Jesuit Tradition

Nonprofit Administration

For centuries, Jesuit tradition has advanced academic excellence in the service of humankind —educating students of all cultures, beliefs, and capabilities, inspiring them to strive for academic excellence and social justice.

As part of this Jesuit tradition, the MNA is uniquely positioned to reinforce social justice and advocacy for the care of others.

Our Jesuit values combined with today’s managerial skills will help you to deliver high-impact programs and services to nonprofit organizations and NGOs.

Prepare to be challenged to use your critical thinking skills in a variety of ways and to rethink the everyday routine of nonprofit management.

We are focused on educating every student to live in a shared, global community, and we place a high priority on advancing humanity. 

The Jesuit values and Ignatian pedagogy are at the core of the MNA learning experience through the following elements


 Integrated and Holistic Education: The MNA program reflects the Jesuit values of educating the whole person (cura personalis). The teaching and learning philosophy and practices in the MNA program aims to assist students to develop their leadership values, along the necessary professional competencies and management skills to succeed in the nonprofit sector.  This perspective reflects the value of human dignity and community engagement – the characteristics and standards for classroom discussions and nonprofit collaborations. 

Leadership for Social Public Service: The education experience in the MNA program embeds the Jesuit values of educating women and men for others. The MNA program strives to develop socially engaged leaders and public servants working for benefitting programs, organizations, and systems that benefit society. The program contents, along with its curricula and co-curricula learning activities with California and international NGO leaders, are designed to develop competent leaders managers committed to the common good, community empowerment, sustainability and social change. 

Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigms: The educational experience in the MNA courses reflect the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP), a 450-year-old method of analysis based on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola (Ratio Studiorum, 1599). This method of analysis supports the MNA teaching and learning of nonprofit theories by integrating three elements: Experience, Reflection, and Action with a pre-learning element—, Context--, and a post-learning element--, Evaluation. Many worldwide impoverished communities employ this method of analysis in their activities for social change and community development. 

In addition, the MNA program promotes international, inter-cultural and inter-organizational diversity as reflective of the values of the global social sector. This, too, is another example of the Jesuit and USF values distinguishing the quality and level of engagement of our educational programs.

Contact Info

Admission: Graduate

Monday–Friday 9 a.m–5 p.m.

University of San Francisco
Downtown Campus
101 Howard Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 422-2221