Welcome to the Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership (MNAL) at the Levin College of Urban Affairs.
Nonprofit organizations are distinct from business and government in that they blend private structures with public purposes. Effective managers need an understanding of how nonprofits interact with public and private institutions.
The Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership (MNAL) is a two-year degree designed to prepare students with knowledge of core management functions and competencies such as fundraising, financial management, human resource management, philanthropy, proposal writing, program development, program evaluation and applied management.
Nonprofit management, administration, and leadership is a rapildy growing career field in high demand. This degree draws on the strengths of leading scholars and practitioners with expertise in human resources, volunteerism, philanthropy and the political character of nonprofits in civil society.
The MNAL is an interdisciplinary collaboration of the Levin College of Urban Affairs, the College of Business and the School of Social Work as well as other programs at Cleveland State University. This degree provides students with the tools to build management skills and knowledge of nonprofits in order to improve their employment opportunities, advance in their organization, or to make a career change.
Students complete a total of 40-44 semester hours. A full-time student can complete the program in two academic years. The MNAL program consist of seven core classes (27-28 credits), three elective classes (9-12 hours), and a capstone course (NAL 656 or NAL 657). Pre-service students may complete an internship for elective credit.
Core Courses: 7 courses; 27-28 Credit Hours
The following courses were selected in accordance with curricular guidelines established by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).
Electives: (non-exhaustive list); 3 courses; 9-12 Credit Hours
Required Nonprofit Capstone: 4 Credit Hours
Graduate Certificate and Transfer Credits
Levin College graduate certificate and transfer credit hours may apply towards the MNAL degree.
Transfer credits for required courses are subject to department approval. For further information contact the Levin College Student Services Graduate Advisor at (216) 523-7522 or email email@example.com.
The Northeast Ohio area has one of the highest concentrations of nonprofit organizations nationally with more than 6,000 nonprofits in Cuyahoga County. In a 2005 Monthly Labor Review, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that the nonprofit sector was the only source of employment growth in U.S. cities between 1995-2003, growing at a rate of 16% over this period.
Studies by organizations such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Bridgespan, a nationally recognized nonprofit policy institute, project that the demand for senior managers in the nonprofit sector will quadruple over the next two decades.
Careers in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership:
A complete application consists of:
All application materials should be sent to:
Graduate Admissions Office
Cleveland State University
Parker Hannifin Hall, Room 227
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214
To learn more about the admission requirements visit the Graduate Catalog's Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership information page.
International student information (including applications) can be found at Cleveland State University’s Center for International Services and Programs page.
Cleveland State University has financial assistance programs covering all of the major Federal and State grants and loans. The mission of CSU is to help meet the direct educational costs for a large number of the student population. Levin College of Urban Affairs provides some scholarships, fellowships, endowed internship funds, graduate assistant positions, and paid internships to qualified students.