Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Interdisciplinary Programs, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management - Online Degree Completion Program

This academic online degree completion program is designed for experienced college students, who have completed some coursework and proven their ability to succeed at the college level.  Specifically, this program provides a strong foundation for those who plan to work in the nonprofit sector and need to develop expertise in how to develop and manage programs, measure organizational effectiveness, generate funds through grants and special events, prepare budgets and maintain financial records, develop marketing tools and public relations materials, recruit and supervise volunteers, advocate for the needs of clients, and conduct human resources functions like hiring and evaluating staff.

Admission requirements for this program are as follows:

  • To be considered for admission to this program, applicants must hold an associate degree from an SRU-recognized accredited program, which must include the equivalent of the following SRU courses:
    • English Writing Proficiency: Students must transfer the equivalency of SRU’s ENGL 102,
    • Math Proficiency: Students must transfer the equivalency of SRU’s ESAP 110,
    • Computer Competency: Applicants must transfer the equivalency of SRU’s CPSC 110,
  • GPA Requirement: Applicants must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing at most recent institution attended.

Applicants, who do not hold a recognized associate degree but have earned 60 or more college credits including sufficient Rock Studies 2 coursework (27-30 credits,) may be considered for the program. Recognition of the program and eligibility for program admission is determined by the Transfer Admissions office.

Related Links

Online Degree Completion Undergraduate Programs Page

Interdisciplinary Program Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements42

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

Online program students must complete a sum total of 42 SRU Rock Studies 2-based credits; there are no specific requirements

Complete 45 SRU Rock Studies 2-based credits45
Total Hours45

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements

  • 21 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 21 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above (Adviser approved courses)
Core Courses
Oral and Written Communication
NLPA 220Introduction to Nonprofit Management 13
ENGL 365Writing for the World Wide Web 13
Interpersonal Skills and Civic Responsibility
NLPA 120Civic Engagement and Community Decision-Making 13
NLPA 320Community Change and Development 13
Analytical, Quantitative & Critical Thinking Skills
NLPA 305Financial Best Practices for Decision Makers 13
NLPA 325Social and Ethical Issues in Philanthropy and Fundraising 13
Emphasis Area
Select 24 credits from the following:24
Internship 1
Emphasis course by Advisement
Emphasis course by Advisement
Emphasis course by Advisement
Emphasis course by Advisement
Emphasis course by Advisement
Emphasis course by Advisement
Emphasis course by Advisement
Experiential Learning Activities
Complete 40 hours of experiential learning activities, which are approved by the Academic Adviser. Please consult with your Adviser for details of the options available.
Total Hours42

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet all Graduation Requirements as delineated in the University catalog, including the following requirement that should be considered as students are transferring credits and choosing SRU coursework.

  • Students must complete 48 credits of upper-level coursework. Thirty-nine of the 48 credits must be at the 300 level or higher; the additional 9 credits may include courses requiring a 3 credit prerequisite. At least 24 of the 48 credits must be completed at SRU.

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty creative projects
  4. Internships
  5. Experiential Learning (Practice experience outside the classroom)

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Concentration in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management (PNPM)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revised 10.15.20
UCC 10.15.19