Master of Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership

Grand Valley State University educates students with the mission to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. Nowhere is this mission more effectively realized than when Grand Valley alumni become leaders of our voluntary and charitable organizations. Furthermore, there is no better way to prepare students for this role than through a program that builds the theoretical and practical knowledge critical to leading and managing these organizations.

The MPNL curriculum is designed to prepare students to act ethically and effectively in leading and managing philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, and to transcend traditional boundaries in the pursuit of prosperous, safe, and healthy communities..

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Balance.  Both scholars and practitioners serve on the faculty, sharing with you the latest research and real world experiences.

Flexibility. Our program is designed for full or part-time students, so you can set you own pace.

Diversity. Our classrooms are the most diverse at Grand Valley in terms of age, experience, gender, ethnicity, national origin, and political viewpoint. You will find our classrooms not only a place for building competencies, but also for developing intellectually and creating professional networks.

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the management segment of the nonprofit sector will grow by 12.8% from 2012 to 2022. Non-management specialist occupations like fundraisers, event planners, and management analysts are projected to grow by 12.7%.  See more...