Latin American and Caribbean Studies A.B./Nonprofit Management and Leadership M.A. (non-thesis)

The joint AB in Latin American and Caribbean Studies/MA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership is designed to train highly motivated students in the language and cultural competency needed for successful careers in the nonprofit sector with a focus on international development and service to the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a communities.

Admission to Program

Students who meet the requirements for admission to the pathway outlined will be considered for admission to the dual degree program during the Fall semester of their third year at UGA. By October 15, students will submit a statement of purpose outlining their reasons for seeking admission to the program, including their future goals. The program coordinator, curriculum coordinator, and advisor will vote to approve or deny the admission of the student to the dual degree pathway.

All Area VI requirements for the LACS major complete or in progress; SPAN 3010, PORT 3010, or FREN 3000+ complete or in progress. Minimum GPA of 2.8.

Curriculum

Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

1) Students accepted to the dual degree pathway will enroll in MNML 7237: Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations. For these students, MNML 7237 will be considered to fulfill one upper division, three-credit course in the area of Environmental Science, Policy, and Historic Preservation. (Nine 3000/4000-level courses are required for the LACS major, with at least two of the following three areas (Social Sciences; Humanities, Arts, and Music; Environmental Science, Policy, and Historic Preservation) and two academic departments represented in the program of study).

2) Students accepted to the dual degree pathway will enroll in three credits of MNML 7055: Internship in Nonprofit Organizations, which shall be considered to substitute for ONE of the following service-learning and internship courses that fulfill one of the nine required interdisciplinary coursework classes in the LACS major:
- LACS 4091S: Practicum in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- LACS 4800: Latin American and Caribbean Studies Internship

Before clearing students accepted to the dual degree pathway to register for MNML 7055, the undergraduate advisor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the instructor of record for MNML 7055 will evaluate the appropriateness of the internship or service-learning project to be undertaken by the student, ensuring that it is both related to Latin America and the Caribbean or US-based Latino/a and/or Caribbean communities and deals substantively with the nonprofit sector.

Should the student participate in internship or service-learning projects conducted under the auspices of LACS 4091S or LACS 4800, the learning plan mutually agreed upon by the instructor of record for MNML 7055 and the student shall include all course requirements outlined in the syllabi for these courses. Receipt of a grade of Satisfactory in MNML 7055 shall in this case be contingent on the satisfactory completion of the course requirements outlined in the relevant syllabus.

3) Students accepted to the dual-degree pathway will enroll in two graduate-level electives from the list below. These courses currently count towards the nine required interdisciplinary coursework classes in the LACS major, and will also be considered to fulfill two of the four electives in the MA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Students are encouraged to take both electives from a single thematic grouping, but this is not required.

US Latino/a Advocacy
LACS 6055: Storytelling and Social Policy
LACS 6660: US Latino/a Mental Health
EDUC 7710: Issues in Latino Education

Sustainability
ALDR(AFST)(LACS) 6710: International Agricultural Development
CRSS(HORT)(ANTH)(ECOL)(GEOG) 6930: Agroecology of Tropical America
PBIO(ECOL) 6750: Tropical Ecology and Conservation

Historic Preservation
HIPR6000: Introduction to Historic Preservation
HIPR6072: Issues in International Heritage Conservation

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

N/A

Admission to Graduate Program

The MA NML program requires the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for admission, as well as a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

• GRE- Tests taken after August 1, 2011. We recommend a total GRE score of at least 300, with more emphasis on the verbal score.
• Tests taken before August 1, 2011. The program recommends a combined GRE score of at least 1000.
• MAT- The program requires a MAT score of at least 410 for admission.
• GMAT- The program requires a total GMAT score of at least 533 for admission.

Students must submit the following to be considered for admission:

Resume/CV - Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae detailing work, educational, professional and volunteer experience.

Goals Statement - Please send a statement/essay of approximately 3 pages in length that outlines your interest in graduate education and a career in the nonprofit sector. A successful statement reflects your passion for working with nonprofit organizations, describes the impact you hope to make in your career, and addresses the following questions:
• Why are you seeking a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Leadership?
• What experiences, professional and/or personal, have led you to pursue the MA NML degree? Please outline why the program at UGA is of particular interest to you.
• What are your professional goals regarding work in the nonprofit sector? Please include a brief outline of your areas of interest with respect to both content (ie: environment; arts; human services; etc.) as well as process (ie: grant writing; program evaluation; program management and administration; etc.).

Three Letters of Recommendation (one academic and two from employment supervisor or other director/mentor). The letters may be submitted one of three ways:
a. Via email. They must be formal recommendation letters on letterhead and submitted as an attachment to the initial email. Letters in the body of the email will not be accepted. We will only accept emails sent directly from the recommender.
b. Via mail directly to the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program Office. The letter of recommendation may be mailed directly to the MA NML Program Office.
c. Submitted online via the Graduate School admissions web site.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Anthony Mallon
  • Email: ajmallon@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-5467
  • Address: 125 School of Social Work

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Latin American and Caribbean Studies A.B.
  • Department/College: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Advising Contact

  • Name: Frans Weiser
  • Email: frweiser@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-2140
  • Address: 235 Joe Brown Hall

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Nonprofit Management and Leadership M.A.
  • Department/College: Institute for Nonprofit Organizations

Advising Contact

  • Name: Anthony Mallon
  • Email: ajmallon@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-5467
  • Address: 125 School of Social Work

Additional Advising Contact

  • Name: Kathryn Farlowe
  • Email: kfarlowe@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-5461
  • Address: 133 Social Work Building