Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership (MA)

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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership program is designed to prepare students for administrative positions with human service and community action agencies.  The program provides a contemporary approach to administration as a sense-making, problem solving activity that emphasizes leadership rather than management.  Students learn to analyze organizational problems from multiple perspectives, empower leadership practices, and develop qualities associated with effective leadership and informed decision-making. The courses in this program provide a human development foundation and integrate a human relations orientation with conceptual and technical skills. A required field experience provides additional opportunities for considering issues from a variety of perspectives and to make the connections between theory and practice.

Program Requirements

The program in Nonprofit Leadership requires a minimum of 36 semester hours. Please see the Graduate School Catalog for a detailed list of program requirements.

Estimated Time to Complete the Program

Students carrying a full-time course load can reasonably expect to complete the program in two years. Students carrying a part-time course load have up to a maximum of five years to complete the program.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School, individuals seeking admission to the Nonprofit Leadership program should have an undergraduate major GPA of 3.0/4.0 and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75/4.0.  Applicants may be required to submit official scores from the GRE General Test or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) if other admission requirements are not met.  Applicants must also submit three professional and/or academic letters of reference, one of which must be from a current supervisor.

Department Contact Information

Graduate Program Coordinator
Mr. Brad McMillan, (309) 677-4408,

Interim Department Chair
Dr. Jenny Tripses, (309) 677-3593,

Department Secretary
Candace Clark, (309) 677-3193,