NPL/Center for Social Impact Strategy Executive Program

Alumni of Penn’s Center for Social Impact Strategy Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy and NAS’s Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy are eligible to complete the Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership in an accelerated, on-campus or online format.

The MS in Nonprofit Leadership is a ten (10) credit master’s program. Students who enter the NPL program after completing the CSIS executive program must complete six (6) core NPL credit units (CUs).

Online Program

Over the course of a single academic year, students will be required to take six (6) CUs online. The final four (4) CUs required for the master’s degree will be applied to the degree retroactively from the CSIS or NAS Executive Programs, thus earning ten (10) CUs of credit while completing six (6) CUs in the master’s program itself.

Additional information about the course progression and offerings can be found in the table below. Students will choose their online coursework (3 CUs in the fall semester and 3 CUs in the spring semester) from the online coursework offered. Students must choose at least four (4) NPL core courses.

FallSpring
AugustSeptember - DecemberJanuary - AprilMay
Optional On-Campus Cohort Building and NetworkingSocial Finance (1 CU)Nonprofit Fundraising and Philanthropic Capital (1 CU)Optional participation in Commencement exercises
Social Entrepreneurship (1 CU)Public Private Partnerships (0.5 CU)
Data Analysis for Social Impact (1 CU)Leadership Designing the Future (1 CU)
Design Thinking (1 CU)Managing Volunteers for Impact (1 CU)
Ethics and the Pursuit of Social Impact (0.5 CU)Performance Measurement (0.5 CU)
The Difficult Art of Listening (0.5 CU)Nonprofit Marketing & Branding (0.5 CU)
Social Media Strategies (0.5 CU)

NPL core courses are listed in bold text.

On-Campus Program

Over the course of one or two academic years, students will be required to take a total of six (6) CUs on campus. The final four (4) CUs required for the master’s degree will be applied to the degree retroactively from the CSIS Executive Program, thus earning ten (10) CUs of credit while completing six (6) CUs in the master’s program itself.

Students will choose their six (6) CUs from these offerings. Students may choose from the NPL core courses and NPL elective courses, but should plan to take at least four core courses. Students may not take Penn Electives to satisfy the six (6) CUs.

Contact Information

For additional information about completing the NPL program as an alum of the CSIS or NAS executive programs, please contact:

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