MS in Nonprofit Leadership Program > Top ten reasons to pursue a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership

  1. Outstanding national and international reputation: The University of Pennsylvania is one of the nation’s premier institutions for higher education and home to a diverse student body; twelve graduate and professional schools and over 170 research centers and institutes making Penn a world-class institution on the cutting edge of dynamic educational opportunities.
  2. Part of a vibrant urban community: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is one of the nation’s oldest cities.  Founded in 1681, Philadelphia is a dynamic urban city with a rich and diverse history of struggles for freedom; social justice; social change; and social activism.  The city has a thriving arts and cultural community, competitive sports teams, a beautiful urban park, intriguing architecture, world class colleges and universities, and wonderful restaurants and a bustling night life.
  3. Emphasis on cross sector collaborative learning: A huge benefit of attending this program is the opportunity to take courses at the other Penn graduate and professional schools.  This allows graduate students to develop deep and expansive networks of relationships and opportunities to connect with students and faculty with a wide range of academic interests and skill sets.  Penn encourages students to collaborate across disciplines in order to solve issues of wealth creation, distributive justice, and social change.
  4. A foundation to grow into a successful career: At Penn, students receive the preparation to become successful professionals, with well developed leadership skills, critical thinking and the ability to get things done. Skills developed in the program are transferable to any of the real-world challenges faced by the civil society sector, business and government.  As professional networks and talents continue to evolve and grow, many of our students go on to explore opportunities as social entrepreneurs and social philanthropists.
  5. Distinguished faculty: Internationally recognized faculty, researchers and mentors teach required courses and elective courses and are accessible to students both inside and outside the classroom.  We also tap into the growing network of local leaders and professionals in Philadelphia as well as those in New York and Washington, D.C. as instructors and guest lecturers.
  6. A community of motivated and caring leaders: Each class is a self contained cohort of diverse students who learn together and begin to forge professional and personal relationships.  Students in the program come from rich backgrounds and have distinct work experience across multiple sectors and range in age from individuals directly out of college/university to individuals with anywhere between 2-10+ years of work experience.  Our students come from all over the globe and share their unique personal and professional perspectives to enrich the learning experience of each class of students.
  7. Individualized learning goals: This degree program encourages students to develop and nurture their individual skill sets and combine their internal passion with practical academic learning in order to be successful leaders.
  8. Flexible scheduling: Courses meet either once a week or in weekend modules, allowing for productive time outside the classroom.  Whether attending lectures on campus, networking with faculty and other graduate students, or participating in the Leadership Practicum, students gain important hands on skills.  The degree can be designed as an exhilarating full-time program completed over two academic semesters (or one academic year from late August to early May) or spread out as a part-time option allowing a reduced number of courses taken over the fall and spring semesters and summer sessions as well.
  9. Specialized training for a new global economy: Since the public, private and social service sectors are becoming increasingly interdependent, students preparing for business, government and nonprofit leadership need to be able to communicate across disciplines; build community together; address in a coordinate way challenging issues such as renewable energy; jointly revitalize a well-educated workforce; and ensure that the voices and talents of all are heard and productively employed.  Penn is passionately committed to this agenda.
  10. Leadership: Build the analytic skills that will advance your career by teaching you to think systematically and strategically about running nonprofit organizations.  Together with our teaching faculty and a cohort of engaged students, you will be challenged to find your own leadership style while coaching and supporting others in their leadership development.