About this course
The size and impact of the nonprofit sector in the Ozarks is extraordinary. As documented by Drury’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership, there are more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations in Springfield. While they range from tiny, volunteer-only organizations to some of the city’s largest employers with thousands of employees, their cumulative impact is undeniable. Just as important is the robust role this sector can play in strengthening our communities.
This program links theoretical knowledge on best practices to lead and communicate within and about nonprofit organizations with a commitment to practical application of those concepts in community organizations working on the front lines to enhance the quality of life in Springfield and the Ozarks. Potential partnerships with the City of Springfield, Greene County, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Leadership Springfield, Springfield Public Schools, United Way of the Ozarks and other influential community organizations affords the program – and its graduates – an unusual degree of public visibility and opportunities for engaged learning in the program and professional advancement after graduation.
Housed in the Department of Communication, the Master of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership is intentionally interdisciplinary, drawing together academic resources from across campus along with the community based resources of political, economic and cultural leaders from the Springfield region. Such an integration is both theoretically rigorous and meaningfully applied. This integration of theory and practice serves the individual professional interests of each student as well as the broader interests of the Ozark community. Most employees of nonprofits have passionate commitment to their organizations, but may not have the background education to lead and manage the organization most effectively. This program enhances the overall capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit and civic organizations. By doing so, it will enhance the quality of life in the Ozarks.
- Applicants for admission to graduate study must hold a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an accredited four-year college or university.