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Murray State adds master’s degree in nonprofit leadership studies

Nonprofit job opportunities are growing in U.S.

MURRAY, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2015) — Murray State this fall has launched a nonprofit leadership studies master’s degree. The degree provides students with both an in-depth understanding of the role of the nonprofit sector in a democratic society and the practical skills to successfully lead and manage nonprofit organizations. The program integrates academic rigor with a hands-on approach.


The degree prepares students for leadership positions in an ever-expanding sector. More than 1.6 million nonprofit organizations exist in the U.S., which means that there is on average one nonprofit organization for every 175 Americans. The nonprofit sector is one of the major economic forces in the country, employing 10 percent of the American workforce.

“In terms of employment, nonprofit sector grew an estimated 17 percent between 2000 and 2010, outperforming both the public and private sectors,” said Dr. Peter Weber, assistant professor and director of Murray State’s NLS program.

The new degree content includes two new graduate courses in nonprofit leadership studies— NLS 600: The Nonprofit Sector and Civil Society, and NLS625: Nonprofit Organization Development, Management, and Leadership.

NLS courses are open to students majoring in all disciplines. Students pursuing study in other academic areas may find the courses helpful, particularly NLS 600 and 625, as they relate to job opportunities in the nonprofit sector that can align with their own professional goals.

The NLS program is offered through the department of community leadership and human services in the MSU college of education and human services.

For more information or questions about NLS courses and admission to the M.S. in nonprofit leadership studies program, contact Weber at [email protected] or 270.809.3079.