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Course Details

Master of Arts in Management for the Non-Profit Sector

Course code: TU303 Entry Route into programme:
  • 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5) or equivalent in any Level 8 primary degree + work experience


Duration: 2 years (3 taught semesters) and dissertation to be submitted by the end of Semester 2 in second year.
NFQ level: 9
Schedule: Online Lectures: Wednesday 7pm-9pm                                                              On Campus Lectures: 8 Fridays per semester 9am - 5pm
Award title: Master of Arts
Credits for Full Award: 90 @ NFQ Level 9
Awarding Body:                                  Technological University Dublin  



Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants should have achieved a second class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5 or above) or equivalent in any 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 programme 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.


Course Schedule

The course will be delivered through eight Fridays per semester – 2 per month. In addition, there will two hours of online delivery every week during the semester. There will be three semester of taught modules. During the fourth semester students will work on a research project with the guidance of a supervisor.


Career Opportunities

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.


Course Content - Please click here for further info on modules

Semester 1
  • Policy, Politics and NPOs
  • Leadership and Change Management
Semester 2
  • Strategic Management
  • Financial and Performance Management
Semester 3
  • Social Marketing
  • Governance
  • Human Resource Management
Semester 4
  • Dissertation

An award with the title ‘Postgraduate Diploma in Management’ may be granted if learners leave this programme after successfully completing the taught modules in semesters 1 , 2 and 3 and attain 60 ECTS credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00.


Lecturing team

The lecturing team delivering this course have a strong blend of practical and teaching experience. The lecturers are:


Sheila Coyle

Dr. Blath McGeough

Dr. Francis McGeough

Dr. Donal Rogan

Garreth Smith


Click here for biographical details of the lecturing team


For details about the programme structure and delivery please email Dr. Francis McGeough


This course is offered jointly with TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus. Students will spend time on both campuses.



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What our students say...

The Masters in Management for the Not for Profit Sector has had an immediate and positive impact on my professional life. It has increased my knowledge and understanding of what is required for a management role in the sector. The continuous assessment work is achievable, there is very good support from the lecturers and it is applicable to the organization or sector you work for right from the outset"

Alan Clogher                        Case Manager Empowerment Plus

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