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Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, M.P.N.L.

The master of philanthropy and nonprofit leadership prepares students for careers or advancement in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector through classroom study, applied research, professional development, and field experience.


9%
U.S. Job Growth by 2025
8%
West Michigan Job Growth by 2025
1st
GVSU Ranking as a West Michigan Talent Provider

Source: EMSI, 2020

Program Overview

Students will learn 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.

The M.P.N.L. degree is for professionals with at least three years of full-time experience in management, and/or employment within the nonprofit sector. It consists of 36 credit hours of coursework. Students can pursue the following emphases:

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