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

To be considered for admission to the pathway, students must submit the following documentation by March 15th of 2nd year:

1. A statement of purpose – a statement outlining the reason the student is seeking admission to the program, including future career/professional goals and why they are capable of taking graduate level courses
2. A recommendation letter from a current professor – a brief statement commenting on the student’s academic capacity to succeed in graduate level coursework
3. An approval letter from the Undergraduate Advising Contact – a statement approving the student to apply to the pathway; must be written by the individual listed under Undergraduate Advising Contact on this page (note that this may not be the same as the student’s undergraduate advisor)

Application documentation must be submitted as a single PDF by the student (from their UGA email account) and sent to the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations at The subject line of the email should read ‘Double Dawg Pathway Application Materials.’

The minimum requirements for admission to the pathway are as follows:

1. overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2
2. 60 credit hours completed or in progress at time of application


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 7055 Internship, 3
MNML 7060 Fundraising and Development for NP Organizations, 3 
MNML 7330 Innovation and Change in Nonprofit Organizations, 3
MNML 7445 Nonprofit Financial Management, 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

Additional Advising Contact

  • Name: Jessica Davis
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-2328
  • Address: 121 Social Work Building