YNPN Chicago Board of Directors Speak!
Recently YNPN Chicago and YNPN National featured articles about Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Armed with this funding information, and perhaps new year’s resolutions to make some big life changes, you may be considering going back to school. This is a complex, and at times overwhelming, decision. (I empathize; I have been contemplating it for a while now too!) Like all big endeavors the first step is the hardest, so here is some basic information about postgraduate educational opportunities for nonprofit professionals in Chicago.
An advantage of living in Chicago is having a wealth of options in all areas of life, and schooling is no different. The array of universities in the city allows for various masters and certificate programs. There are a wide range of degrees for nonprofit advancement (e.g., MPA, MSNM, MPP, MNA, MBA, MNM, LPS). To narrow the scope, I included only programs that concentrate exclusively on nonprofit careers, but I encourage you to look into other degrees and schools. Remember, schools have different options regarding admissions deadlines (e.g., annual, quarterly), requirements (e.g., GRE, writing samples, letters of recommendation), and educational instruction (e.g., full-time, part-time, online) you will want to take into consideration. Deciding to go back to school is a complex choice. I hope that the list below helps you start researching options and find one that works with your life and career goals.
DePaul University, School of Public Service
Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart School of Business
- Master of Public Administration (MPA) – Nonprofit Management specialization
- Nonprofit Management certificate
Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work, Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy Sector
Loyola University Chicago, School of Continuing and Professional Studies
North Park University, School of Business and Nonprofit Management
- Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA)
- Certificates in Church Administration; Fundraising Management; Nonprofit Finance; Nonprofit Governance; Nonprofit Management; Nonprofit Marketing Management
Northwestern University, School of Continuing Studies
- Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations certificate
Roosevelt University, Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration
University of Chicago, Graham School of General Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, Great Cities Institute
Are there any other programs you think your nonprofit colleagues should look into? Do you have any personal experience with the programs above that you’d like to share? If you’ve gone back to school do you have any advice for people determining if this is the right move for them? Post a comment and keep the dialogue going!
Katie Anthony would like to help strengthen Chicago’s nonprofit community by promoting communication between Chicagoland nonprofits, as well as increasing their interaction with local government. She believes collaboration across sectors can be instrumental in supporting communities and strengthening Chicago as a whole. Katie has over six years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, and currently serves as Co-Chair of YNPN Chicago’s Communications Committee. She works in the Education Department of the American College of Surgeonsand previously worked at the University of California, San Francisco. Katie is an active volunteer with other nonprofits including Woman Made Gallery, the Junior League of Chicago, and her alma mater Carleton College.