About this program
Metropolitan State University's Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM) program prepares students for a wide range of career and leadership opportunities in the nonprofit sector. The state-of-the-art curriculum addresses the most critical challenges faced by nonprofit managers and leaders, program professionals, and directors on nonprofit boards. The MNLM program is available in three formats: regular face-to-face classes, a totally online format and hybrid classes which alternate meeting in the classroom and online. You can choose the format you prefer, depending on your individual preferences or circumstances, including a mix of all three formats.
The MNLM program offers:
- A broadly based professional degree that demonstrates your ability to lead and manage a broad range of nonprofit organizations and programs.
- A practical education that equips you to design and manage new ways to address pressing social problems.
- Preparation to provide ethical leadership within your organization and in the public arena.
- A learning environment that is enriched by a highly diverse student body and outstanding practitioner scholars.
- Preparation for work and careers that increasingly cross organizational and sector boundaries.
- The choice to complete your degree completely on campus, completely online, or in a combination of online and on-campus courses.
The MNLM degree is designed to prepare nonprofit leaders and professionals with a broad-based education to pursue a wide range of opportunities in the nonprofit sector. This degree positions graduates to seek and succeed in leadership roles at all levels of organizational management, including executive director, program director, organizational management and board leadership.
This program is ideally suited for persons interested in starting a nonprofit or pursuing social enterprise options in a business environment. In a world where professionals are increasingly expected to make multiple job changes during their careers and work across the sectors, this degree is a very practical choice that integrates study of nonprofit leadership and management with public and for-profit perspectives.
MNLM students are required to complete these four sets of courses:
- Program Fundamentals: Fundamental concepts and skills that undergird the entire MNLM program.
- Strategic Skills and Knowledge: Core competencies for all nonprofit professionals.
- Focus Areas: Nonprofit Leadership and Management courses, plus electives in specific areas of practice.
- Capstone: Final project and MNLM program integration.
All MNLM students must complete 40 graduate credits.
The MNLM program curriculum is consistent with the guidelines of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).
Resident faculty members are primarily:
- Holders of doctoral degrees in their fields
- Authors of applied and refereed publications
- Experienced in their academic fields.
Additionally, the MNLM program has a strong community faculty fully committed to educational excellence in applied scholarship. All community faculty have either a master's or a doctorate in their area of instruction as well as professional expertise in their fields. Metropolitan State ensures the quality of its community faculty through a careful selection process, extensive training through our Center for Faculty Development and regular student evaluations.
Graduates of the MPNA program should be able to:
- Understand the historic, current, and evolving role of the public and nonprofit sectors in shaping public policy, promoting civic negotiation, and advocating for the public good.
- Apply practical research methods and techniques in information management, economics, public and organizational policy, human resource management, and organizational analysis to support the decisions of public and nonprofit professionals
- Understand the theories and best practices related to public service, including organizational behavior, strategic management, ethical leadership, and respectful engagement with diverse cultures.
- Interpret and apply methods of budgeting and control, revenue diversification, financial management, and performance evaluation to achieve financially sustainable and accountable public agencies and nonprofit organizations.