Master of Nonprofit Administration

University of San Francisco - School of Management

Program Description

Master of Nonprofit Administration

University of San Francisco - School of Management

Develop a deeper understanding of nonprofit management as you investigate the political, economic, legal and social environments of nonprofit organizations.

Home to the nation's first graduate degree in nonprofit administration, USF's program ensures you acquire the tools you need to strengthen your leadership abilities, identify ethical considerations and effect positive change.

The MNA program includes a variety of course activities and discussions with contemporary scholars and current leaders in California's nonprofit sector so that you may broaden your leadership and critical thinking skills.

Develop the skills for success as an executive director, development director, or program/service leader at nonprofits ranging from the humanities, education, and religion to health, human services, and social change-oriented missions.

Work alongside classmates who share in your professional ideals and aspirations while enjoying the challenges of a rigorous academic curriculum.


  • Saturday classes offered at USF’s Downtown San Francisco and San Jose campuses
  • Small, seminar style classes to foster experiential learning and enriched conversation
  • Classes begin every fall semester (San Francisco) and spring (San Jose)
  • Wide range of scholarship and financial aid options
  • Member of NACC, an international association comprised of accredited colleges and universities that focus on the study of nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations, voluntarism, and/or philanthropy

Admission Nonprofit Administration Application Requirements

Official Transcript(s) – Upload copies of transcripts from each accredited college or university attended to the online application. If admitted to the program, instructions for sending official, sealed transcripts will be provided.

Résumé – Submit a current résumé. Two years of professional work experience is preferred.

Letters of Recommendation – Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter should come from a professional contact. Enter the recommenders' email addresses directly into the online application for electronic submission. If the recommender must submit a hard copy letter by mail, please request that your recommender complete a form to include with his/her letter.

Statement of Purpose or Essay – A 500 to 1000 word essay about your personal/professional background and why you have decided to pursue this nonprofit degree at the University of San Francisco. Please be sure to include the extent and significance of your nonprofit-related career and voluntary experience, your academic background and perceived qualifications to pursue a graduate degree, your specific area of interest in reference to the MNA program, and your career objectives upon graduation.

English Proficiency – All applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic score. Any applicant who has completed two or more years of a degree program at a higher education institution in the U.S.A., or any of the exempt countries listed in the International Applicants section below, is waived of this requirement.

Program Requirements

The MNA degree requires 36 credits. Ten courses consolidate the curriculum, with a focus on applied management and leadership.

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of all degree coursework with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of a capstone portfolio project
  • Successful completion of all degree requirements

MNA Learning Goals

The MNA program focuses on three main goals:

  • Development of values and engagement in the community for becoming responsible global citizens.
  • Development of skills and competencies in the profession for becoming competent managers.
  • Development of knowledge and perspectives in the nonprofit sector for becoming ethical leaders for the common good.

MNA Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, students will be able to:

Describe the roles of the nonprofit sector in the US and internationally, and provide examples of those

    <li>roles.</li> <li>Identify and explain the similarities, differences, and connections between nonprofit management and management in the for-profit and public sector</li> <li>Demonstrate and apply knowledge in strategic planning, board governance, fundraising, nonprofit financial management, legal requirements, human resources, nonprofit marketing, advocacy, and program evaluation.</li> <li>Identify ethical issues brought forth in their classes, and discuss how these ethical considerations impact the work of nonprofit managers.</li> <li>Complete a portfolio that integrates learning from the entire program and encapsulates the results of students’ work.</li>

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    Last updated March 8, 2016
    Duration & Price
    This course is Campus based
    Start Date
    Start date
    Sept. 2017
    1 year
    Full time
    39,960 USD
    Start date Sept. 2017
    USA San Francisco, California
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    Duration 1 year
    Price 39,960 USD