MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management ​

Channel intentions into impact.

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Learn to magnify your impact on the world. Our nonprofit leadership and management program offers an integrated course of study that melds state-of-the-art leadership theory with proven management models, strategies, and tools that equip you to create and manage high-impact organizations.

Turn classroom theory into real-world practice as you produce organizational audits, development plans, research-based programs, and legislative campaigns. In courses like Developing Human Capital, Board Development, and Grant-Making for the Greater Good, you'll master more than skills—you'll gain the political and technical proficiencies of a life-changing leader.

Graduates of the nonprofit leadership and management program advance their careers as directors of nonprofits and as consultants, executives, development officers, and program managers. (In fact, 91% of our graduates say they've been promoted to a new position or received a raise.) They approach their careers with a firm foundation in organizational management, decision-making, planning, communications, nonprofit finances, ethics, and other invaluable skills and strengths. Set yourself up for a lifetime of leadership and impact.

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Chart the Future of Changemaking

In every course, you'll work closely with faculty who are outstanding leaders in their own right. Under their mentorship and in close collaboration with fellow students, you'll take classes like Human Relations for Leaders, Understanding Bi-National Nonprofits in the US-MEX Border Region, and Human Rights Advocacy and International NGOs. See the courses that will prepare you to make a difference.

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Magnify Your Impact with an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management

Do you want to approach your nonprofit work with a firm foundation in organizational management, decision-making, planning, communications, nonprofit finances, ethics and other invaluable skills and strengths?

Consider pursuing your MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at USD. Our program has a proven track record of helping nonprofit leaders expand their skill set, network with the larger community of nonprofits in the San Diego area, and learn how to take their nonprofit organizations to the next level of success.