Nonprofit and NGO Studies at NIU

You have a vision for a more equitable world. We'll help make it a reality.

Nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) provide services to their communities and around the world, often relying on support from volunteers and donors. By studying this fast-growing field, you'll learn how to optimize operations and increase impact. You'll be able to focus on an area you're passionate about as you prepare for a career in public service or community engagement.


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What Can I Do With a Nonprofit and NGO Studies Degree?

Our graduates flourish in the public and nonprofit sectors, in roles focused on fundraising, program delivery, communications and other important areas. Some possible positions include:

  • Executive director
  • Program coordinator
  • Grant writer
  • Public relations manager

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Career Potential for Nonprofit and NGO Studies

1.56 million

Nonprofit organizations in the U.S.


Growth in nonprofit sector over 10 years

$410 billion

Per year in charitable giving in the U.S.

Source: Urban Institute

Program Overview

This interdisciplinary program draws from areas such as public administration, anthropology and sociology. You'll have opportunities to participate in research, projects and internships to help you understand how community organizations operate and how to extend their outreach.

What degree will I earn?

You'll earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in nonprofit and NGO studies.

How do I get in?

The NIU application is free and we are also on the Common App. Find out more about application deadlines and requirements.

What will it cost?

Tuition as a full-time student is $4,803.79 per term. More information about tuition and fees can be found on the bursar's website.

How long will it take to graduate?

You can finish the degree in four years.

NIU Admission Requirements


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.



We think your high school GPA is a better predictor of your success.

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How to Apply

NIU is a supportive, exciting place to start your college career, as well as a flexible and rewarding next step for transfer students. If you'll be a first-year college student, you can apply using our application or by adding us to your Common App list. Transfer students, we have an application process just for you.

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