Mar 03, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Nonprofit Leadership

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Learning Outcomes

Receiving the Masters of Nonprofit Leadership (MNL) from Pacific University prepares you to successfully build the capacity of nonprofit organizations as a follower, team member, and leader. The MNL is designed for the working professional seeking advancement in the nonprofit profession, career changers, and recent graduates interested in entering the nonprofit profession.

Leadership Development

  • Increase understanding and application of leadership theories and practices to self and with others specific to the nonprofit profession.
  • Develop and practice leadership, followership, and team skills in the context of a nonprofit organization and its community.

Foundations of Nonprofits in the Community and Society

  • Integrate the changing roles of the nonprofit within the community it serves and its responsibilities to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging.
  • Establish connections with the nonprofit sector’s evolution and future for mission-based organizations.
  • Create programs and services that are relevant to the mission and community served.

Financial Sustainability

  • Apply best nonprofit fiscal practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Achieve financial sustainability through integration of sound fiscal practices, fund raising, and earned income.

Leadership in Action

  • Advance the organization’s capacity through a positive and supportive culture.
  • Champion strategic processes that lead to focus, priorities, and mission attainment.
  • Build the capacity of people to achieve, prosper, and fulfill their goals.
  • Integrate leadership among staff, volunteers, board, and community members.
  • Build collaborations and partnerships that result in greater impact.

Admissions Requirements:

  • Students must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. 
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • Internship or practicum coursework in nonprofit, civic or social impact profession at the undergraduate or graduate level; or work (paid or volunteer) experience in nonprofit, civic, or social impact professions.  
  • No state or national exams are required.

Applicant information:

  • Submit the standard application form for Pacific University’s graduate program.
  • Please submit a 350-500 word paper that responds to “why are you interested in the Masters of Nonprofit at Pacific University?”
  • Arrange to have your official transcripts forwarded from your undergraduate degree.
  • Provide 2 current recommendations (link to form) completed by professional contacts that can attest to your ability to succeed in a graduate program.

Application Timelines:

  • You may submit applications at any time.
  • Full time cohort is open now until October 31. The full time 13 month cohort begins in January.
  • Part time students can submit applications for starting the next semester/term.
  • Applicants will receive acknowledgement that their applications have been received and acceptance/non-acceptance into the program within 4 weeks of submission.


  • $100 deposit

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