Nonprofit Studies Program

Nonprofit organizations attract people who want a career that makes a difference.

Samantha Walker, reflecting on the impact of the nonprofit studies minor on career:

I found my passion in nonprofit studies. I learned and experienced first-hand so many things that led me to my #dreamjob in nonprofit fundraising!

Christopher Lee, reflecting on his nonprofit internship with The Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation:

"Not only has my experience allowed me to see how a nonprofit functions on a daily basis, it has exposed me to the nonprofit sector in our community and allowed me to network with members of the nonprofit community."


USM Non-Profit Studies Program Shows Students the Business Side of Volunteering


The nonprofit sector is highly diverse with many career opportunities.  The sector includes organizations that focus on

  • social services
  • human rights and advocacy
  • the arts, culture, and history
  • education and educational support
  • the environment and animal welfare
  • health care, education, and research
  • and international affairs and foreign affairs, among others. 

Do you want to work for a cause you believe in?  Do you like working with people?  Do you want to get paid for doing good?  If so, the nonprofit studies program is for you.

Availability: Hattiesburg, Hybrid Online



Undergraduate Minor

The Undergraduate Nonprofit Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary minor which provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for work in the nonprofit sector. This minor is appropriate for students in all colleges and majors who wish to pursue a variety of career choices from research and advocacy to the arts to health and social services

Course Requirements


Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Non-Profit Studies Certificate is an interdisciplinary program which provides students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for work in the non-profit sector. This certificate program is appropriate for current Southern Miss graduate students who wish to pursue career in the nonprofit sector as well as individuals with a baccalaureate degree who are currently employed in or wish to transition to the nonprofit sector and need additional or specialized training.

Graduate School Information:

Plan of Study

Graduate Course Descriptions


Contact Information

If you are interested in or have questions about the program, please contact:

Ann Marie Kinnell
Associate Professor of Sociology
Director, Nonprofit Studies Program
The University of Southern Mississippi