Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership and Management

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2017-2018, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on August 10, 2017. Access the catalog of record at

Program Requirements 

Required Courses (27 units)
LEAD 500Research, Design and Evaluation of Nonprofit Programs4
LEAD 501Nonprofit Sector: Theory & Practice3
LEAD 503Nonprofit Finance3
LEAD 505Developing Human Capital3
LEAD 506Resource Development and Marketing3
LEAD 507Community Partnerships & Civic Engagement3
LEAD 510Board Development2
LEAD 550Integral Leadership Theory3
LEAD 559Leadership and Organizational Change3

Please note: In rare instances where a student has a demonstrated competency in one of the core curriculum subjects the student may approach the program director and subsequently, the course professor, about opting out of that course. If the director and professor agree, the student may substitute elective units for those required courses. No other course substitutions will be granted.

Electives (students will select 9 or more units)
LEAD 504Human Relations for Leaders1
LEAD 508Grant Making for the Greater Good2
LEAD 509Legal Issues, Human Resources and Risk Management2
LEAD 511Strategic Planning and Positioning2
LEAD 512Beyond Collaboration1
LEAD 513Advocacy Skills and Strategies2
LEAD 514Public Speaking1
LEAD 515Social Entrepreneurship-­Innovations in Creating Social Value2-3
LEAD 517Capital and Endowment Campaign Planning2
LEAD 518Nonprofits and Civil Society in Guatemala2
LEAD 519IUnderstanding Bi-National Nonprofits In The Us-Mexican Border2
LEAD 555Leadership and Ethics3
Other electives may be added.

International Requirement

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally and globally.  International experiences are approved by each student's faculty advisor and can be credit based or non-credit based activities. 

Exit Requirement

The majority of the courses offered in this program will contain an applied consulting project, completed on behalf of a nonprofit organization. A student may not undertake more than 50% of his or her applied projects with a single nonprofit client.

The terminal project for this degree is a portfolio of demonstrated competencies which will be evidenced by a submission of no fewer than three applied projects with accompanying supporting documents. Each portfolio will be evaluated by a nonprofit program faculty member and an external executive level nonprofit practitioner.