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Master in Nonprofit Administration (MNA)

This degree provides a comprehensive preparation in leadership and management practices within the nonprofit sector. The 18 course curriculum responds directly to a recommended core curriculum as outlined by the Nonprofit Academic Careers Council. The program focuses on practical application of core competencies that leading nonprofit executives have stated are critical for effective leadership in the nonprofit sector.

Delivery Method

Online, with the possibility that some electives may be available at the University Center facility in Grayslake.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

  • Completed application, essay, and current resume

  • Two completed recommendations

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended

  • No GMAT or GRE required if cumulative GPA is above 3.0. Also waived if applicant has a graduate degree from an accredited institution or completes their first 5 SBNM courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Transfer Policy

Up to 4 courses (8 sh) from an accredited graduate program. Also, up to 2 core courses may be waived if taken at the undergraduate level with a grade of "B" or higher.

Special Characteristics

  • Graduates of the MNA are eligible for the SBNM's Lifetime Learning program, which allows them to take all further graduate management courses in the SBNM at a 50% tuition discount. A minimum of 8 additional courses can result in a second SBNM graduate degree.

  • Courses can also be taken at the main campus on the north side of Chicago.