About The Program

Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice offers a master’s degree in the Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations. This degree can be completed either full-time or part-time. This graduate program welcomes individuals who are bright, passionate and energized to be transformative thought leaders; social entrepreneurs; and innovators for social impact.

Our mission is to educate the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs who will help transform nonprofits, social enterprises, international NGOs, educational systems, social service agencies, art and cultural institutions, foundations, and advocacy and volunteer organizations. The world needs new thinking and approaches to address long-term challenges. Our students come to lay the foundation for their professional and civic journeys to be collaborative agents of innovation and impact.

Students enrolled in the Nonprofit Leadership Program take a total of ten (10) graduate courses:

  • four (4) NPLD core classes from a menu of choices
  • four (4) NPLD elective classes from a menu of choices
  • two (2) Penn elective classes

Students work with the Associate Director for academic advising and guidance in selecting their electives from an array of options offered by Penn’s diverse graduate and professional programs. Each student is encouraged to build the competencies they will need throughout their careers.

The program is designed to serve:

  • Serious nonprofit professionals who want to build their skills and prepare for leadership;
  • Professionals in the areas of business, law, social work, education, health care and others seeking to make a mid-career shift into nonprofit or NGO leadership;
  • Individuals preparing to enter a career in the nonprofit or NGO sector;
  • International applicants looking to enhance their leadership and management skills and learn more about the nonprofit and NGO sector; and
  • Anyone with a passion for social innovation and impact.