Cornell University

Public and Nonprofit Management

MPA Fellows concentrating in Public and Nonprofit Management tailor their studies for careers as general managers in the public sector, or as leaders of domestic or international nonprofit organizations.  In this concentration, students acquire a strong set of budgeting, investment, debt financing, and data-driven analytical skills as well as managerial skills including negotiations, leadership, staffing, and compensation skills.  In addition to these specific skills, students will gain understanding of the broad political, economic, and regulatory factors that affect the sector in which they are working.

Representative Public and Nonprofit Management Coursework

PADM 5110: Public Administration

PADM 5450: International Public and NGO Management

PADM 5340: Introduction to Evaluation

PADM 5410: Nonprofit Finance and Management

PADM 5900: Consulting for Nonprofit and Government Organizations

ILRLR 6011: Negotiation in Theory and Practice

*Consult the Course Guide for a more comprehensive list of course offerings.

Representative Public and Nonprofit Management Employers (Full-Time & Internship)


CCS Fundraising

Clinton Foundation

Concern Worldwide

DC Central Kitchen

DC Jazz Festival

Graham Pelton Consulting

Luce Foundation

National Academy of Public Administration

New York City Comptroller's Office

New York City Mayor's Office of Operations

New York State Senate

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Teach for America

US Department of Commerce

US Department of Treasury

US Securities and Exchange Commission

Vietnam Education Foundation

White House Council on Community Solutions

Representative Public and Nonprofit Management Occupational Titles

Program Analyst

Project Coordinator

Program Examiner

Program Officer

Senior Consultant

Learn more about opportunities through our Public and Nonprofit Management Concentration:

Phoebe Garfinkel, Graham Pelton Consulting

Capstone Project: SVYM