Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (M.P.N.L.) at Grand Valley

Grand Valley State University's 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. Students will learn to lead and manage philanthropic and nonprofit organizations ethically and effectively, and go beyond traditional boundaries in the pursuit of prosperous, safe, and healthy communities.

Why Study Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley

  • Faculty Research Opportunities. Opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research projects.
  • Innovative Curriculum. Innovative curriculum designed to meet diverse educational needs.
  • Real-world Learning. Develop skills in effective, ethical leadership and management.
  • Flexibility. The program meets the needs of part-time and full-time students with evening and weekend courses, workshops, and Web-enhanced learning.
  • Academic Resources. Grand Valley library's endowed Johnson Collection for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is one of the country's most comprehensive collections of books, journals, and audiovisuals on the nonprofit sector.

Course Offered

The Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program is a minimum of 36 credits. Students will study a variety of topics, including:

  • Financial management
  • Fund development
  • Grantmaking
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit management
  • Program evaluation
  • Social entrepreneurship

See the full course list.

Career Options

Graduates are employed in a variety of professions, including;

  • Finance,
  • Fundraising,
  • Grant writing, and
  • Program development.

The Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program admission requirements are available here. The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley.

View the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Admissions Requirements


For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll. 

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