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Graduate Specialization in Nonprofit Fundraising

The Specialization in Nonprofit Fundraising provides students with: (1) an understanding of a variety of fundraising strategies, the role of fundraising within nonprofit organizations, and the role and responsibilities of the development professional in the fundraising process; (2) an understanding of theory and research on social influence and how to employ this knowledge to promote the fundraising activities of a nonprofit organization; and (3) practice in assisting the fundraising activities of a nonprofit organization.

Information about the program may be found on the Registrar’s page.

Students in the master’s program in communication or health & risk communication

Once a student has advisor and guidance committee approval, the student should contact the Academic Programs office in the Department of Communication. Marge Barkman will enroll the student in the program. Students are responsible for finding their own practicum experience. However, students are welcome to consult with Dr. Gwen Wittenbaum, who has established partnerships with various nonprofit organizations. Students should register for the COM 893 practicum through their academic advisor. Students in the health and risk communication program may use the same COM 893 practicum toward their major and this specialization if the practicum is health-related in a nonprofit organization.

Students in the master’s program in advertising, public relations, journalism, or media and information

Once a student has advisor and guidance committee approval, the student should contact the Academic Programs office in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations (ADPR). Joni Tucker will enroll the student in the program. Students are responsible for finding their own practicum experience. However, students are welcome to consult with Dr. Gwen Wittenbaum, who has established partnerships with various nonprofit organizations. Students should register for the ADV 893 practicum through their academic advisor (faculty advisors in the School of Journalism or Department of Media and Information may coordinate with the Graduate Director in ADPR).

Questions about the required ADV 816 (Fundraising and Philanthropy in Nonprofit Organizations) course may be addressed to the course instructor, Joe Wald.

The Graduate Certificate in Journalism

Both professionals and master’s students in other areas frequently want to understand the fundamental processes of gathering, organizing, presenting and disseminating news and information in various text and visual forms for different news media platforms.

In this 9-credit program, students learn the newest innovative media technology and understand the influence and effects of media in society. These skills and knowledge are basic to a professional or student in any career.

JRN 800 Multimedia Writing and Reporting (3 credits)
JRN 815 Media, Society and Theory (3 credits)
JRN 821 Social Media, News and Information (3 credits)

For more information, please see the academic catalog and the admissions process.