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Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management, M.S.

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MTSU is no longer accepting applications or allowing admissions to this program.  If you have questions, please contact the Management Department at (615) 898-2736.


The Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management concentration, part of the graduate major in Management, offers students business and management skills applicable to not-for-profit work. A person wishing to work in the not-for-profit field is not necessarily someone who is disinterested in making a profit. It may well be that this individual has invested many years in the for-profit rough-and-tumble world and now feels drawn to giving back to the community in a less aggressive, less competitive endeavor. This field also may appeal to the more humanitarian-minded individual who is just starting a career. The not-for-profit’s primary goal is not to increase shareholder value; rather it is to fulfill some socially desirable need. A not-for-profit venture operates successfully because of keen business savvy and excellent management know-how. The emphasis in this enterprise is on stewardship, and all support—financial and otherwise—must be used as directed by the donors, and management must be held accountable for every aspect of the operation.

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Value is high in non-profit work

Value is high in non-profit work

As baby boomers retire, there will be a greater need for replacement workers—and thus, more job opportunities—in nonprofit agencies and organizations. The nonprofit sector is emerging as an economic powerhouse, says Deborah Cuny, director of Especially for Nonprofit Organizations at Virginia Commonwealth University. A study released by the Community Foundation revealed that if the nonprofit sector were to shut down, the entire economy would collapse. While one may not get rich in a nonprofit position, many nonprofits offer more flex and vacation time and permit a more relaxed dress code. ”Nonprofit work can super-size your skill set,” says Jennifer Cunningham at California State Fullerton’s Career Center, since an employee, rather than focusing on just one job function, may play several different roles in the organization. Nonprofit work allows one to network, meet community movers and shakers, and build a resume. Nonprofits employ more women than men, offering greater opportunities for women to excel. 

It’s about making a difference

It’s about making a difference

The New York Daily News ran a story about senior Whitney Plumendahl, an applied sociology major at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. Plumendahl decided even before graduation that she would limit her job search to opportunities in the nonprofit sector. “It’s not that I’m not open to other options, but I’m not a huge fan of corporate culture. For me, it’s not about making money … it’s about making a difference.” The story goes on to explain that this individual certainly isn’t the only college graduate who wants to do good in the world, but the probability of lower pay will  prevent many well-intentioned students from pursuing careers in nonprofits. Yet, nonprofit work can be extremely rewarding.

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If your desire is to enrich the lives of those in need through education and service, then working in a not-for-profit organization can be richly rewarding. Not-for-profit management is no less demanding than upper-level positions in the corporate world. Successful humanitarian and outreach programs require a rock-solid work ethic. Because not-for-profit enterprises depend greatly on a volunteer work force, the need for professional leadership is paramount. Examples of career opportunities include areas such as

  • Child advocacy
  • Communications
  • Corporate management
  • Education
  • Food distribution
  • Health and aging
  • Homeless outreach
  • Housing and economic development
  • Service industries
  • Social justice

Because this program is relatively new, employer information is still being compiled. Following are examples of employers of Management graduates and Career Fair participants:

  • American Cellular
  • Automatic Data Processing
  • CalsonicKansei North America
  • Chick-Fil-A Murfreesboro
  • Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.
  • Enterprise
  • Ettain Group
  • Insight Global, Inc.
  • Internal Data Resources
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Modern Woodmen of America
  • Nissan North America
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • PepsiCo Foodservice
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Target Stores
  • Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA)
  • The Hershey Company
  • Walter Meier Manufacturing

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Management is offered by the Department of Management in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business. This program, with three concentrations, offers students planning, communication, and ethical decision-making skills through experiential learning in which they will find themselves in the trenches of the real-world work environment. Each concentration—Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management, Organizational Leadership (provides students with business and leadership skills that can be applied in a variety of leadership roles in business, government, or education), and Supply Chain Management (provides students with business and operations management skills that can be applied to work in logistics, transportation, and supply chain management careers)—includes a capstone project in which students will partner with an organization in the industry or non-profit sector.


The undergraduate program in the Department of Management offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree with majors in Business Administration, Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Management. Minors are available in Entrepreneurship and Management; the department participates in interdisciplinary minors in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Studies.

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The Department of Management offers a limited number of assistantships each semester that are awarded on a competitive basis. An assistantship covers tuition, most fees, and a monthly stipend in return for 20 hours a week of service. Assistantships can be renewed for up to two years.

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