On-Campus (full- and part-time)

The Nonprofit Leadership on-campus program consists of a total of ten (10) graduate level course units (CUs). Each student takes eight (8) NPLD CUs (of which four [4] are required NPLD core CUs) and two (2) Penn elective CUs.

The full-time on-campus Nonprofit Leadership Program consists of two (2) semesters of course work plus a nonprofit placement for professional development (the Leadership Practicum). Students take five (5) CUs in the fall and spring semesters for a total of ten (10) CUs. Students in the NPL Program take eight (8) NPLD CUs (of which at least four [4] are NPLD core CUs), and two (2) Penn elective CUs. Students may select to take all ten (10) of their CUs within the NPLD course offerings.

The part-time Nonprofit Leadership Program typically includes at least four (4) semesters of course work. The majority of part-time students take two (2) course units (CUs) each semester for five (5) semesters for a total of ten (10) CUs over 2½ academic years. Students enrolled in the part-time option can complete the program in as short as three (3) semesters (taking 2-3 CUs over the summer) or as long as six (6) semesters (or three [3] academic years).

Hybrid (August 2018 - May 2019)

The Nonprofit Leadership hybrid program consists of a total of ten (10) graduate level course units (CUs). Each student takes four (4) NPLD on-campus CUs, three (3) required NPLD core online CUs, and selects three (3) NPLD elective online CUs from a menu of options.

The one year program begins on-campus with two (2) CUs and cohort building in August. Students then take three (3) CUs between September and December and three (3) CUs between January and April through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online classes. Students complete the program on-campus with two (2) CUs and a graduation ceremony in May.

Online (Starting August 2019)

The Nonprofit Leadership online program consists of a total of ten (10) graduate level course units (CUs). Student takes ten (10) NPL CUs from a menu of core and elective credits. Students can also elect to include on-campus classes in their course of study if they are able. The one year program includes and option on-campus orientation and cohort building in August and graduates may participate in Commencement in May.

Course of Study

Course of Study

Course of Study

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Course Descriptions - On-Campus Program

Course Descriptions - On-Campus Program

Course Descriptions - On-Campus Program

View the course descriptions for on-campus NPLD classes.

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Course Descriptions - Hybrid Program

Course Descriptions - Hybrid Program

Course Descriptions - Hybrid Program

View the course descriptions for online NPLD classes.

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Elective Courses

Elective Courses

Elective Courses

Each student will complete four NPL elective courses and two additional Penn electives.

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Leadership Practicum

Leadership Practicum

Leadership Practicum

The Leadership Practicum builds upon core competencies and principles of leadership developed in the classroom.

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Dual Degree Programs

Dual Degree Programs

Dual Degree Programs

NPL students can pursue four dual degree programs.

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Partnerships

Partnerships

Partnerships

On-campus students can pursue partnership opportunities.

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Degree Policies & Requirements

Degree Policies & Requirements

Degree Policies & Requirements

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