LAKERS TOGETHER: Grand Valley is preparing for successful learning experiences when classes resume on Aug. 31. Learn more about the plan for fall in this handbook.
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.
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.
Application deadlines are:
Materials required to complete your graduate application
We seek applicants will at least an undergraduate 3.0 GPA from an accredited college or university. Alternatively, submitting strong GRE scores, having professional work experience, holding a graduate degree or certificate, or having successfully completed graduate course work as a non-degree seeking student or in another program will be considered as evidence of academic potential.
Ratio of MPNL graduate faculty to graduate students
Share of regular faculty that have doctorates (PhD, EdD, or professional doctorate).
CollegeChoice.net website ranks our MPNL program as the #8 Best Master’s in Non-Profit Management in the nation.
Number of years of work experience required for admittance to the MPNL program.
Share of MPNL students who are first generation students (Fall 2017)
The pilot year for the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council's accreditation process, of which our MPNL program will be a participant.
The completion of the MPNL requires a minimum of 36 credits. For information on tuition per credit hour and other fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website.
Graduate Program Director: Michelle Wooddell
Michelle Wooddell, Graduate Program Director
Connect Early, Connect Often
Make regular appointments with Carlos Martinez in the Career Center and with your faculty advisor to discuss your post-graduation plans. (Consult Banner to identify your advisor.)
Articles of Interest:
BLS Occupational Outlook:
Selected job boards
average number of credit hours attempted by MPNL students in a semester (Fall 2017)
the average MPNL class size (2017-18)
The number of different majors that MPNL students had as undergraduates (2014-2017)
the number of different colleges and universities from which MPNL students matriculated (2014-2017)
Average GPA for MPNL students entering the Fall 2017 semester.
Projected growth from 2012 to 2022 for management positions in the nonprofit sector (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Currently, no nonprofit programs are accredited. However, we are in the process of applying for accreditation by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) and are in the council's first cohort in 2018.
Student Learning Outcomes
Student Body Profile
MPNL students Fall 2013 to Fall 2017
Veronica (Dainelis) Minard (MPNL '16) is currently Marketing and Communications Coordinator for West Michigan Works!
Suzie Blake (MPNL '18) is currently Donor Relations Director at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.