most innovative techniques in distance learning today. But we also recognize that students in online programs benefit from periodic real-time sessions. That’s why each of your courses will include regularly scheduled class times with your professors and peers. In these two-hour online sessions, which are scheduled once during the first, third, and fifth weeks of each course, you and your classmates will participate in live lectures and discussions. This blended delivery system provides the opportunity to engage with our excellent faculty and network with other students in your cohort, while still offering the flexibility of a fully online degree program.

Facts & figures: the nonprofit sector.

Don't wait to get started.

Courses in the online bachelor's degree program are seven weeks long and taken sequentially one at a time. The accelerated format of the program means that new courses are starting almost every month, so you don't have to lose any time waiting to get started on continuing your education.

Upcoming Start Dates
May 6, 2018
August 19, 2018
January 6, 2019

Applications-based curriculum.

As a part of completing 120 total units and earning your bachelor's degree, you will take the following 42 units listed below. Elective courses in other CUI adult education program majors are options for acquiring your total required units to graduate. Feel free to contact an admissions specialist regarding transfer units or to develop a personal academic plan for your coursework.

  • Nonprofit Leadership Curriculum
  • 42 Units
  • NPL 305: Christianity & Contemporary Culture
  • 3
This course will assist students in evaluating sources of information for culture and theology, enabling them to better answer questions concerning life issues (e.g., sexuality, marriage, family, creation, evil, death, life after life) in the Christian context as they examine their own beliefs and compare these to that which Scripture teaches.
  • NPL 311: Writing in the Workplace
  • 3
This course will explore the basics of good writing including the proper application of grammar, APA style rules, and the use of technology to access and share information.
  • NPL 327: Organizational Behavior
  • 3
This course will discuss individual behavior issues such as personality, leadership, perceptions, attitudes, motivation, diversity, stress, and broader issues such as teamwork, group cohesiveness, career management, and change management with attention given to understanding organizational behavior in “faith-based” organizations.
  • NPL 345: Social Psychology
  • 3
This course will examine interpersonal behavior as it is influenced by social process, culture, face-to-face interactions, and personality characteristics including interpersonal and group behavior in relationships to social values, diversity issues, norms, attitudes, roles, and social needs with the goal of integrating intellectual ideas, personal experience, and Christian values.
  • NPL 355: Organizational Leadership
  • 3
This course will serve as an introduction to the historical concepts, principles, and theories of leadership with an emphasis on self-assessment, contemporary views and issues, basic skills and competencies including the development if a leadership perspective.
  • NPL 370: Leading & Motivating Volunteers
  • 3
This course will explore issues relevant to volunteer management as students learn about maximizing resources in effective managerial-leadership as the volunteers carrying out the mission of the organization. The course will also include the development of a perspective about volunteerism as well as strategies for recruiting, retaining, and rewarding volunteers.
  • NPL 375: Conflict Resolution
  • 3
This course will focus on the approaches that a leader can use to resolve conflict through the study of constructive and destructive conflict, conflict resolution styles, family systems theory, and various approaches to conflict resolution with attention given to conflict in values- and faith-based organizations.
  • NPL 450: Legal Aspects of Managing a Non-profit
  • 3
This course will examine the implications associated with law for nonprofits and their leadership as students become familiar with legal issues and the fiduciary responsibilities of non-profit leaders and boards including learning how to file for tax-exempt status and reporting contributions.
  • NPL 460: Fundraising & Resource Development
  • 3
This course will examine ways to raise funds from government, foundation, corporate, and individual sources; how to identify, cultivate, and solicit prospective donors; and explore budget preparation, proposal submission, and reviewer practices.
  • NPL 465: Financial Management of a Nonprofit
  • 3
This course will concentrate on applying accounting principles to financial reporting and monitoring functions with a focus on budget development, day-to-day fiscal management, financial controls, and the regulatory reporting requirements of non-governmental, nonprofit organizations.
  • NPL 483: Business Ethics
  • 3
This course will explore ethical evaluation involving ideals, laws, and relationships utilized by the business and nonprofit community including the issues of bribery, employer/employee rights, assumption analysis, philosophy, culture of the organization, and issues of liability with attention given to ethics from a “faith-based” perspective.
  • NPL 490: Organization Development & Change
  • 3
Theories of change and organizational development within the context of the role of the non-profit leader as change-agent will be examined in this course including types of change; individual, group, and organizational interventions; integrating psychological theories of leadership, motivation, interpersonal influence, conflict management; and group decision-making.
  • NPL 491: Professional Development Seminar 1
  • 3
This course will provide practical, hands-on workshop experience that will equip students to pragmatically apply assessment and intervention strategies in a real-world work environment with a focus on problem identification, literature review, research design, intervention, and evaluation.
  • NPL 492: Professional Development Seminar 2
  • 3
This course will provide practical, hands-on workshop experience that equips students to pragmatically apply assessment and intervention strategies in a real-world work environment with a focus on presenting findings from design work in NPL 491 with support from the NPL curriculum (problem identification, literature review, and research design) including a poster presentation.

Dr. Chip Espinoza
Academic Director, Author of Millennials@Work

Learn from nonprofit leaders.

Faculty who teach in this program are respected subject matter experts in the nonprofit sector. In addition to their experience, you can benefit from the many partnerships Concordia University has developed with local and national nonprofit organizations, including:

  • Special Olympics
  • YMCA
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Jessie Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership
  • Anaheim Chamber of Commerce
  • Irvine Chamber of Commerce
  • Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce
  • Mika Community Development
  • Urban Strategies
  • Long Beach Nonprofit Program
  • Southern California Alcohol and Drug Recovery Foundation
  • Mission Hospital Foundation
  • Hispanic 100 Foundation
  • VotoLatino
  • Opportunity Schools
  • Christian Community Development Association
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Tuition and fees.

When you maintain continuous enrollment the tuition will remain the same throughout the program. Tuition does not include the price of textbooks.

Tuition/Fee Cost
Application Fee $50
Graduation Fee $184
Tuition $520/unit

Apply now.

  1. Online Application or download the Paper Application.
  2. Official transcripts sent from all colleges and universities attended.
  3. Statement of Intent.
  4. AA degree preferred or Official high school transcript(s) (proof of graduation).
  5. 2.4 GPA required

Admissions Eligibility

  • Option 1: Associate Degree, IGETC, or CSU certification
  • Option 2: You have 45 transferable credits or more and are able to take general education classes concurrently with your major.
  • Option 3: If you have 0-44 units, you are eligible for candidate status and can begin taking GE courses. Once 45 credits total are obtained, you can begin taking courses concurrently.

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