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Nonprofit Administration

Our Master of Arts in Nonprofit Administration (NPA) and Certificate in Nonprofit Management programs expand your ability to innovate in your organization and impact your community. We help you develop the skills necessary to lead, change, and advance social justice.

Why JCU?

"I began seeing differences almost immediately in my professional capacities as a young leader in the nonprofit sector."

Programs of Study

You'll be prepared to serve your organization and community through a curriculum that teaches leadership, team-building skills, ethical values and practices, and nonprofit financial and resource management, as well as provides planning, strategy, and development tools.



The Certificate of Nonprofit Management (CNM) is intended for students who are new chief executives, currently in a senior leadership role in a nonprofit, or moving into the sector from senior or executive leadership in business or government.

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The 5th-Year B.S.B.A./M.A. Program in Nonprofit Administration will allow students pursuing an undergraduate degree to complete either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in any major and an M.A. in Nonprofit Administration within a five-year time frame.

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The M.A. in Nonprofit Administration is an interdisciplinary professional degree program. Coursework in the program is offered by faculty from both the Boler College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. The program is intended for those who have or expect to have careers managing or administering nonprofit organizations.

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Program Highlights

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Why choose John Carroll?

The mission of the Nonprofit Administration program is to develop unapologetic social justice leaders. At JCU, you'll take evening classes with fellow working professionals from northeast Ohio and build your network as you collaborate on projects. You'll also receive personal attention from experts who are full-time faculty and/or practitioners in the field and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills you can put into practice immediately. Learn beside the current generation of nonprofit professionals as they — and you — become the future leaders of our sector.

2 Years

The M.A. program can be completed in as little as five semesters (two academic years).

Program Overview

Both full-time (9 credit hours) and part-time students are eligible, so you can work at your own pace. The M.A. consists of 36 hours of coursework, including a capstone project. These courses are flexible and can be taken in seven-week (summer) or 15-week (fall/spring) semesters. The certificate program consists of 15 credits and is designed to be flexible and adaptable to your specific needs and interests. All courses meet one night a week from 6:30pm-9:15pm.

Students in the nonprofit administration program study with faculty and peers from JCU's Boler College of Business. Taking classes in both the College of Arts and Sciences and Boler exposes you to different personal and professional perspectives, preparing you to lead a team with diverse experiences and voices.

The mission of the Nonprofit Administration program is to develop unapologetic social justice leaders.


Scholarships are available to students enrolled in the program.

Financial Assistance

Several forms of financial assistance are available to students in the nonprofit administration program.

  • Scholarships are available to students enrolled in the program.
  • A limited number of graduate assistantships provide a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours per year, plus a stipend. Graduate assistants are expected to spend 20 hours per week working for the department.

  • The University's Office of Student Enrollment and Financial Services offers assistance with student loans.

News and Events

October 26

NPA Program Credited with Helping Students Advance Their Careers

April 19

L. Danielle Drake and Collin Ries Named 2020 Nonprofit Leaders of Tomorrow

January 30

NPA Program Becomes ARNOVA, NACC Member

December 12

Nonprofit Alumni: Colleen Corrigan Day