Master in Nonprofit Administration

The University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business

Program Description

Master in Nonprofit Administration

The University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business

Master in Nonprofit Administration

The Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) degree in the Mendoza College of Business delivers an education that in 2011 was ranked 4th in ethics by the Aspen Institute-Beyond Grey Pinstripes. Our program, which draws students from an array of undergraduate majors and varied work backgrounds, is designed for individuals with at least two years of post undergraduate nonprofit work or volunteer experience, and we strongly encourage an interview for entrance into the program.

Giving business professionals the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in our close-knit community and to better serve the nonprofit sector without leaving their current jobs, the MNA degree features on-site summer courses as well as fall and spring e-learning courses. The total time commitment on campus is 10 weeks over a two to four summer timeframe. During the first summer, four weeks of core courses are taken; during subsequent summers, courses are taken in two-week blocks. Distance learning courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters.

The degree includes 42 credit hours (30 core credits, 9 elective credits, and 3 credits for the field project) in a core curriculum that includes the fundamentals of managing or leading nonprofit organizations – from small community-based initiatives to large national organizations – and the exploration of critical strategic issues facing nonprofit leaders today. Classes range from economics and human resource management to ethics, marketing and board development. In addition to the core curriculum, students have many elective choices to customize their educational experience. These include leadership, investment, entrepreneurship, tax policy, and e-commerce.

For the individual seeking career development, whether in a nonprofit, government, social service, or advocacy organization, Notre Dame blends a world renowned tradition of academic excellence with a deep commitment to positive change in a program that allows degree completion in 14-50 months.

Core courses

  • Accounting for the NFP
  • Board Relations & Management
  • Decision Analysis & Statistics
  • Economics of NFP Enterprises
  • Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Field Project
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Legal Environment
  • Management Communication
  • Marketing for Nonprofits
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Planning & Policy


The Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) program in the Mendoza College of Business welcomes qualified applicants who possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. The following items are required for a complete application:

The Notre Dame MNA Program now offers qualified applicants the opportunity to apply for a GRE waiver.

  • A completed application form
  • Official TOEFL or PTE Academic score report (international students only)
  • A non-refundable application fee in the amount of $60.00, made payable to the University of Notre Dame
  • Official academic transcripts
  • A personal essay
  • Two completed recommendation forms
  • A current resume
  • Official GRE* scores (code 0883)
  • Though not required, we strongly encourage a personal interview with our program manager

*Note: Effective Aug. 1, 2011, the official GRE test will be revised. However, scores from GRE tests taken prior to Aug. 1, 2011 will be accepted during the yearlong rollout phase of the new exam. All GRE test scores are valid for five years from the date taken.

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  • English

Last updated February 17, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
14 - 50 months
Part time
35,000 USD
Start date Sept. 2017
USA Notre Dame, Indiana
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 14 - 50 months
Price 35,000 USD