NPL/Center for Social Impact Strategy Executive Programs

Alumni of Penn’s Center for Social Impact Strategy Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy, NAS’s Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy, and the Stuart Weitzman School of Design Executive Program for Social Innovation Design (XSD) 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 or NAS executive program must complete six (6) NPL credit units (CUs) at least four (4) CUs of which must be from the core offering. Students who enter the NPL program after completing the XSD executive program must complete seven (7) NPL credit units (CUs) at least four (4) CUs of which must be from the core offering.

Online Program

Over the course of one or two academic years, students will be required to take six (6) CUs for the CSIS and NAS accelerated programs and seven (7) CUs for the XSD accelerated program over one to two academic years. The final four (4) (CSIS & NAS) or three (3) (XSD) CUs required for the master’s degree will be applied to the degree retroactively from the CSIS, NAS, or XSD Executive Programs, thus earning ten (10) CUs of credit while completing six (6) or seven (7) CUs in the master’s program itself.

Students will choose their online coursework from the online course options, though they may take on-campus or NPL SP2 global courses for up to 2 CUs. Students must choose at least four (4) NPL core courses.

Sample Schedule

FallSpring
AugustSeptember - DecemberJanuary - AprilMay
Optional On-Campus Cohort Building and Networking2 NPL Core CU's2 NPL Core CU'sRecommended participation in cohort building activities and Commencement exercises
1 NPL CU1 NPL CU (2 NPL CUs for XSD accelerated students)

Students may also complete the program part-time taking 1 to 2 CUs over three to four semesters

On-Campus Program

Over the course of one or two academic years, students will be required to take six (6) CUs for the CSIS and NAS accelerated programs and seven (7) CUs for the XSD accelerated program over one to two academic years. The final four (4) (CSIS & NAS) or three (3) (XSD) CUs required for the master’s degree will be applied to the degree retroactively from the CSIS, NAS, or XSD Executive Programs, thus earning ten (10) CUs of credit while completing six (6) or seven (7) CUs in the master’s program itself.

Students will choose their 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 required courses.

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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