The Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM) degree is intended for professionals who work in or desire to work in the nonprofit sector. This online program provides an opportunity to obtain an advanced degree that addresses the unique character of nonprofit organizations and the social sector.

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The Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management degree gives professionals the chance to improve or add skills necessary to work in the nonprofit sector. Students of the Nonprofit Leadership and Management master's program will explore research, theory and the practice of leadership and management in the nonprofit sector.

Graduates with a Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management degree gain leadership skills and knowledge in topics such as the management of human resources (both paid and volunteer), fundraising, program evaluation, fiscal management and governance in nonprofit organizations. Graduates of this online program gain enhanced recognition and credentials similar to students who have graduate degrees in administration or management.

Graduates of this program can enter into careers in a number of specialties within nonprofit organizations such as nonprofit organization management, fundraising, program development, volunteer management and advocacy.

On average, students will complete the Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management degree within approximately two years, but a shorter time frame is possible. The MNLM requires 33 credit hours. Students take 18 credits of required core courses and select 15 credits from elective courses. The final component of this degree program is a capstone course, which integrates and synthesizes material from prior courses.

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Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants are required to submit:

  1. Graduate application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Curriculum vitae or resume
  4. Statement of educational and career goals in sufficient detail to indicate compatibility with the educational objectives and capabilities of the school
  5. Three reference letters with a combination of academic and professional references
  6. Proof of English proficiency

Additional Admission Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

References from friends and family members are not accepted.

Students currently pursuing the nonprofit leadership and management certificate who are interested in applying for the master's program must apply to the degree program before the completion of nine credit hours in their certificate program.

A committee of nonprofit leadership and management faculty members carefully review and vote on all applications. The committee sees this professional masters degree as appropriate to people who are becoming established in their career in the nonprofit sector, and need a masters degree in order to move UP in their career. Applicants with little work experience who see the masters degree as an opportunity to enter the nonprofit sector are not routinely admitted. Five years of nonprofit work experience and leadership aspirations are ideal.

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