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For more than 25 years, Seattle University's Nonprofit Leadership program has led the way.
Our curriculum combines a commitment to social justice, the latest in leadership theory and nonprofit research, and the practical management skills and dexterity required of nonprofit leaders. You work with a distinguished mix of Seattle University faculty and practitioner instructors, learn with a cohort of peers, expand your portfolio, and build your network among nonprofit and philanthropic leaders in the region. When you graduate, you join a community of more than 450 alumni who are leading change in nonprofit, public and private organizations around the world.
You are a recent graduate or in an entry-level position in the nonprofit sector. You are ready to fully apply your talents, knowledge and experience, developing new skills and expanding your understanding of the field.
You are a full-time professional in the nonprofit sector ready to move to the next level. You are prepared to leverage your current experience and fill knowledge gaps, setting your sights on reimagining your leadership.
You are ready to learn how to apply the skills and perspective of your successful career to the causes that matter most to you. This is your time to embrace the future, center your values, and follow your passion to make lasting change.
Our faculty has direct nonprofit work experience and we know the work and dedication it takes to continue your education. Our master’s degree, designed for working professionals, and hybrid graduate certificate allow you to get the education you need while continuing to build your career. With multiple scholarships and financial aid available, and with faculty and community partners focused on helping you achieve your goals, we help you transform the world.
Built on the national standards established by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council.
“The MNPL program offered me theories and strategies that I could immediately put into practice. The program also gave me space to reflect on issues of equity and access in the nonprofit sector, where boards and staff don’t often reflect the communities they serve. Today, I am practicing the kind of leadership I want to see in the sector.”
“The MNPL program gave me a renewed sense of hope. Coming from work with the federal government, I saw how we often fail to reach the people who need help the most. Through this program, I realized that it is possible for community members to take care of one another through nonprofit work. We can fundraise and create programs to support one another. With my degree, I can work with community leaders to guide and help them through this process.”
“The MNPL program made a huge impact on every aspect of my life. It has empowered me to lead in areas that I might have shied away from before. It not only provided me the tools I need to succeed, but also those required to truly make difference in the world. I learned more than I’ve ever expected and the cohort model is an amazing built-in support system.”
“The MNPL program has been instrumental in helping me develop my leadership and solidify my core values. The knowledge I gained, connections I made, and leadership skills I learned all played crucial parts in getting the opportunity to step into my current role.”
“Joining the MNPL program was hands down one of the most rewarding and practical moves I’ve ever made. I’ve never felt more valued and engaged. My cohort challenged me, my professors empowered me, and I gained identity within my own right as a leader. I walked away with transferrable, hard skills that have already helped promote me twice to effectively serve others.”
"The personal and professional growth I experienced in the MNPL program broadened my horizons, my perspective, and my sense of worth to the community. The cohort model, taught by the region's top nonprofit leaders, offers the most valuable, real-world education and training available. It mirrors what I know to be true about agencies that successfully meet and even exceed their mission: it's all about relationships. The program presented me with new insights into my skills, style and leadership. The connections I made at Seattle U., especially my fellow cohort members, continue to be a source of support and strength today."
As we come to the end of 2022, much has changed. Both during times of challenge and celebration—we are thankful for you—our community of leaders, learners, and change-makers.
Nov 15, 2022
Zana Crite, MNPL '22, worked with Companis to improve their storytelling in support of agency, volunteer, and donor engagement
Jul 28, 2022
These alums and current students were selected to participate in the 2021 ARNOVA Graduate Diversity Scholars & Leaders Professional Development Program.
Jan 24, 2022
Several art commissions by local Black artists, honor the Central District neighborhood’s history and cultural vibrancy.
Nov 2, 2021
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