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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com or Fax: 602.496.0952
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.
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.
For general questions about the master of nonprofit leadership and management, contact April Maguire at (602) 496-0500 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.