Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Strengthen your ability to lead nonprofit organizations.

This program is designed around industry standards for nonprofit management education, including the graduate curriculum guidelines established by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC). You will study such topics as organizational and community collaborations; multicultural and diverse population needs; employee and volunteer development; legal, regulatory, and tax issues; financial analysis and reporting; marketing; program evaluation; strategic planning; and advanced skills in fund development and stewardship—all from a nonprofit perspective. People who choose this specialization often wish to pursue leadership, faculty, or consulting positions in nonprofit organizations or are considering starting their own nonprofit organization.

This graduate degree program has been retired. Prospective learners might be interested in the Master of Public Administration Nonprofit Management specialization.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

We have not yet collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella's Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership is designed around industry standards for nonprofit management education, including the graduate curriculum guidelines established by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).
  • Capella's Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership will strengthen your ability to lead nonprofit organizations and develop innovative solutions to community problems
  • Working with a national network of experienced faculty and professional peers, you will gain an in-depth understanding of your own field, plus insights from professionals in other fields, such as public administration, public safety, and health care, that often collaborate with you to address today's complex challenges.

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Analyze the historical and theoretical development of charity, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector as a component of local, national and international society.
  2. Integrate the dynamics of philanthropy with effective revenue development strategies and practices.
  3. Lead innovative performance to achieve organizational and programmatic goals, including the tools of collaboration, communication, and technology.
  4. Steward all resources of the organization toward effective achievement of optimal performance.

Master of Public Administration Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Public Administration degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Capella Public Service Leadership Master's Guide

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Public Service Leadership Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Master of Public Administration Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Public Administration degree program have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Public Service Leadership Master's Guide

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Public Service Leadership Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2013 and June 2014. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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