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B.S. in Non-Profit AdministrationA Management Degree
with a Focus on Compassion

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Non-Profit Administration Major or Minor

At Cornerstone University, we take a holistic approach to leadership development. As a non-profit administration major, you will uncover what it means to be a manager who leads with compassion and care. Our drive to support God’s calling is in everything we do, and we are tasked with training tenacious leaders for the future.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Minor


  • On Campus
  • Residential


  • Grand Rapids

Live Out Your Faith
As a Servant Leader

In the non-profit administration program, you will integrate principles of business management with skills that will serve you in the growing nonprofit sector. This program trains you to ethically manage financial resources you will have as a nonprofit leader and serve communities large and small in various ways.

Nonprofit leaders have a heart for people, and at Cornerstone, we believe in loving God and loving people. No matter where your career in non-profit administration takes you, you will come prepared with resources and tools to succeed and to further the mission of the kingdom. You will become a purposeful leader and a driver of change in the world.


Graduates from the non-profit administration program go on to serve in various capacities in non-profits of varying sizes. Here are some of the career opportunities available to you.


  • Development director
  • Director of fundraising
  • Executive director
  • Operations manager
  • Program director
  • Director of human services


As a student at Cornerstone, you will have the opportunity to intern at a number of nonprofits we have partnered with across West Michigan. Here are some of the places where you may be able to serve.


  • Bridge Street House of Prayer
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum
  • West Michigan Refugee Education Center
  • West Michigan Youth for Christ
  • World Renew


Of non-profit administration graduates from the class of 2019 were employed within six months of graduation.


Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.


Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Program Features and
Learning Outcomes

The non-profit administration program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

Off-Campus Study Opportunities

As a Cornerstone business student, you will have the opportunity to study abroad in places such as Dubai and the Netherlands. While there, you will learn how to combine your faith with business in the global marketplace.

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Master of Business Administration 4+1 Program

Cornerstone non-profit administration majors have the opportunity to qualify for advanced standing in our Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. This gives you the option to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as few as five years.

Program Learning Outcomes

The non-profit administration program reflects our commitment to developing students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in five distinct yet interconnected areas.

Specialized Knowledge

Understand the internal and external environments of nonprofit organizations.

  • Illustrate a comprehensive understanding of the areas of leadership, governance, community development and human issues in the nonprofit sector.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate legal, financial and ethical frameworks under which nonprofit organizations are operated and regulated.

Demonstrate proficiency in developing, organizing and executing strategic approaches to nonprofit management.

  • Apply analytical methods to management problems in a nonprofit context and design solutions to problems through innovation, collaboration and communication.
  • Articulate competency in applying integrated knowledge to a real-world situation.

Applied Knowledge and Collaborative Learning

Understand the domestic and international marketplace from internal, external and Christian worldview perspectives, including market roles and realities; legal and regulatory environment; economic theory and forces; financial influences and outcomes; management strategies; price system/consumer behavior; supply/demand; domestic and international regulation/marketplace; management (four functions); marketing in contemporary society; and financial/accounting statements.

Demonstrate ethical leadership and proficiency in analyzing, organizing and executing basic business strategy through interpretive, interactive and innovative marketplace action in response to internal and external environments. This includes knowledge of analytic tools (gather/gain meaning from data); effective business communication methodology (oral, written and other industry-specific); business plan artifacts (financial, etc.); marketing strategy (five Ps); teamwork; leadership; and innovation/entrepreneurship.

Intellectual Skills

Demonstrate your ability to integrate both traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency and communicative fluency.

Civic and Global Learning

Demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues.

Biblical Worldview Integration

Articulate a Christ-centered worldview and its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues.


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