Psychology BS/Nonprofit Management and Leadership MA(non-thesis)

The joint B.S.—Psychology/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 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.


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

MNML 7237 Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations
MNML 7320 Managing Volunteers
MNML 7957 Grant Proposal Writing for NP Organizations

In their 3rd or 4th year, students will also enroll in one of the following psychology courses, based on their substantive academic interests and intended career trajectory in the nonprofit sector:

PSYC 6200 Social Psychology
PSYC 6220 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 6240 Psychopathology

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 coursework which will include the following 2 courses:

MNML 7060 Fundraising (3 credit hours)
MNML 7226 Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)

and choose 3 courses from among the following (or from a list of approved electives outside the SSW):

MNML 7010 Nonprofit Leadership (3 credit hours)
MNML 7055 Internship in Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
MNML 7330 Innovation and Change in Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
MNML 7055 Internship (6 credit hours)
MNML 7947 Social Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)

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 M.A. 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: Psychology B.S.
  • Department/College: Psychology

Advising Contact

  • Name: Trina Cyterski
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-7852
  • Address: 236 Psychology

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