Human Development and Family Science BSFCS/Nonprofit Management and Leadership MA (non-thesis)

The joint B.S.—Human Development and Family Science/M.A.—Nonprofit Management and Leadership 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 nonprofit 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. and an ACT or SAT score that places them at or above the 70th percentile.

The following documents should be sent via email to Dr. Tony Mallon, Director, Institute for Nonprofit Organizations, at Note: The following three steps require the student to have early contact with their undergraduate academic advisor and a professor of a course in which the student is currently enrolled.

1. Undergraduate Advisor: (send to Dr. Tony Mallon,
• A statement verifying that the student is in progress or has completed at least 60 credit hours and has an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.20.
2. Student: (send to Dr. Tony Mallon,
• An unofficial copy of your ACT or SAT score report.
• A brief letter of interest outlining why you are interested in gaining admission to the MA NML / Music Double Dawgs pathway and why you believe you are capable of taking graduate level courses. Also, indicate how the MA NML degree fits into your career goals.
3. Current Professor: (send to Dr. Tony Mallon,
• A brief statement commenting on the student’s academic capacity to succeed in graduate level courses.


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

Students accepted to the degree pathway will enroll in the following courses beginning in their 3rd year while earning their undergraduate B.S.F.C.S degree, Human Development Major. These courses will count towards HDFS General Electives:

MNML 7237 Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations, 3
MNML 7320 Managing Volunteers, 3 
MNML 7226 Evaluation of Professional Practice, 3 
HDFS Graduate Elective, 3

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

Students accepted into the graduate program will enroll in the following courses during their 5th year:

MNML 7010 Special Topics in the Nonprofit Sector, 3
MNML 7055 Internship, 3
MNML 7060 Fundraising and Development for NP Organizations, 3 
MNML 7330 Innovation and Change in Nonprofit Organizations, 3
MNML 7947 Social Entrepreneurship, 3
MNML 7957 Grant Proposal Writing for Nonprofit Leaders, 3
MNML Elective, 3

Admission to Graduate Program

Students must submit the following to be considered for admission: 

A cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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: 125 School of Social Work

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Human Development and Family Science B.S.F.C.S.
  • Department/College: Human Development and Family Science

Advising Contact

  • Name: Julie Patterson
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-4896
  • Address: 110B Dawson Hall

Additional Advising Contact

  • Name: Ahmaud Templeton
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-4087
  • Address: 107 Dawson 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: 125 School of Social Work