Frequently Asked Questions

How many students are in the MNM program?

We had 10 students enter the MNM program in our inaugural 2021-22 academic year. 

How many faculty teach in the program?

The MNM program has six core faculty who devote the majority of their time to the MNM program. Some of our courses are also taught by distinguished practitioners in the community.

How many hours is the MNM program? How long does it take?

The MNM degree requires 39 credit hours (13 classes). The program is designed to be flexible, but most students are able to finish within 2-3 years. We utilize two and three year course plans to keep students on track.

Do I have to go full time?

No. Our program is flexible. We have students going full-time (3 courses per semester) and others that take only 2 or 3 classes per year. Your faculty adviser will work with you to tailor a schedule suited to your unique needs.

I work during the day, so how am I supposed to take classes?

Our program is built for the working student. All of our classes are offered online, so our students are able to complete coursework on their own time.

I don't have any work experience yet, is the MNM degree right for me?

Yes! We have a mix of pre-career students and seasoned professionals in the program. Through our internship program, pre-career students gain exposure to the workplace in some well-known organizations. The program's connections to local nonprofits offer pre-career students a pathway into their careers.

Can I do the entire MNM at the University of Memphis online?

Yes. This degree program is fully online.

How much does it cost?

The most up to date information on tuition and fees is available here using the tuition estimator tool.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Please refer to the University of Memphis Office of Financial Aid for information.

Are graduate assistantships available?

Yes. Each year, the department has a limited number of graduate assistantships that are awarded on a competitive basis. Departmental assistantships are only open to students who have been accepted into the MPA or MNM programs. Assistantships offer a stipend, full tuition and a health plan. If you are interested in applying for an assistantship, please contact Andro Zantua at 678-3360, or by email.

The School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy also offers a competitive Housing and Community Development Fellowship, which has been awarded to several DPNA students.