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M.A. Nonprofit Administration

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Nonprofit Administration is an interdisciplinary professional degree program with coursework offered by both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Boler College of Business. The program prepares students to serve their organizations and their communities by teaching practical administrative tools used in nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofits play increasingly important roles in today's society, often filling the gaps in human and social services. The administrators of these of these organizations must have the necessary leadership skills that this program provides.

The Nonprofit Administration Program is a complete learning experience. It involves exposure to the field, practical instruction, case-based learning, and learning experiences that are necessary to link theoretical instruction to applied settings.

What Will You Learn?

Our M.A. in Nonprofit Administration program expands 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.

Candidates for the M.A. are required to successfully complete the 36-hour program as described below and in the terms defined by the Graduate Studies Office of John Carroll University. All courses listed here are three-credit courses. View a sample course plan.


Twelve Courses

Eight Required, Four Electives

Required Courses

All courses listed must be taken (24 hours):

NP 501 Overview of Nonprofit Administration

NP 515 Leadership & Management

NP 540 Fundraising for Nonprofit Administrators

NP 575 Board & Executive Leadership

NP 595 Integrative Capstone Project

AC 572 Accounting & Tax Issues for Nonprofit Organizations

EC 501 Economics for Nonprofit Managers

MHR 591 Business Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility

Twelve Courses

Eight Required, Four Electives

Elective Courses

Select four courses from the following (12 Hours):

NP 504 Social Entrepreneurship

NP 510 Internship in Nonprofit Administration

NP 520 Advocacy for Nonprofit Organizations

NP 530 Professional Communications for Nonprofit Administrators

NP 541 Advanced Fundraising for Nonprofit Administrators

NP 550 Public Policy Analysis & Program Evaluation for Nonprofits

NP 555 Cultural Diversity

NP 560 Quantitative & Qualitative Analysis for Nonprofit Administrators*

NP 563 Nonprofit Marketing

NP 570 Strategic Decision Making

NP 580 Independent Study

MK 521 Principles of Marketing

MHR 588 Strategic Human Resource Management, OR

MHR 589 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management


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 15 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.

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Why choose John Carroll?

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.