Women's Studies AB/Nonprofit Management and Leadership MA

The Women's Studies A.B. / Nonprofit Management and Leadership M.A. Double Dawgs pathway is designed to train highly motivated students in the skills, knowledge, and values for successful careers in nonprofit management, administration, and leadership focused on target populations (i.e. women, minorities, disenfranchised groups). 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. Our expectation is that the Double Dawgs pathway will provide a clear step for our dual degree students from the Women's Studies program towards new opportunities for our pathway graduates.

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 nprofit@uga.edu. 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 degree in Women's Studies. These courses will count towards Women's Studies (WMST) general electives:

MNML 7237 Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations, 3
MNML 7226 Evaluation of Professional Practice, 3 (Can be replaced by WMST 8011)
MNML 7957 Grant Proposal Writing for Nonprofit Leaders, 3
WMST Graduate Elective, 3 (Two WMST electives can be taken if WMST 8011 is not taken to replace MNML 7226)

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, 6
MNML 7060 Fundraising and Development for NP Organizations, 3
MNML 7320 Managing Volunteers, 3
MNML 7445 Nonprofit Financial Management, 3

And two of the following MNML Electives:

MNML 7330 Innovation and Change in Nonprofit Organizations, 3
MNML 7908 Design Thinking for Social Innovation, 3
MNML 7947 Social Entrepreneurship, 3

Admission to Graduate Program

• The Nonprofit Management and Leadership M.A. 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 M.A. 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: ajmallon@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-5467
  • Address: 279 Williams St.

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Women's Studies A.B.
  • Department/College: Institute for Women's Studies

Advising Contact

  • Name: Cecelia Herles
  • Email: cherles@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-0734
  • Address: 18 Gilbert 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: 279 Williams St.

Additional Advising Contact

  • Name: Jessica Davis
  • Email: jesmar@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-2328
  • Address: 121 Social Work Building