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Grand Valley State University's Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (M.P.N.L.) is offered through the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration and develops both the general knowledge and specific abilities needed for leadership in a fast-changing world.
The M.P.N.L. 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.
The M.P.N.L. degree is available to working professionals with at least three years of full time experience in management, or employment within the nonprofit sector. It consists of 36 credit hours of coursework, and students must meet with an advisor upon entry into the program to develop a program of study.
Minimum number of hours for graduation: 36
The admissions policies of the school follow the mission by our commitment to attract and educate a diverse student population that is dedicated to public service as a career. We seek students from diverse backgrounds, with various baccalaureate educations and professional experience in diverse public service activities.
A complete application to the M.P.N.L. program requires:
Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete. The admissions committee may request additional information or a personal interview if it deems them appropriate and necessary.
The admissions committee is looking for the evidence that an applicant will be successful if admitted into the M.P.N.L. program. This evidence can take several forms. Furthermore, the admissions committee considers each applicant as a whole student. No decision is based solely on any single factor. A strong applicant for the M.P.N.L. program will have the following:
An applicant concerned about falling short on the preceding criteria may want to consider these recommendations for securing favorable evidence of their competency to do graduate level work in the M.P.A. program.
In some cases, an applicant that is seen as strong except for a specific area of deficiency may be offered admission on a condition that they take a course to rectify that deficiency before proceeding with the M.P.N.L. coursework.
The M.P.N.L. degree consists of 36 credit hours for working professionals with at least three years of full time experience in management, or employment within the nonprofit sector.
The program core includes 21 credit hours, as follows:
Students select one emphasis area of study of nine credit hours. The choices of emphases are as follows:
Students choose three credit hours from the Philanthropy Topics, Trends, and Thought Leaders Workshop series.
x3 (1 credit each)