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The Nonprofit Administration Program, started in 2006, develops unapologetic social justice leaders. The graduate program, offering a Master of Arts and Certificate option, is an interdisciplinary and inter-college program that educates and empowers the current as well as the next generation of nonprofit leaders. Our courses are taught by faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Boler College of Business augmented by practitioners who are experts in their discipline. Our director, who also teaches in the program, is a veteran nonprofit leader with over 25 years of experience.

It is an applied program, teaching best practices, skills, and knowledge students can put into practice immediately. It is also a generative program that challenges students to question the status quo, create answers together and move the needle to improve their agencies and change their communities.

Many, if not most of our students, are working professionals. As such, all of our courses are taught at night. Students join our program in an effort to learn foundational skills, seek new knowledge, and prepare for new opportunities. We also have several students who, after careers in corporate America, are preparing to move into the nonprofit sector.

The intimate class sizes and cohort experience ensures that our students are part of a supportive environment and network from day one. Professors and fellow classmates develop a support system that ensures professional development inside and outside of the classroom. In addition, our students have the opportunity to take courses in the Boler College of Business and College of Arts and Sciences with students outside the Nonprofit Administration program. Flexible class scheduling ensures that working professionals can continue to thrive in their career while learning new skills that apply in the office the next day.

There are impressive employment opportunities in the nonprofit sector.

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.

No, the program covers a wide variety of topics that are pertinent to organizations across different sectors. The course electives provide an opportunity to specialize in certain areas that match your interests. The program helps students enhance management skills that are needed regardless of nonprofit, government, or private organization that they will work with.

We invite you to follow the John Carroll University Nonprofit Administration Page on Facebook and Twitter. These sites have links to upcoming events and opportunities.

Contact Us:

Dani Robbins
Director, Nonprofit Administration
(216) 397-1568,

Colleen Sommerfeld
Assistant Dean for Graduate
Recruitment and Retention
(216) 397-4902,