Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership

Program Overview

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Nonprofit organizations are distinct from business and government in that they blend private structures with public purposes. Effective managers need an understanding of how nonprofits interact with public and private institutions.

The Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership (MNAL) is a two-year degree designed to prepare students with knowledge of core management functions and competencies such as fundraising, financial management, human resource management, philanthropy, proposal writing, program development, program evaluation and applied management.

Nonprofit management, administration, and leadership is a rapidly growing career field in high demand. This degree draws on the strengths of leading scholars and practitioners with expertise in human resources, volunteerism, philanthropy and the political character of nonprofits in civil society.

The MNAL is an interdisciplinary collaboration of the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs, the College of Business and the School of Social Work as well as other programs at Cleveland State University. This degree provides students with the tools to build management skills and knowledge of nonprofits in order to improve their employment opportunities, advance in their organization, or to make a career change.

Admission Requirements & Financial Aid


Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for admission application requirements.

All application materials should be sent to:
Graduate Admissions Office
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214

Financial Aid

Cleveland State University has financial assistance programs covering all of the major Federal and State grants and loans. The mission of CSU is to help meet the direct educational costs for a large number of the student population. Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs provides some scholarships, fellowships, endowed internship funds, graduate assistant positions, and paid internships to qualified students.

For more information on financial aid contact the Public Affairs Student Services Center at (216) 687-3884, or the CSU Financial Aid Office at (216) 687-5411.

Career Opportunities

The Northeast Ohio area has one of the highest concentrations of nonprofit organizations nationally with more than 6,000 nonprofits in Cuyahoga County. In a 2005 Monthly Labor Review, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that the nonprofit sector was the only source of employment growth in U.S. cities between 1995-2003, growing at a rate of 16% over this period.

Studies by organizations such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Bridgespan, a nationally recognized nonprofit policy institute, project that the demand for senior managers in the nonprofit sector will quadruple over the next two decades.

Careers in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership:

  • Public Policy
  • Planning and Community Development
  • Museums
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Arts
  • Civic
  • Social Service
  • Environmental
  • Professional Associations
Contact Information

Interim MNAL Program Director: Dr. Clayton Wukich

Dave Arrighi, Graduate Programs Coordinator
Public Affairs Student Services Center
Telephone: (216) 523-7522 / E-mail:

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