MNAL At A Glance

Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership

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  • Eva McKnight
  • Edwin-Hubbard
  • Linda Uveges

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The Levin College is ranked 2nd in the nation in Urban Policy.

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University is recognized as one of the best public affairs colleges in the nation according to US News & World Report. Levin is ranked 2nd in the US in the specialty of Urban Planning and Policy, and maintains strong standings in the specialties of Local Government ManagementNonprofit Management, and Public Management and Leadership.


The Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership (MNAL) program enables students to develop management skills and deepen their understanding of nonprofit administration in order to improve their employment opportunities and advance the organizations they serve. This degree draws on the strengths of leading scholars and practitioners with expertise in volunteerism, philanthropy, human resources, and community engagement.

The MNAL coursework provides foundation in core management functions and competencies required to lead nonprofit organizations, with curriculum in the following areas:

  • Nonprofit leadership, applied management, and organizational behavior
  • Fundraising, revenue generation, and philanthropy
  • Human resource and volunteer management
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Financial management and public sector economics
  • Proposal writing
  • Managing urban diversity
  • Public administration and policy

The MNAL program is comprised of 39-43 credit hours, including core courses, electives, and a capstone. View the MNAL curriculum sheet to learn more.

Our mentoring program, internships, and additional networking opportunities enhance professional development, augment the student experience, and help advance careers.


Careers in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership

Nonprofit management, administration, and leadership is a rapidly growing career field in high demand. Across the US, 12.3 million people work for nonprofit organizations. Studies by organizations such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Bridgespan project that the demand for senior managers in the nonprofit sector will quadruple over the next two decades.

The Northeast Ohio area has one of the highest concentrations of nonprofit organizations nationally with more than 6,000 nonprofits in Cuyahoga County. Graduates of the MNAL program are well-prepared for leadership roles and successful careers in areas such as:

  • Community development
  • Healthcare administration
  • Museums and arts organizations
  • Foundations and philanthropy
  • Social services and civic engagement
  • Environmental advocacy and sustainability
  • Public parks and recreation systems
  • Education


Streamlined Application Process and Courses that Fit Your Schedule

Application fees and standardized test score requirements are waived for spring 2022 applicants!

Levin’s graduate programs are designed to accommodate part-time, mid-career students, as well as full-time students. Courses are offered primarily during the evenings. Full-time students can complete their graduate degree in two academic years.


Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

The Levin College offers graduate assistantship opportunities and over thirty dedicated scholarships for Levin students. Graduate assistantships are competitive, providing a stipend and potential tuition support to qualified students.


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