Master of Nonprofit Leadership

Ignite Your Leadership. Accelerate Your Career.

Equip yourself with the critical tools needed to create a just and humane world with one of the first graduate degrees in the country developed specifically for nonprofit leaders.


In collaboration with our faculty and your cohort of peers you will:

  • learn to think critically,
  • act on your values,
  • apply classroom theory to real-world problems.

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Your investment:


MNPL Cohort 2020 with WA Speaker Frank Chopp

The MNPL program helped me build a network in a city that was new to me, increased my confidence… and continues to offer guidance and support.

Liz Flores-Marcus, MNPL '16

Learn to lead for lasting impact

Focus on core competencies, including:

  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Planning
  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Human Resources Management
  • Program Design and Evaluation

Additional learning opportunities:

  • Electives allow you to explore your interests in greater depth.
  • In your practicum, you apply theory in a professional setting.

Built on the national standards established by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council.

25 Years of Nonprofit Leadership

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For 25 years, the Graduate Programs in Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University have been preparing leaders for "a more just and humane world". Thank you for your support and joining us to celebrate 25 years of Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University last October! We had an exciting event and were thrilled to honor the ENGAGE, ADVOCATE, and IMPACT Alumni Awardees.

You are in good company

Join a network of alumni, students and seasoned professionals

For more that 25 years, our alumni have been providing leadership and creating social change in communities throughout the world.

From the time you join the program and throughout your career, you are connected to our wide and active network of nonprofit professionals and nonprofit organizations.

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Events and Information Sessions

    Nonprofit Leadership


    Elizabeth Dale

    Elizabeth Dale

    Interim Director


    Angela Cabatbat, Program Coordinator, Nonprofit Leadership

    Angela Cabatbat

    Program Coordinator


    Sarah Curtis-Tilton, Senior Admin Assistant, Nonprofit Leadership

    Sarah Curtis-Tilton

    Senior Administrative Assistant


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    Gabriel Manriquez shares how the MNPL program has helped his leadership development.