One of VTIPG's responsibilities is to work with the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and its academic programs to develop and propose nonprofit and nongovernmental organization related curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels including concentrations, graduate certificates and potentially a freestanding graduate degree program in Nonprofit/ Nongovernmental Organization Management. Irrespective of specific content, the nonprofit/nongovernmental offerings share a number of characteristics, such as interdisciplinary faculty, a comparative focus, and integration of theory, practice and public policy implications.
The concentration in public and nonprofit management in SPIA offers interested students the opportunity to study, in depth, public and nonprofit organization management tools, techniques, processes and policy contexts. Students may also pursue an additional focus in budgeting and financial management.
The public and nonprofit management concentration is available to students in the Master's of Public and International Affairs (MPIA) degree program. Currently, this option is available as Public and Nonprofit Finance and Budgeting or Collaborative Policy and Management concentration within MPIA. The MPIA curriculum is currently undergoing a revision, which is already in the governance process. After the revised curriculum is approved, students will have the option to concentrate their studies in Governance and Capacity Building. In the MPIA curriculum, students work with their advisors to develop a program of study that best suits their interests and needs.
Students who wish to continue their studies in public and nonprofit management can matriculate into the inter-disciplinary doctoral program in Planning, Governance and Globalization (PGG). The program provides students with the flexibility to design a course of study that best meets their interests. Students in this PGG stream have engaged in research related to strategic planning processes in localities, health care in Africa, evaluation of long-term care, social class and migration, self-help housing and risk assessment.
The School of Public and International Affairs currently offers a 12 hour certificate in Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization Management. There is an online certificate option that includes many of the nonprofit courses and can be completed completely online. See nonprofits.iddl.vt.edu for additional information.
How to Apply
Virginia Tech graduate students who are currently enrolled and working toward a degree should use the following to apply for entrance into the graduate certificate program in Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization Management (NNMC). Submit the completed form to Max Stephenson (205 West Roanoke St. Blacksburg, VA, 24061). Individuals interest in enrolling in Virginia Tech and pursuing the graduate certificate should apply online at the Virginia Tech Graduate School website http://www.grads.vt.edu/