Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership

Program Overview

Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership
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In response to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, Cleveland State has updated graduate application processes. The application fee is being waived through Fall 2021 and students who are not able to take the GRE will have this requirement waived. 

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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.

Admission Requirements & Financial Aid


Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for admission application requirements.

All application materials should be sent to:
Graduate Admissions Office
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214

Financial Aid

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.

For more information on financial aid contact the Levin College Office of Student and Enrollment Services at (216) 687-3884, or the CSU Financial Aid Office at (216) 687-5411.

Career Opportunities

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:

  • Public Policy
  • Planning and Community Development
  • Museums
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Arts
  • Civic
  • Social Service
  • Environmental
  • Professional Associations
Contact Information

Interim MNAL Program Director: Dr. Clayton Wukich

Prospective students please contact:
Kristen Blazek, Coordinator of Student Recruitment
Office of Student and Enrollment Services
Schedule a visit to Levin College.
Telephone: (216) 687-4506 / E-mail:

Current students please contact:
Dave Arrighi, Graduate Programs Coordinator
Office of Student and Enrollment Services
Telephone: (216) 523-7522 / E-mail:

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