NPL/Certificate in Jewish Communal Service

Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) students are able to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Communal Service at Gratz College. On its own, the NPL is a ten course unit (CU) degree, consisting of four NPL core CUs, four NPL elective CUs, and two Penn elective CUs. On its own, the Certificate in Jewish Communal Service is a six-course program. When students complete the NPL/Certificate in Jewish Communal Service program, two Gratz courses are applied to the NPL program as electives and one NPL CU is applied to the Gratz Certificate as an elective, allowing students to complete both programs together in thirteen courses.

It is strongly suggested that students utilize summer semesters to complete multiple courses toward the Certificate in Jewish Communal Service to minimize overloading during the Fall and Spring semesters of the NPL program, when students are also completing internships.

Full-time Course Grid

Summer 1:
2 courses at Gratz College (6 credits)

Fall 1:
1 course at Gratz (3 credits)

Spring 1:

Summer 2:
2 courses at Gratz (6 credits)

Part-time Course Grid

Summer 1:
2 courses at Gratz College (6 credits)

Fall 1:

Spring 1:

Summer 2:
2 courses at Gratz (6 credits)

Fall 2:

Spring 2:
1 course at Gratz (3 credits)

Summer 3:


Students pay SP2 tuition, and receive any applicable financial aid awards, for eight CUs at the University of Pennsylvania. Students pay Gratz tuition, and receive any applicable financial aid awards, for ten courses at Gratz College.


Applicants apply to both the NPL program at the University of Pennsylvania and the MA in Jewish Communal Services program at Gratz College. Separate applications are required for each program.

SP2 Admissions
Applicants adhere to the admissions criteria, deadline, and processes required for all NPL students. Learn more about applying to the NPL program.

Admissions Office

Gratz College Admissions
Learn more about the Gratz Graduate Certificate in Jewish Communal Service and applying to the program.

Gratz College
7605 Old York Road
Melrose Park, PA 19027
215-635-7300 x140

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