University of the Rockies

Doctor of Psychology in Non-Profit Management

University of the Rockies offers a Doctor of Psychology, Non-Profit Management Specialization program to students interested in the structure, governance, and operations of non-profit organizations. Learn more about the Doctor of Psychology, Non-Profit Management Specialization program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Psychology, Non-Profit Management Specialization

School Offering Program:

University of the Rockies, School of Organizational Leadership

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants interested in the Doctor of Psychology, Non-Profit Management Specialization program should have a passion for the non-profit sector and should be interested in effecting strategic change in charitable and non-profit organizations. Applicants to University of the Rockies doctoral programs should have a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a graduate level cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or an earned doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Doctor of Psychology, Non-Profit Management Specialization program at University of the Rockies explores multi-cultural issues in the workplace, ethical issues in non-profit management, issues related to volunteers, and the relationship between a non-profit organization's mission, financial management, and governance. Coursework examines theories of leadership, executive development, models for leadership coaching, and acceptable methods of fund-raising. Students will also have the opportunity to study the diagnosis and treatment of adult psychopathological disorders, biological bases for human behavior, family systems, and group dynamics. Students can develop skills in advanced psychological research, tests and measurements, and organizational leadership assessment. The program includes 180 supervised practicum hours and a dissertation; online students are required to attend three in-residence weekends.

Learning Format:

Online and Denver

Total Credits Required:

68 credits

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Aid opportunities include scholarships, federal financial aid programs, and veterans benefits programs.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Psychology, Non-Profit Management Specialization:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact University of the Rockies to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Course Requirements

  • ORG 5001: Survey of Psychology I (3 credits)*
  • ORG 5002: Survey of Psychology II (3 credits)*
  • ORG 7509: History & Systems of Psychology (3 credits)
  • ORG 7510: Biological Bases of Behavior (3 credits)
  • ORG 7600: Family Systems (3 credits)
  • ORG 7210 Adult Psychopathology & Treatment I (3 credits)
  • ORG 7260: Adult Psychopathology & Treatment II (3 credits)
  • ORG 7272: Group Process & Group Leadership in Organizations (3 credits)**
  • ORG 7302: Advanced Research Methods (3 credits)
  • ORG 7402: Advanced Tests & Measurements (3 credits)
  • ORG 7415: Advanced Statistics (3 credits)
  • ORG 7101: Assessment Tools for Organizational Leadership (3 credits)**
  • HUM 7200: Governance & Finance in Non-Profit Organizations (3 credits)
  • ORG 7500: Diversity in the Workplace (3 credits)
  • ORG 8532: Advanced Seminar: The Leader as Coach (3 credits)
  • HUM 8519: Advanced Seminar: Ethical Issues in Non-Profit Management (3 credits)
  • ORG 8522: Transformational Leadership, Coaching Top Level Executives (3 credits)
  • HUM 8060: The Non-Profit Executive as Fund Raiser (3 credits)
  • HUM 8070: Advanced Seminar: Volunteers & Non-Profit Governance (3 credits)
  • ORG 8770: Doctoral Capstone (4 credits)
  • ORG 8910: Dissertation Planning I (1 credit)
  • ORG 8912: Dissertation Planning II (1 credit)
  • ORG 8990: Dissertation (5 credits)

*Students entering the program without a Bachelor's or Master's degree with a major or minor in psychology or a related field are required to successfully complete ORG 5001 Survey of Psychology I (3 credits) and ORG 5002 Survey of Psychology II (3 credits) as part of the program. These two courses are designed to prepare students for the remainder of the program.

** This course may not be transferred in. For online students these three courses have a weekend in-residence requirement in Denver (Friday midday to Sunday midday). Dates will be published in advance. Travel and related expenses are the responsibility of the student. However, these costs are included within the Federal Financial Aid Cost of Attendance.

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Career Paths:

Students who successfully complete the Doctor of Psychology, Non-Profit Management Specialization program could have the skills needed to seek leadership positions in non-profit organizations, non-governmental agencies, and educational, scientific, and charitable organizations. Depending on their area of expertise, graduates could pursue positions such as:

  • Industrial-organizational psychologist
  • Human resources specialist
  • Training and development specialist
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Social and community service manager
  • Health educator
  • Market research analysts

Special terms and conditions:

The Non-Profit Management Specialization in the Doctor of Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional. University of the Rockies does not represent that this program meets certification or licensure requirements in any state. It is the student's responsibility to review any state certification or licensure requirements in their intended field of employment.

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