Finance BBA/Nonprofit Management and Leadership MA

The B.B.A. Finance/M.A. Nonprofit Management and Leadership pathway 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 carrying out myriad responsibilities within the nonprofit sector, including: grant proposal writing; volunteer recruitment and training; financial administration and decision making; fundraising, public relations, and event planning; program design and evaluation; and human resource leadership. Graduates will be equipped to obtain positions with leading nonprofit organizations that serve diverse communities.

A graduate’s career may also follow the traditional finance graduate track. In these cases, the MNML degree would provide valuable skills for outside volunteer work.

Admission to Program

After consulting with their undergraduate advisor and the MNML faculty advisor, the student will apply to the Double Dawgs pathway. The application to the pathway must contain the following documentation:

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.

A recommendation letter from a current professor: a brief statement commenting on the student’s academic capacity to succeed in graduate-level coursework.

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 or by their Finance Department or Terry College Advisor.

Students may apply to the Double Dawgs pathway as early as their first semester after acceptance into the Terry College of Business as a finance major. Questions related to Terry College acceptance should be direct to the Terry College Undergraduate Programs Office, not the Double Dawgs advisor.

The latest students can commit to the pathway is the second semester of junior year. Students must have at least two semesters before graduation remaining after acceptance into the pathway to fulfill the Double Dawg requirements.


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

Undergraduate students may take up to four graduate courses in place of upper-division Arts and Sciences electives in the undergraduate degree program. The following MNML courses can be used: MNML 7237, MNML 7226, MNML 7320, or MNML 7957. Honors College students may take up to two of the following elective courses: FINA 6340, FINA 6810, or ECON 6750. The maximum number of 3 credit graduate courses able to be used to satisfy the undergraduate degree requirement is four.

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:


Admission to Graduate Program

Students will formally apply to the Graduate School by March 15th of their final undergraduate semester for a Summer or Fall program start or October 15th of their final undergraduate semester for a Spring program start.

At that time, students will also submit supplemental application materials to the Social Work Office.

Additional materials to be submitted include:

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 MNML 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 MNML Program Office.

c. Submitted online via the Graduate School admissions web site.

To qualify for the program, students must have a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Anthony Mallon
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-5467
  • Address: 279 Williams Street, Athens, GA 30602

Undergraduate Major Information

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

Advising Contact

  • Name: Jill Hopkins
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-6147
  • Address: 600 S. Lumpkin St, Orkin Hall D313, Athens, GA 306

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 Street, Athens, GA 30602

Additional Advising Contact

  • Name: Jessica Davis
  • Email:
  • Phone: (706)542-2328
  • Address: 279 Williams St., Room 121