Management Specialization


The specialization in Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations gives you the breadth and depth of skills you'll need to lead and manage organizations around the world.

The links between today's public, nonprofit, and private sectors are intricate and fluid. To be an effective manager or leader in one sector, you'll have to appreciate the demands, constraints, and opportunities of other sectors.

After completing a core management course, you'll take courses in three areas of expertise: Strategy & Organizations, Human Resources & Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Performance Management.


CORE-GP.1011, Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management
CORE-GP.1018, Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis
CORE-GP.1020, Managing Public Service Organizations (MPSO)
CORE-GP.1021, Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations
CORE-GP.1022, Introduction to Public Policy


Students complete the following courses:

PADM-GP.2110, Strategic Management
PADM-GP.2135, Talent Development - Understanding Human Resources
PADM-GP.2170, Performance Measurement and Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Care Organizations

Students must also complete 6 credits from the following areas of expertise:


Strategy & Organizations

You will learn to design organizations, systems, and strategies that anticipate and respond effectively to dynamic and complex environments. Through these courses, you'll develop an understanding of the multiple stakeholders for which organizations are responsible and the collaborative and competitive dynamics in fields and sectors. It helps you understand the "big picture" as you build organizations for long-term prosperity. The required course in this area is PADM-GP 2110, Strategic Management.

PADM-GP.1801, Communication Skills for Public Service
PADM-GP.2106, Community Organizing
PADM-GP.2107, Nonprofit Law
PADM-GP.2119, Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
PADM-GP.2125, Foundations of Nonprofit Management
PADM-GP.2127, Corporate Social Responsibility: Social Finance Partnerships and Models
PADM-GP.2132, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Design
PADM-GP.2145, Design Thinking: A Creative Approach to Problem Solving and Creating Impact
PADM-GP.2174, The Intersection of Operations and Policy
HPAM-GP.2244, Global Health Governance and Management
PADM-GP.2310, Understanding Social Enterprise
PADM-GP.2311, Social Impact Investment
PADM-GP.2413, Strategic Philanthropy
PADM-GP.2430, Multi-Sector Partnerships: A Comparative Perspective
URPL-GP.2629, Urban Innovation: New Ideas in Policy Management & Planning
PADM-GP.4109, Leveraging Nonprofit Leadership for Organizational Success
PADM-GP.4131, Fundamentals of Fundraising
PADM-GP.4133, Online Engagement: Making Your Nonprofit Matter in the Digital Space
PADM-GP.4135, Nonprofit Governance
PADM-GP.4137, Strategic Communication
PADM-GP.4142, Tools for Managing Nonprofits: Compliance, Internal Controls and Ethics
PADM-GP.4311, Lean Approaches to Social Innovation
PADM-GP.4340, Digital Innovation Lab
PADM-GP.4414, Corporate Philanthropy and Engagement
HPAM-GP.4837, Organizing for Success in a Value-Based Payment World

Human Resources & Organizational Behavior

This area of expertise develops your skills in a variety of interpersonal, organizational, and leadership processes. This includes: supervising and motivating employees to do their best work, working in groups and teams, influencing up and down hierarchies and across social networks, negotiating and managing conflict with others, learning from cultural diversity, and reflecting on and changing your own practice. You will learn to manage yourself and others in organizational contexts. The required course in this area is PADM-GP 2135, Developing Human Resources.

PADM-GP.1901, Reflective Practice: Learning from Work
PADM-GP.2112, Women and Men in the Workplace
PADM-GP.2116, Developing Management Skills
PADM-GP.2129, Race, Identity and Inclusion in Organizations
PADM-GP.2131, Organizational and Managerial Development
PADM-GP.2186, Leadership and Social Transformation
PADM-GP.4101, Conflict Management and Negotiation
PADM-GP.4105, Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Conflict Management in Multicultural Teams
PADM-GP.4108, Advanced Negotiation and Mediation Skills for Managers
PADM-GP.4112, Building Effective Teams
PADM-GP.4120, Labor Management Cooperation
PADM-GP.4126, Leading Values-Based Culture in Nonprofit Organizations
PADM-GP.4129, Race, Identity and Inclusion in Organizations
PADM-GP.4151, Gender, Politics, and Leadership
HPAM-GP.4835, Principles of Human Resources Management for Health Care Organizations

Organizational Performance Management

You will learn to plan and manage the day-to-day work of organizations by building appropriate infrastructures and systems to ensure their success. You'll gain the skills to manage operations, measure performance, analyze data, and report outcomes for all stages in the production process—from inputs (e.g., financial and human resources), to operational activities (e.g., project planning, budgeting and service delivery), to short-term outputs, to long-term outcomes. The required course in this area is PADM-GP 2170, Performance Measurement & Management.

PADM-GP.2142, Financial Management for Global Nonprofit Organizations
PADM-GP.2143, Government Budgeting
PADM-GP.2171, Program Analysis and Evaluation
PADM-GP.2173, Operations Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Contexts
PADM-GP.2211, Program Development and Management for International Organizations
PADM-GP.2312, Managing Financial and Social Returns of the Social Enterprise
URPL-GP.2666, Water Sourcing and Climate Change
HPAM-GP.2825, Continuous Quality Improvement
PADM-GP.2902, Multiple Regression and Introduction to Econometrics
PADM-GP.4110, Project Management
PADM-GP.4111, Managing Service Delivery
PADM-GP.4113, Evidence-Based Management
PADM-GP.4121, Governmental Financial Condition Analysis
PADM-GP.4128, Financial Statement Analysis for Healthcare and Not-for-Profit Organizations
PADM-GP.4130, Fundamentals of Accounting
PADM-GP.4132, Governance of Public/Private Finance: Policy, Law & Business
PADM-GP.4147, Large Scale Data Analysis I
PADM-GP.4148, Large Scale Data Analysis II
PADM-GP.4150, Data-Driven Performance
PADM-GP.4217, NGO Accountability
PADM-GP.4467, Managing for Environmental Sustainability
HPAM-GP.4852, Ethical Issues in Healthcare Management


Choose electives from a wide array of Wagner courses.