MNA Alumna Imani Brown.
Nonprofit Administration, MNA

Program Overview

Earn a specialized Master of Nonprofit Administration degree in the dynamic setting of downtown San Francisco. The University of San Francisco Nonprofit Administration degree program draws from key partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), nonprofits, foundations and entrepreneurs involved in international development and global engagement. 

Program Highlights

Students deepen their socially committed scholarship through a customized curriculum that may include academic global immersions, international internships and global capstone projects.

The curriculum combines practical, hands-on and real-world organizational projects with innovative methods, approaches, and tools in social, environmental and economic impact assessment.

The USF Difference

  • Students can choose between the full-time or part-time program
  • Flexible programs with weekday evening classes for busy working professionals
  • Project-based and experiential learning within San Francisco’s vibrant nonprofit community
  • Small, seminar-style classes in cohorts to foster diverse, critical, and intercultural conversations
  • Classes begin every fall semester (end of August) in San Francisco

I was a young executive of a private foundation looking to deepen my understanding of the sector. I met some amazing people and engaged in real time learning that I applied at work the very next day. I am now an advisor, teacher, and author focused on effective philanthropy and governance and work with some of the most significant philanthropies in the country helping them scale their impact."

Alexa Cortes Culwell ’95 Co-founder and Managing Director of Open Impact

Full-Time MNA FAQ

  • The full-time program takes one year to complete.

  • Courses occur weekday evenings, and one morning class at USF's downtown San Francisco campus location.

    Courses are also offered online. Remote students participate in the same session with in person students and engage in all activities and exercises. Remote students can also attend by reviewing the video recorded session and contributing within a week with Canvas based discussions and online modules.

  • The GRE/GMAT and work experience are not required for the full-time program.