Elective Courses

The On-Campus Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership is an interdisciplinary degree program that enables students to enroll in elective courses within the University of Pennsylvania’s twelve graduate and professional schools. In addition to four core NPL courses, each candidate for this degree will complete four NPL elective courses (see course descriptions) and two additional Penn electives.

Students can take appropriate and relevant graduate level courses at any of Penn’s graduate and professional schools:

  • The Annenberg School for Communication
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Law School
  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Design
  • School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Policy & Practice
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Wharton School of Business

On-campus students take required core NPL courses during the fall and spring semesters and electives are taken throughout the year. Part-time on-campus students take most of the core courses in the first three semesters and electives in the later part of the program. The NPL academic advisor will work with students to go over an array of potential course electives tailored to the interests and strengths of the individual student.

At this time, the Online Master’s Program in Nonprofit Leadership requires students to take the vast majority of classes in the NPL program, but as Penn offers more online course options, online students will be able to take electives outside of NPL.

Note: Course offerings vary from year to year and there may be semesters where a particular course is not offered. Each graduate and professional school will list the course offerings on their individual websites, and students should check these sites for the latest information on availability of courses.  Students are encouraged to contact the course instructor for additional course information, updates, and course syllabi.

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