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Social Justice-Centered Nonprofit Leadership

Learn to lead for lasting impact

Our program is built on the national standards established by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council, the international membership association comprised of academic centers or programs at accredited colleges and universities that focus on the study of nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations, voluntary action, and/or philanthropy. 

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Acquire the tools and space to expand your perspective and understanding of the full range of possibilities to bring about social change. Bring your values forward and examine what it means to lead with purpose, while simultaneously setting your organization’s transformation in motion.

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Establish yourself with passionate leaders from all levels, including a thriving alumni network, ready to make change happen. Gain the skills and competencies to make connections, flourish in your organization, and build power within communities.

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Leverage your experience into a new role, created specifically for you, by you. Take an entrepreneurial approach to thinking globally about current nonprofit issues and community-based solutions. Reflect on your leadership and act deliberately for social change in the rapidly growing and changing nonprofit sector.

Your Cohort Experience

Peer learning and networks are core to your Master of Nonprofit Leadership experience

You act on your values, think critically, share and apply knowledge in real time with peers and in organizations. This foundation builds a diverse cohort of students who move through the program together, fostering relationships and collaboration. Throughout the MNPL program, you also present professional work to peers and organizations, building connections along the way.

Key Features


Designed for working adults with evening and weekend classes 


Active alumni network of regional nonprofit and philanthropic leaders


Scholarships and financial aid available

Focus on Core Competencies

Leadership  /  Governance /  Strategic Planning  /  Finance  /  Fundraising  /  Marketing and Communications  /  Human Resources Management  /  Program Design and Evaluation  /  Applied Research


Complete your 45-credit degree in 22 months

Dynamic coursework, taught by a distinguished mix of Seattle U faculty and practitioner instructors, builds on the diverse professional experiences that you and your cohort bring to the classroom.

  • 39 credits of core coursework, completed with your cohort
  • 6 elective credits

Your core coursework includes your 3-credit practicum

  • Consult with local nonprofit organizations
  • Immediately apply your classroom learning to real world situations

If you have extensive leadership and managerial experience, you may petition to replace the practicum with an elective course.

The program culminates in the Capstone Project, a synthesis of focused academic study and the results of your community practicum experience.

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  • Noreen Elbert

    Noreen Elbert

    Director and Assistant Teaching Professor

  • Christopher German

    Christopher German

    Graduate Program Coordinator