University of San Diego

School of Leadership and Education Sciences

M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management


Office of Graduate Admissions, 5998 Alcala Park

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management

Format: Campus

Program Description:

MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management Designed by, for, and with local practitioners, this integrated course of study melds state-of-the-art leadership theory with cutting-edge management models, strategies and tools designed to teach professionals how to create and manage high-performance nonprofit organizations. All class take place in the evenings or occasionally on weekends. The curriculum is focused on applied learning, which facilitates the transfer of knowledge from theory to practice. Through the process of: conducting and producing organizational audits, market research and marketing plans, development plans, and legislative campaigns; designing research-based programs and evaluation models; and creating capital campaign feasibility studies, students learn how to be politically and technically proficient in bringing best practices to nonprofit organizations. The resulting products ultimately comprise a portfolio illustrating the students’ proficiency in a number of key areas, and deliverables are put into action in real nonprofit organizations as well as stored in an online library of best practices as a public resource. Optional certification with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is available to students and alumni of this master’s program. Samples of Applied Projects • Board Development Plan for the San Diego Hunger Coalition • Fundraising Plan for the San Diego Audubon Society • Employee Performance Evaluation Process for Jewish Family Service • Community Action Plan for Casa Cornelia Law Center • Strategic Planning for the San Diego Cooperative Charter School • Capital Campaign Feasibility Study for Mama’s Kitchen


The University of San Diego is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

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