Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM)

Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (online)

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The Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM) degree is intended for professionals who work in or desire to work in the nonprofit sector. This program provides an opportunity to obtain an advanced degree that addresses the unique character of nonprofit organizations and the social sector.

Program Details

Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management

The Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management degree is intended for professionals who work in or desire to work in the nonprofit sector. The program provides an opportunity to obtain an advanced degree that addresses the unique character of nonprofit organizations and the social sector. Students interested in nonprofit management and social sector organizations explore research, theory, and the practice of management and leadership in the nonprofit sector.  Students who complete the degree gain leadership skills and knowledge in topics such as the management of human resources (both paid and volunteer), fundraising, program evaluation, fiscal management and governance in nonprofit organizations. The degree allows graduates enhanced recognition and credentials similar to students who have graduate degrees in administration or management.  Completion of the master of nonprofit leadership and management on average requires approximately two years of study. Students take core required courses and select from a wide variety of elective courses under the advisement of an assigned faculty member.  Students complete the degree by taking the capstone course that integrates and synthesizes material from prior courses.

The master of nonprofit leadership and management (MNLM) is available as an in-person/iCourse program or as a completely online program

MNLM program details

Core required courses

You must choose when starting your application.The MNLM consists of a minimum of 33 credit hours. Students are required to take 18 credits of core coursework, 3 units of which are a capstone course (NLM 620) that is completed at the end of the student's program of study. The course is integrative and case-based allowing students to synthesize material from prior coursework.

  • NLM 510 The Nonprofit Sector
  • NLM 520 Financial and Resource Management
  • NLM 530 Program Evaluation & Information Management
  • CHOOSE ONE:  NLM 540 OR NLM 545 
  • NLM 540 Strategic Human Resource Management
  • NLM 545 Volunteer Resource Management 
  • NLM 550 Philanthropy
  • NLM 620 Capstone: Integrative Seminar

Elective courses

Students also complete 15 credits of related elective coursework from a selection of NLM courses (see below). In addition to nonprofit leadership and management (NLM) courses students may choose one 3-credit course not listed below on their program of study as long as they can establish an intellectual and professional development objective that substantiates the course. Approval must be obtained using Elective Approval Petition prior to enrolling in a course chosen outside NLM offerings. All elective courses are taken online in intensive 7.5 week (6 weeks in the summer) format.

    • NLM 525 Fundraising and Resource Development
    • NLM 540 Strategic Human Resource Management
    • NLM 545 Volunteer Resource Management
    • NLM 560 Leadership and Ethics in the Nonprofit Sector
    • NLM 562 Social Entrepreneurship
    • NLM 565 Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
    • NLM 570 International Nongovernmental Organizations 
    • NLM 572 Community and Social Innovations
    • NLM 605 Nonprofits, Law and Society
    • NLM 610 Executive Leadership and Governance
    • NLM 598, Nonprofit Organizational Behavior

    One other course as pre-approved by committee (Must use Elective Approval Petition). 

    The Petition for Elective Approval form with the requested class syllabus and an unofficial transcript must be submitted to the ASU Lodestar Center via mail or email by the following deadlines. Petitions received after these deadlines will not be considered that semester.

    Petition Deadlines:

    Fall Semester - May 1
    Spring Semester - November 1
    Summer Term -  March 1

    Mail or deliver in person: ASU Lodestar Center, 411 N. Central Ave., Suite 500, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Email:   nonprofit@asu.edu or Fax:     602.496.0952 

    MNLM admission requirements and application process

    Application Deadlines:

    Fall - July 1

    Spring - December 1

    Summer - April 1. 

     It is best to apply well before the start of the semester in which you would like to begin your studies.

    • Apply for admission to the Graduate College. There is an online application where you will submit all your information. You will be required to pay a $70 nonrefundable application fee (non-U.S. citizen fee is $90). You will receive an e-mailed acknowledgment letter from the Graduate College that will include an ID number and information on how to access your My ASU page. You may check your application status on My ASU. 
    • You must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average equivalent to a "B" (3.0) average. Official transcripts for all graduate and undergraduate work must be submitted to the Graduate College in sealed envelopes, stamped and verified by the issuing institutions.
    • Send transcripts to: Arizona State University  Graduate College Admissions Administration B-Wing, Room 170  PO Box 871003  Tempe, Arizona 85287-1003.
    • In the online application process, you will be required to submit a written professional statement describing your purpose in pursuing the master's degree and your nonprofit experience. 
    • In addition, a current resume will be required outlining your previous professional and volunteer activities.
    • The GRE is not required for this program.
    • The online application will require three letters of recommendation from current or former employers, current or former faculty members, or others who are familiar with your scholarly and professional abilities and characteristics. You will need the name, email address, title, and organization from whom you will be requesting recommendations. Your three recommenders will be e-mailed a link to complete an online recommendation form. 
    • International students should also submit TOEFL scores - TOEFL institution code: 4007.  See additional details for international students. 
    • You must provide proof of Measles Immunization before attending classes. 

    Please note: Because ASU receives applications from many highly qualified students, some applicants may be denied admission for reasons not related to their academic performance (e.g., program capacity, mentor availability, program match).

    You may start your application now by going to the Graduate College website.

    Contact information

    For general questions about the master of nonprofit leadership and management, contact April Maguire at (602) 496-0500 or email at nonprofit@asu.edu.

    You may also wish to contact the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Mark Hager, about a particular interest or to schedule a consultation. Contact Dr. Hager by e-mail at Mark.Hager@asu.edu.