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Nonprofit Administration Programs


Our Master of Arts in Nonprofit Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management programs expand your ability to innovate in your current organization or at your future nonprofit job. These programs make community impact possible. We help you develop the skills necessary to lead, change, and advance social justice.

Programs of Study

You'll be prepared to serve your organization and community through a curriculum that teaches leadership, team-building skills, ethical values and practices, and nonprofit financial and resource management, as well as provides planning, strategy, and development tools.



The Certificate of Nonprofit Management (CNM) is intended for students who are new chief executives, currently in a senior leadership role in a nonprofit, or those moving into the sector from business or government, to help accelerate careers and enhance professional growth.

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The 5th-Year B.S.B.A./M.A. Program in Nonprofit Administration will allow students pursuing an undergraduate degree to complete either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in any major and an M.A. in Nonprofit Administration within a five-year time frame.

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The M.A. in Nonprofit Administration develops, educates and empowers students to excel in their nonprofit organization. This uniquely focused interdisciplinary and cross-college program brings together the College of Arts and Sciences and the Boler College of Business. Students in the program benefit by interacting with classmates of diverse backgrounds and experience, including those serving in local charities, current nonprofit leaders and to those new to the sector. The program encourages students to learn collaboratively —at a university dedicated to social justice.

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Program Highlights

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Why choose John Carroll?

The mission of the Nonprofit Administration program is to develop unapologetic social justice leaders. At JCU, you'll take evening classes with fellow working professionals from northeast Ohio and build your network as you collaborate on projects. You'll also receive personal attention from experts who are full-time faculty and/or practitioners in the field and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills you can put into practice immediately. Learn beside the current generation of nonprofit professionals as they — and you — become the future leaders of our sector.

2 Years

The M.A. program can be completed in as little as five semesters (two academic years).

Program Overview

The M.A. consists of 36 hours of coursework, including a capstone project. These courses are flexible and can be taken in seven-week (summer) or 15-week (fall/spring) semesters. The program caters to working professionals so you can work at your own pace, while serving in your current nonprofit job. 

The certificate program consists of 15 credits and is designed to be flexible and adaptable to your specific needs and interests. All courses meet one night a week from 6:30pm-9:15pm.

Students in the nonprofit administration program study with faculty and peers from JCU's Boler College of Business.Taking classes in both the College of Arts and Sciences and Boler exposes you to different personal and professional perspectives, preparing you to lead a team with diverse experiences and voices.

The mission of the Nonprofit Administration program is to develop unapologetic social justice leaders.



The per credit hour tuition rate for the Nonprofit Administration Programs reflect John Carroll's commitment to social justice. 

Financial Assistance

Several forms of financial assistance are available to students in the nonprofit administration program. 

  • A limited number of graduate assistantships provide a tuition waiver for up to 15 credit hours per year, plus a stipend. Graduate assistants are expected to spend 20 hours per week working for the department.

  • The University's Office of Student Enrollment and Financial Services offers assistance with student loans.

Our Team and Resources

Students within the nonprofit administration program study with faculty and peers from both JCU's College of Arts and Sciences and Boler College of Business—offering exposure and collaboration with a variety of different personal and professional perspectives.

The inter-college program utilizes a mix of tenured faculty and experienced practitioners who are experts in the nonprofit field. Together, they introduce students to a vast network of nonprofit professionals from Northeast Ohio as guest speakers, offering first-hand knowledge of nonprofit leadership and current best practices.


A Master of Arts or Certificate in Nonprofit Administration will set you apart when you apply for your next nonprofit job. The mass exodus of baby boomers coupled with the impact of the pandemic have tested leaders like never before. The combination has resulted in tremendous movement of staff and in roles throughout the nonprofit sector.  

Many leadership jobs have come open this year and others will open over the next several years. If you’ve always wanted to go back to school for a Masters or a Certificate, now may be the time!

Why Choose a Career in Nonprofit Administration?

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics:

  • There are 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S.
  • These organizations generate annual revenues of $1.74 trillion (2013).
  • Nonprofit organizations contributed to 5.3% of the GDP in 2014.

According to the Independent Sector:

  • Ohio is home to 60 thousand nonprofit organizations.
  • Nonprofits employ 11.6% of the state’s workforce.
  • Ohio nonprofits generate $103.2 billion in annual revenues.
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What is The Nonprofit Leader of Tomorrow Award?

The Nonprofit Leader of Tomorrow Award recognizes a graduating student in the Nonprofit Administration Program who exemplifies academic excellence, leadership, and service to the community. Learn more here:

The image above features our 2021 Nonprofit Leader of Tomorrow, Katy Fuerst '21G! 

News and Events

July 7

Miranda Barnewall takes the NPA Program to Third Street Family Health Services

June 13

Mark Grabowski takes the NPA Program to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio

May 19

Hannah Hill takes the NPA Program to Saint Joseph Academy

May 10

Kendra Cundiff takes the NPA Program to BakerHostetler