Bachelor of Arts (BA)/NPL

Sub-Matriculation Plan

Open to Penn College Undergraduate Students

The Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership is an innovative degree option available to students in Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences who embrace the challenge of transforming and leading in the nonprofit sector. Highly qualified students complete this accelerated program in one semester beyond their BA Degree. This accelerated program is designed to attract academically talented undergraduates with defined career goals in the area of nonprofit leadership, nonprofit management and social impact.

Requirements for submatriculating into the Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) program include:

  • application for sub-matriculation,
  • application for the NPL Program,
  • being in good academic standing throughout time at the College with a declared major (GPA of at least a 3.33 or higher);
  • three letters of recommendation;
  • and work/volunteer experience in either the nonprofit sector or recent exposure to social impact or entrepreneurial ventures

Also note the following:

  • Attainment of the bachelor’s degree is necessary before continuing to the final semester of the NPL Program. The MS degree will be completed in the semester after the BA is awarded. A total of ten (10) graduate courses must be completed to confer MS in Nonprofit Leadership.
  • GRE scores are required, but for submatriculants the NPL Program will accept SAT/ACT test scores in lieu of the GRE.
  • The College requires their students to complete and submit a submatriculation application form along with consultation from the College advising office. This form must also be submitted to the SP2 Admissions Office before the application review process can begin. The form can be emailed to apply@sp2.upenn.edu or delivered to the Caster Building (3701 Locust Walk).

Students should apply for submatriculation in the spring of their sophomore or junior year. An individual plan of study will be prepared and agreed upon by the appropriate College advisor and the School of Social Policy & Practice to assure the integrity of both degree programs. Submatriculants remain eligible for undergraduate financial aid for the normal eight (8) semesters of the BA program. Submatriculants are not eligible to receive scholarships from the School of Social Policy & Practice. They may, however, apply for federal student financial aid. The summer after graduation from the College, each student must complete a full-time practicum before they start their final fall semester of study.

Typical Education Plan for the Sub-Matric Option for Juniors

Sophomore Year: Make formal application to the NPL sub-matriculation program.
Junior Year: Take one NPLD class for each fall and spring semester.
Senior Year: Take a combined two to three NPLD classes in the fall and spring semesters in consultation with the NPL academic advisor.
Summer: After senior year, take one graduate level summer class and complete a practicum with a nonprofit organization.
Fall Semester after BA: Take remaining NPLD classes required to complete degree in December.

Typical Education Plan for the Sub-Matric Option for Seniors

Junior Year: Make formal application to the NPL sub-matriculation program.
Senior Year: Take two NPLD classes for each fall and spring semester in consultation with the NPL academic advisor.
Summer: After senior year, take one graduate level summer class and complete a practicum with a nonprofit organization.
Fall Semester after BA: Take remaining NPLD classes required to complete degree in December.

The College allows up to four (4) courses from outside the School of Arts & Sciences to count toward the undergraduate degree. Thus, four (4) courses from the School of Social Policy & Practice can be used in this way and be “double counted” toward the course requirements in the MS in Nonprofit Leadership.

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