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Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Nonprofit Management Learning Block Online

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Prepare to lead all aspects of a successful nonprofit organization in the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Nonprofit Management Learning Block online program from Southern Utah University. The MIS program is designed for students who value flexibility, enabling you to create a degree that fits your unique interests while ensuring your degree plan supports your next professional steps. With no GRE requirement, it also provides an efficient pathway to completing your master’s degree as entering students may transfer up to 9 previous graduate credit hours into the program.

$12,900 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

In this 100 percent online program, you will study a broad range of management, communication, public relations, and business topics to prepare you for career advancement in the nonprofit sector. You will learn proven techniques in grant writing and fundraising as well as deepen your understanding of advertising strategies, the use of social media and more.

The curriculum includes two courses from the AACSB-accredited Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business, along with an integrated capstone course intended to allow students to demonstrate skills and knowledge gained. Throughout the program, you can choose from elective courses in multiple subject areas to tailor your degree to your personal interests and professional goals.

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As a student in this program, you will:

  • Hone your skills in the fundamental areas of fundraising, nonprofit financial management, organizational management, and program development
  • Learn how to successfully employ grant writing—including how to research, prioritize and apply—and build relationships with funding agencies
  • Learn to qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward private funding for annual funds, major gifts, and planned gifts
  • Study the essentials of crisis management, including how to establish a plan before crisis hits, develop and maintain relational capital, spot common triggers, and prepare message strategy and communication
  • Explore advanced issues in advertising and public relations and how practitioners respond to and manage events
  • Study the strategic use of “new media,” including blogging, search engine optimization, content creation, corporate messaging, and visual content

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SUU offers a variety of specialized learning blocks in the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies program. Check out all of our online MIS options.

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SUU offers students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition, which includes all fees.

Tuition breakdown:

$430 Per Credit Hour
$12,900 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MIS $430 $1,290 $12,900


MIS online programs are delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

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Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Summer A 05/04/20 04/20/20 04/27/20 04/29/20 05/04/20 06/28/20
Summer B 06/29/20 06/15/20 06/22/20 06/24/20 06/29/20 08/23/20
Fall A 09/07/20 08/24/20 08/31/20 09/02/20 09/07/20 11/01/20
Fall B 11/02/20 10/19/20 10/26/20 10/28/20 11/02/20 12/27/20
Spring A 01/04/21 12/21/20 12/28/20 12/30/20 01/04/21 02/28/21
Spring B 03/01/21 02/15/21 02/22/21 02/24/21 03/01/21 05/02/21
Summer A 05/10/21 04/26/21 05/03/21 05/05/21 05/10/21 07/04/21
Summer B 07/05/21 06/21/21 06/28/21 06/30/21 07/05/21 08/29/21

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At SUU, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for entering the MIS online program; this section also covers required documents and where you should send them.

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Minimum 3.0 GPA

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You must meet the following requirements for admission to the MIS online program.

  • Submit graduate application and $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
    • *If your GPA is lower than 3.0, please still apply as you could be admitted on a provisional basis. Please contact an Enrollment Services representative at 833-994-0043 for more information.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Statement of Intent (will be submitted directly on the application form)
  • Submit a professional resume that includes employment history, academic accomplishments, and highlights professional experience
  • You must enter the contact information for three references on your application form. Please select people who can provide details about your academic and/or professional work, and ability to be successful in the MIS program

Official transcripts, test scores and other documents should be sent directly from the granting institution(s) to:

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Cedar City, Utah 84720


The MIS – Nonprofit Management Learning Block online curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours), including 3 credit hours of introductory coursework, 9 credit hours of nonprofit management core courses, 9 credit hours of communication courses, 6 credit hours of business electives and a 3-credit-hour capstone course. Students may transfer up to 9 previous graduate credit hours based on advisement.

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All MIS students must take this introductory course.

INDS 6000: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research & Studies

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will analyze the concepts of interdisciplinary study. Students draft their interdisciplinary degree plan and gain the ability to describe their interdisciplinary degree to multiple audiences. Introduction to fundamental research evaluations methods.

Students will take the following courses.

INDS 6411: Nonprofit Management

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to the strategies, techniques and requirements for managing a nonprofit organization. Students will focus on four primary categories aligned with nonprofit management: 1) fundraising, 2) financial management, 3) organizational management and 4) program development.

INDS 6412: Foundations of Grant Writing

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this fast-paced course, students will learn how to successfully secure funding from various agencies in which a grant proposal is required. Students will learn about private and public grant-making foundations and how to properly research, prioritize, apply, and build relationships. Lastly, students will learn about the grant cycle and common mistakes to ensure proposal success.

INDS 6413: Foundations of Fundraising

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this fast-paced course, students will be equipped with critical and ethical skills to successfully fundraise efficiently and effectively. Students will learn how to qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward private funding for annual funds, major gifts and planned gifts. Specific strategies and tools will be highlighted to secure constituent loyalty with external and internal stakeholders. The focus will be on applying these strategies and tools within a nonprofit organization to create a positive impact.

Students will take the following courses.

COMM 6210: Advertising and Public Relations Strategies

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Discusses advanced issues in advertising and public relations and how practitioners respond to and manage issues and events, with emphasis on recent research and theoretical developments, case studies, and experimental approaches.

COMM 6230: Professional Social Media

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines the strategic use of major social media platforms. Topics include blogging, search engine optimization, content creation, storytelling, corporate messaging, and uses and development of visual content. Students will complete an integrated social media plan with objectives, strategies, and tactics with key performance indicators and measurement.

INDS 6211: Crisis Communication Management

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Reputations have never been subjected to such scrutiny and crushing verdicts as in today’s court of public opinion. As perception is often reality, potential issues are typically visible long before the crisis stage. Learn how to spot common triggers, what should be in place before a crisis hits, message strategy and how to communicate the issue whether it is online attacks from a former employee, lawsuits or acts of nature. Shifting from crisis to recovery is risky; learn when and how to transition safely. All crises, big and small, can be managed by amassing relational capital across multiple audience sectors. By discovering how to develop and maintain relational capital, students will be able to apply these skills to any crisis or significant issue in their chosen industry.

Students will choose two of the following courses. Students who do not hold a business undergraduate degree from an AACSB-accredited institution may be required to take BA 6000 as one of the two courses.

BA 6000: Business Foundations

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an accelerated overview of the basic fundamentals of accounting, finance, marketing and the use of Excel that MBA students will require for success in the program. This course is waived for students with an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited institution.

FIN 6100: Managerial Finance

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the capital budgeting process, including estimating the cost of capital and cash flows, correct application of decision rules, and ways of analyzing and dealing with uncertainty in your forecasts. It also discusses key topics in financial management, such as optimal leverage, raising capital for the firm, and equity payout policies.

MGMT 6100: Managing People and Organizations

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the principles of organizational behavior involved in managing people and organizations in a business environment. Topics include leadership, motivation, effective teams, conflict and negotiations, power and influence, organizational culture, and change management. This course focuses on the practical application of these principles in a meaningful and ethical manner.

All MIS students will choose one of the following capstone courses.

INDS 6890: MIS Capstone Internship

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1 (must complete 3 credits)

Provides the student with hands-on experience related to their chosen two or three disciplines from the student’s degree plan of study under the direct supervision of a qualified field expert. Only three (3) credit hours may count toward the degree.

INDS 6900: MIS Capstone Project

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course MIS students plan and complete a professional project as a required capstone experience. Learners will research and address a professional problem, then report the results. The project is practitioner-based and culminates learning from each of the three coursework-based learning blocks. Students will study and apply project management skills including proposal and assessment techniques, then carry out their project. A comprehensive report and presentation will serve as final deliverables.

INDS 6910: MIS Capstone Thesis

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A capstone experience demonstrating the ability to complete a professional thesis in consultation with the graduate committee. Students conceive, research, and produce a thesis in a relevant area of their interdisciplinary degree plan.

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