Sociology AB/Nonprofit Management and Leadership MA(non-thesis)

The joint Sociology A.B./Nonprofit Management and Leadership M.A. is designed to train highly motivated students in the skills, knowledge, and values for successful careers in nonprofit management, administration, and leadership. We place a strong emphasis on helping students acquire and use the skills and techniques for understanding human behavior, social context, and sound research, as well as in leading non profit organizations that serve diverse communities.

Admission to Program

Students who meet the requirements for admission to the pathway will be considered for admission to the dual degree program for the fall semester of their third year at UGA. By March 15 of their second year, students will submit a statement of purpose outlining their reasons for seeking admission to the program, including their future goals. Admission to the dual degree pathway must be approved by the department head and undergraduate coordinator.

• At least 60 hours completed or in progress at the time of application.
• Additional requirements include an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2.


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

Students accepted to the dual degree pathway will enroll in the following M.A. NML courses during their 3rd and 4th years while earning their undergraduate Sociology degree. All courses will be for 3 credits each and will be taken as general electives in the Sociology A.B. curriculum:

MNML 7237 - Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3)
MNML 7320 - Managing Volunteers (3)
MNML 7010 - Nonprofit Financial Management (3)
MNML 7957 - Grant Proposal Writing for Nonprofit Organizations (3)

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

In their 3rd or 4th year, students may also enroll in up to two graduate-level Sociology courses, based on their substantive academic interests and intended career trajectory in the nonprofit sector. These courses would count as electives in the Non-Profit Management M.A. program of study. Suggested courses appear below, though students may also take other graduate-level Sociology courses with approval of the Non-Profit Management & Leadership M.A. advisor.

SOCI 6620 Analysis and Interpretation of Sociological Data I
SOCI 6630 Analysis and Interpretation of Sociological Data II
SOCI 6750 Qualitative Methods of Social Research

In their fifth year, students completing the dual degree will enroll in 21 credits of graduate coursework, which includes 12 credit hours of electives. Students may choose 12 credit hours of elective courses from the following list or from other options as determined through consultation with the advisor:

MNML 7947 - Social Entrepreneurship (3)
MNML 7977 - Nonprofit Leadership (3)
MNML 7055 - Internship in Non Profit Organizations (6)
MNML 7060 - Fundraising (3)
MNML 7226 - Program Evaluation (3)
MNML 7330 - Innovation and Change in Nonprofit Organizations (3)
SOWK 7236 - Community Engagement and Assessment (3)

Admission to Graduate Program

• The M.A. 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 (e.g., environment, arts, human services) as well as process (e.g., grant writing, program evaluation, program management and administration).

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:
  • Phone: 706-542-5467
  • Address: 279 Williams St., Rm. 125

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Sociology A.B.
  • Department/College: Sociology

Advising Contact

  • Name: Jim Coverdill
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-2421
  • Address: 214B Baldwin Hall

Graduate Major Information

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

Advising Contact

  • Name: Anthony Mallon
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-5467
  • Address: 279 Williams St., Rm. 125