Admissions Requirements

Requirements

Applicants for admission to the master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership Program at the School of Social Policy & Practice must meet all of the following criteria:

  • hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university anywhere in the world;
  • have a grade point average (GPA) that reflects strong academic ability and submit an official copy of a transcript from all colleges and universities attended (including community college and other degree programs);
  • for international applicants whose first language is not English, we require you to take the TOEFL exam. TOEFL scores must be at a level appropriate for advanced graduate work. Currently, we look for TOEFL test scores of 100 or higher (highest score is 120). The Institutional Code for reporting TOEFL scores is 2926 and the Department Code is 95. We will also accept an IELTS score of 7.5 or higher;
  • provide three (3) strong letters of recommendation, including preferably one professional and one academic recommendation (for accelerated applicants, one letter of recommendation must come from someone associated with the executive certificate program you completed);
  • complete the online application for admission including the application essay;
  • if seeking financial assistance, applicants should complete the appropriate information on the online application;
  • and submit payment of a nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be made with a major credit or debit card.

Application Essay

All applicants to the Nonprofit Leadership Program are required to write an application essay. There are four (4) questions we expect all applicants to answer when composing the application essay. Typically, we ask that applicants respond to the questions and compose a well-constructed essay not to exceed one thousand words with standard font and double spacing. This is your opportunity to explain why you want to attend graduate school and how you believe this master’s degree program will assist you in your educational and professional goals.

Transcripts

Applicants must submit transcripts detailing all undergraduate and postgraduate study. This includes coursework conducted at an applicant’s degree-granting institutions(s) as well as in study abroad programs and at institutions out of which an applicant may have transferred. Applicants should upload copies of their official transcripts (i.e. not screenshots from a student record or student grade system) that clearly displays their name, dates of enrollment, the names of all courses in which they enrolled, and the credits and grades for each class. Applicants should not mail hard copies of transcripts to the School for purposes of application review.

Applicants who are admitted are required to submit final, official copies of all transcripts prior to matriculation. Transcripts must provide confirmation of degrees conferred.

Attention International Applicants: Transcripts reflecting more than two semesters of study at institutions based outside of the United States must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by a third-party evaluation service such as WES or Educational Perspectives, or another NACES accredited member. This applies even if the studies were conducted in English and even if the transcript is printed in English.

Applicants with these international transcripts should upload their university-issued transcripts into the online application and order their official, third-party evaluations sent to the School of Social Policy & Practice. Please note that these international transcripts cannot be considered official until they have been evaluated and that their respective applications cannot be reviewed until the evaluations have arrived in the Admissions Office.

Application Deadline

The application to the NPL program is available online beginning in late September each year. The Early Application deadline is December 15th. Applicants who submit a complete application including all supporting documents by December 15th will receive a decision by January 15th.

The Regular Application deadline is January 15th. Applicants who submit a complete application including all supporting documents by January 15th will receive a decision by March 15th.

Select Early Application applicants who are not admitted to the program early may be considered in the Regular Application pool instead of being rejected.

Applications will be accepted and considered after January 15th only if slots remain to be filled in the program.

Accepted students must pay a nonrefundable deposit of $300.00 to secure a seat in the incoming class.

Application Fee

The application fee for the Nonprofit Leadership Program is $65.00. Applications received before December 1st will be granted a reduced fee of $25.00. Depending on circumstances, there are opportunities to request a fee waiver due to hardship. Fee waivers are considered on a case by case basis by the Admissions Office and/or the NPL Administrative Director.

The method of payment is through a major credit card as it allows us to process applications quickly.

Tuition & Fees

International Applicants

International applicants are eligible to apply for the full-time on-campus program and the online program, but due to visa restrictions, the university does not provide visa sponsorship for the part-time or online programs.

The Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership degree program is offered by the University of Pennsylvania, an institution of higher education authorized to confer degrees and certificates conferring academic credit under applicable laws of the United States. Students who are interested in participating in the program from countries other than the United States are advised that each jurisdiction may have its own laws and regulations governing online educational programs, and some jurisdictions may not recognize course credit or an online degree awarded by the University as satisfying local requirements for professional licensure, employment qualification, or other purposes. Before enrolling in this program, prospective students should investigate their jurisdiction’s treatment of foreign online programs to ensure that participation in this program will meet their objectives.

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