Social Work BSW/Nonprofit Management and Leadership MA(non-thesis)

There are more than 1.2 million "charitable" 501c (3) nonprofits in the United States, and studies show that over the next decade, nonprofits will need to attract and develop 640,000 new managers due to the growing number of nonprofit organizations, growth in the size of nonprofits, and the retirement of managers from the vast baby-boomer generation. Nonprofits need leaders who are also trained as social workers to meet the needs of vulnerable individuals and 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 how the MA NML fits into their 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 2.8
2. On track to complete all BSW requirements by end of 4th year


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 in the B.S.W program. All courses will be for 3 credits each and will be taken as electives in the B.S.W curriculum:

MNML 7237 - Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3)
MNML 7320 - Managing Volunteers (3)
MNML 7445 – 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 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 7977 – Nonprofit Leadership (3)
MNML 7055 - Internship in Non Profit Organizations (3)
MNML 7060 - Fundraising (3)
MNML 7226 - Program Evaluation (3)
MNML 7330 - Innovation and Change in Nonprofit Organizations (3)
MNML 7947 - Social Entrepreneurship (3)
SOWK 7236 - Community Assessment Practice (3)
Other Elective Options

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 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

60 credit hours completed or in progress at the time of application

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 M.A. NML Program Office.
c. Submitted online via the Graduate School admissions website.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Anthony Mallon
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-5467
  • Address: 279 Williams Street Room 125

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Social Work B.S.W.
  • Department/College: School of Social Work

Advising Contact

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

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 Room 125