MASTER OF SCIENCE IN

NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP 

Lead visionary organizations working to make meaningful change every day. 

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World-Class Faculty

Our faculty are expert educators, researchers, and practitioners, drawing on decades of experience in areas such as philanthropy, the role and effects of new media on nonprofit organizations, ethical dilemmas that arise in nonprofits, and management and leadership challenges in social enterprises. 

On-Campus Full Time

On-Campus Full Time

Courses may be offered all day Friday or Saturday, over one or two entire weekends, or in one-week intensive sessions. 

A number of NPLD courses are half CUs, and two are required to meet the 1 CU requirement.

On-Campus Part Time

On-Campus Part Time

In the on-campus part-time Nonprofit Leadership Program, most students take two CUs each semester for five semesters for a total of 10 CUs over 2.5 academic years and a mentorship with a nonprofit leader (the Leadership Practicum). You can complete the program in as little as four semesters 2.5 CUs each semester or as long as three academic years. 

Part-time students must adhere to all program requirements on a part-time basis. 

The minimum course load for students is one (1) course unit per semester and the maximum is two and a half (2.5) course units per semester. 

Although completion is recommended within three years, part-time students must complete the degree within five years from the date of acceptance into the program. 

With approval from the Program Director, students can complete the requirements at an accelerated pace. This typically includes taking two or more credits over the summer. 

Students enrolled in the part-time NPL Program must attend classes held during the day (typically in the afternoon) and/or evenings. Some courses are offered all day Friday and Saturday, over an entire weekend or two, or in one-week intensives. 

A number of NPLD courses are half CUs, and two are required to meet the 1 CU requirement. 

 

Online Full Time

Online Full Time

Online Part Time

Online Part Time

In the online part-time Nonprofit Leadership Program, most students take two CUs each semester for five semesters for a total of 10 CUs over 2.5 academic years and a mentorship with a nonprofit leader (the Leadership Practicum). You can complete the program in as little as four semesters (taking 2.5 CUs each semester) or as long as three academic years. Students can also take courses offerings in the on-campus program. The program also includes an optional on-campus orientation and cohort building in August, and graduates are encouraged to participate in Commencement in May. 

Part-time students must adhere to all program requirements on a part-time basis. 

The minimum course load for students is one (1) course unit per semester and the maximum is two and a half (2.5) course units per semester. 

Although completion is recommended within three years, part-time students must complete the degree within five years from the date of acceptance into the program. 

With approval from the Program Director, students can complete the requirements at an accelerated pace. This typically includes taking two or more credits over the summer. 

Courses are a mix of live and recorded content with most live sessions meeting once a week 

A number of NPLD courses are half CUs, and two are required to meet the 1 CU requirement. 

Leadership Practicum

The Leadership Practicum enhances your understanding of leadership in nonprofits and social enterprises and fosters a commitment by nonprofit leaders to cultivate the next generation of transformative leaders. You’ll witness leadership in action and benefit from individual mentoring and leadership development. 

FEATURED ALUMNI

Rico Pasamba III, MS‘20

“The NPL Program has given me the knowledge to make informed and impactful decisions, the confidence to lead teams, and a group of lifelong friends and classmates who serve as an awesome support system.”

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