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The Bachelor of Science degree program in human services at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) prepares students who choose the nonprofit studies concentration to become competent, self-reflective nonprofit administrators.

Program Options

Students seeking a degree in human services with a nonprofit studies concentration focus specifically on the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for management jobs in the nonprofit sector.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

A degree in human services at MSU Denver delivers the academic content you expect from a bachelor’s program while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and our city’s nonprofit community. Our students have the following unique opportunities:

• Learn in small classes from faculty with diverse leadership backgrounds as well as real-world knowledge and experience.

• Participate in intensive/immersion field experience by completing 750 hours working in a nonprofit agency as part of your degree plan.

• Take advantage of opportunities to connect to leaders through site visits, class projects, field experience and guest lecturers.

• Apply classroom knowledge in a real nonprofit setting through service-learning opportunities in various local nonprofit organizations.

• Prepare for jobs in the field through our class that covers résumé development, cover letter writing and interview skills.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Human services graduates with a nonprofit studies concentration are prepared to pursue advanced degrees or to hold career titles that can include:

• Executive director

• CEO or CFO

• Volunteer coordinator/manager

• Program developer/designer

• Development director

• Financial manager

• Program manager

• Grant writer

Hear from our students:

“I’ve learned to see the world in varying shades of gray as opposed to merely black and white. I realize that I can advocate for social justice, while at the same time staying true to my personal beliefs. I now do a better job of accomplishing my goals, because I’ve learned to take initiative and make things happen for myself.”

—Jonathon Smith (BS in human services, nonprofit studies, 2014)

Alumni at Work

Colorado Nonprofit Association

Denver Kids

American Lung Association

Black United Fund

National MS Society

Botanic Gardens

City of Arvada

Project Angel Heart

Colorado Opera

Denver Symphony

Volunteers of America

Sample Classes

Development and Administration of Volunteer Programs

Grant Writing

Fundraising Strategies for Nonprofits

Organizational Stability

Human Resource Development for Nonprofit Organizations

Community Change

Designing the 21st Century Nonprofit

Program Accreditation

The degree in human services at MSU Denver is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Council for Standards in Human Services Education.

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