Why Pursue an SPNHA Graduate Program?

Graduate programs in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration (SPNHA) will prepare students for lives of active citizenship in the local, regional, national, and global communities which they serve. Continue your studies with dedicated staff members who use innovative curriculum and real industry connections to provide you with the skills you need to thrive in today’s workforce. Earn a master’s degree in Public Administration, Health Administration, or Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, or a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. Students come to the SPNHA with diverse academic backgrounds and can use their interests to craft a curriculum that is personal to them.

SPHNA Inspires. SPNHA Delivers.


Over 90%
Graduate Placement Rate
SPNHA Inspires
Graduates report high levels of job satisfaction.
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Program Offerings

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) is the primary professional degree for the public and nonprofit sector. The M.P.A. program develops skills and techniques used by leaders and managers to implement policies, projects, and programs in public-serving organizations.

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A GVSU public administration alumna working at her job in Grand Rapids.

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

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.

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The Richard M. DeVos Center on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus. Home of SPNHA.

Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.)

The Master in Health Administration (M.H.A.) prepares graduates for managerial and leadership roles in the challenging and complex field of nonprofit health care administration. The curriculum develops advanced executive abilities through a combination of core competencies and specialized areas of concentration.

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A GVSU Health Administration graduate student downtown.

Nonprofit Leadership Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership provides a unique opportunity to pursue a theoretically based and practically oriented education in leadership for nonprofit professionals. This program offers nonprofit managers the up-to-date professional skills and perspectives required to lead their organizations in the rapidly changing and complex nonprofit sector of society. This program is available fully online.

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GVSU Public Administration graduate classroom.

Why SPNHA Graduate Programs at Grand Valley?

  • SPNHA graduate programs serve both part- and full-time students with a flexible delivery that includes evening and weekend courses, workshops, and Web-enhanced learning.
  • Students learn from, are mentored by, and conduct research with experienced faculty members from diverse specialties.
  • Professors are invested in the lives of their students and encourage a culture of collegiality and collaboration. 
  • Opportunities for students to collaborate with both faculty and their peers on field-related research and engagement projects.
  • Professional internship opportunities are available and encouraged.
  • The Johnson Center's collection for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is one of the country's most comprehensive collections of books, journals, and audiovisuals on the nonprofit sector and is available to students.

About the College of Community and Public Services

The College of Community and Public Service (CCPS) creates a dynamic learning environment for our students and empowers our community partners with quality research and data.  Our accomplished faculty offers a wide range of expertise, including criminal justice, health administration, hospitality, human welfare, nonprofit management, public service, philanthropy, social justice, and tourism.

The College of Community and Public Services at GVSU.

For More Information

School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration
Dr. Raymond Higbea, Department Chair 
(616) 331-6869 
[email protected] 

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