About The Program

Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice offers a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL). The NPL program welcomes individuals who are bright, passionate and energized to be transformative thought leaders; social entrepreneurs; and innovators for social impact. There are both full- and part-time options available for completing the program.

We aim 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 innovative approaches to address long-term challenges. Our program allows students to build a foundation for their professional and civic journeys as collaborative agents of innovation and impact. The NPL program is designed to serve nonprofit professionals preparing for leadership, professionals in other sectors seeking to shift careers to create social impact, individuals preparing to enter the nonprofit or social impact sector, and international applicants looking to enhance their leadership and nonprofit skills. We encourage anyone with a passion for social innovation and impact to apply.

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 from any graduate school at the University

Students work with Adam Roth-Saks, NPL Associate Director, in selecting their course of study from an array of options offered by Penn and SP2. Each student is encouraged to build the specific competencies they will need throughout their careers.