Adler University

Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management


17 N. Dearborn Street

Chicago, IL 60602

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management

Format: Online

Program Description:

The nonprofit sector has rapidly grown over the last decade. Today, it employs the United States’ third-largest labor force, and is a major structural and economic force abroad. Demand-and opportunity-continues to grow for nonprofit administrators who have strong technical skills, the capacity to build relationships, and the ability to effectively engage communities. Preparing professionals for this fast-growing field, the Adler School’s Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management program is designed for recent college graduates; working or mid-career professionals, board members, and philanthropists seeking to advance their knowledge and careers; and those interested in changing careers or starting nonprofit organizations. Our comprehensive program prepares nonprofit administrators with the skills necessary to build, lead, and sustain healthy organizations—skills that include managing employees, overseeing daily operations, and cultivating effective partnerships. At the same time, our program uniquely focuses on socially responsible practice and the real-world application of theoretical approaches that address the social, organizational, and cultural issues that affect nonprofits. Students are trained in practices that build effective systems for maximizing collaboration, ownership, inclusion, and engagement-both among employees within the organization and stakeholders in the community. Our School’s unique emphasis on social justice and inclusion is integrated throughout our intensive online coursework, as well as real-world experience through community engagement projects that support career success after graduation. Our students are well-prepared for a wide range of positions with nonprofit organizations of local, regional, national, and international scope: in education, philanthropy, human service, advocacy, business and labor, healthcare, science, the arts, and much more. Our unique emphasis on socially responsible practice means our students and faculty embrace a broad range of perspectives and theoretical approaches. They work to build and maintain bridges across social, economic, cultural, racial, and political systems through practice. They empower others to identify and address shared problems, and foster the development of social equality, justice, and respect through compassionate action.

Take a virtual tour of our innovative Chicago Campus. Contact our Admissions Counselors today to discuss programs of interest, attend an Open House, and learn about scholarship, employment and financial aid opportunities.
Numerous scholarships are available to new students based on a range of criteria—including financial need, academic excellence, mission relevance, and community involvement and service. Our financial aid counselors provide ongoing personal consultations and webinars about the financial aid process and funding your education.
Our programs fill quickly—contact us today to learn more and apply.
Adler University
For a more just society
Established in 1952. Not-for-profit.


The Adler School is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Locale: Large City