Master of Nonprofit Administration

Program Director:
Marco Tavanti

The Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) degree program enhances degree candidates’ knowledge, expertise, and engagement in the nonprofit sector. The MNA program serves the community by educating competent managers and future leaders to "change the world from here."

The MNA program is designed for students already working or planning to work in nonprofit corporations, foundations, voluntary associations, community organizations, or nongovernmental organizations. The curriculum addresses issues and problems of nonprofit management, and helps students master relevant concepts, skills, and analytic tools. Courses investigate the political, economic, legal, and social environments of nonprofit organizations. Students gain knowledge of organizational behavior and management theory, and develop skills in specific areas such as governance, fundraising, human resources management, financial management, legal issues, and advocacy. 

Program Requirements for Students Starting in Fall 2014

The MNA degree requires 36 credits. Ten courses consolidate the curriculum, with a focus on applied management and leadership.

           Or
  • NPA 678 - Leading Social Change: Institutions and Policy

Program Requirements for Students Starting in Fall 2013

The MNA degree requires 39 credits—30 credits from core courses, including a 3-credit capstone course, and 9 credits from elective courses. The latter may be either MNA elective courses (678, 682, 683) or other relevant graduate courses in the University. The MNA courses are listed below:

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of all degree coursework with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of a capstone portfolio project
  • Successful completion of all degree requirements

MNA Learning Goals

The MNA program focuses on three main goals: 

  • Development of values and engagement in the community for becoming responsible global citizens.
  • Development of skills and competencies in the profession for becoming competent managers.
  • Development of knowledge and perspectives in the nonprofit sector for becoming ethical leaders for the common good.

MNA Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the roles of the nonprofit sector in the US and internationally, and provide examples of those roles.
  • Identify and explain the similarities, differences, and connections between nonprofit management and management in the for-profit and public sector
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge in strategic planning, board governance, fundraising, nonprofit financial management, legal requirements, human resources, nonprofit marketing, advocacy, and program evaluation.  
  • Identify ethical issues brought forth in their classes, and discuss how these ethical considerations impact the work of nonprofit managers.
  • Complete a portfolio that integrates learning from the entire program and encapsulates the results of students’ work.