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Management for the Non-Profit Sector / Bainistíocht don Earnáil Neamhbhrabúis

Course Title: Master of Arts in Management for the Non-Profit Sector

Second Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA of 2.5 or above) or equivalent in any NFQ Level 8 primary degree. Applicants should be working or have a minimum of 1 years work experience in an NPO or equivalent. To determine eligibility, applicants may be required to be interviewed.

This course is aimed specifically at people working in the not-for-profit sector (NPOs). This course will enable participants to develop advanced core competencies in Management in the NPO sector, to build on learning and management skills already gained and to further develop the analytical skills and academic knowledge of students. The curriculum offers a richness and variety of learning that will ensure students develop a range of high-level knowledge and skill in research, strategic thinking and reflective learning. Students will further develop an ability to integrate knowledge, manage complexity and formulate judgements thereby establishing the foundation for a successful career.

The MA in Management course focuses on equipping students with the essential skills necessary to make an increased contribution to their NPO. In addition to the academic content of the course, the MA in Management equips its students with the requisite practical skills for a career in the ever changing environment faced by NPOs. The course is structured to develop competitive managerial leaders and decision-makers who can help their NPO meet the challenges facing them. The course will be assessed through work based projects which will allow the students to apply the knowledge learnt in class to their work situations.

IT Requirements: Students on this course will be required to have a medium spec computer/laptop (i.e. able to run Win 10, an AV solution and Office comfortably. It should be able to use Wi-fi and camera in order to attend online classes, and use other software such as SPSS, Adobe Connect; e.g. Latitude 5510; Latitude 5410;

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The Non-Profit sector employs a substantial number of people in Ireland. This course will enhance students’ ability to make an increased contribution to their organisation and is likely to improve career prospects as NPOs try to balance the needs of their clients and the available resources.

Year 1 Semester 1

  • Policy, Politics and NPOs
  • Leadership and Change Management

Year 1 Semester 2

  • Strategic Management
  • Financial and Performance Management

Year 2 Semester 3

  • Social Marketing
  • Governance
  • Human Resource Management

Year 2 Semester 4

  • Dissertation

8 Fridays per semester (for the first 3 semesters) 09.00- 16.00*

Students can participate in these sessions through online access. In addition, the sessions will be recorded for those unable to attend.

There will be an online session every Wednesday 19.00-21.00

**Please note that class timetables and modes of delivery are indicative and may be subject to change, depending on public health advice**

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I believe that the MA in Management for the Not-for-Profit sector has given me the insight, knowledge, and critical thinking skills which now underpin my confidence in making strategic decisions that better serve our organisation and our stakeholders. The modules are very relevant and informed, have a focus on linking theory to practice, and are delivered with high expectations but also fantastic support and guidance for you as a student.  As a graduate of this master’s program, I now know that strong governance structures, long term strategic planning, placing value in your human resources and believing in your mission are key to your success and to the success of your Not-for-Profit organisation.

-  Alan Clogher, Graduate of the MA in Management in the Not-For-Profit Sector

TU Code



Level 9


Master of Arts


2 years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery

Classroom, Online

Commencement Date

September 2023



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€4,000 per year 

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