Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Joseph Mead, Graduate Program Director
Nonprofit organizations are distinct from business and government in that they blend private structures with public purposes. Effective managers need an understanding of the structure and processes of nonprofits and how they 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 program 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 Levin College 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.
Students have the opportunity to work with the faculty and staff in the research, public-service, and training centers of the Levin College. See https://www.csuohio.edu/urban/research/research for information on the Levin College facilities.
Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.
The Levin College- through the Office of Student Services and the faculty- provides a variety of services related to career planning to help students and graduates find employment related to their program of study. Current job postings are maintained in the Office of Student Services and on the College Web site. Cleveland State's Career Services Center also provides graduate students and alumni with career advice and career-development assistance, including resume review.
For fullest consideration, GA applicants should submit the Levin College of Urban Affairs GA application and be admitted with degree-seeking status by March 1st.
Student employment opportunities are available to eligible degree-seeking students. Internship information is available through the Levin College Office of Student Services and student employment information is available through the CSU Career Services Center.
Applicants to the Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership Program must meet the minimum requirements established by the College of Graduate Studies and the MPA program faculty:
- A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, with an average GRE Verbal and Quantitative score at the 40th percentile, and an Analytical Writing score of at least 4.0.
- Students with a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university are exempted from this requirement. Other standardized tests may be substituted at the discretion of the Program Director.
- Two letters of recommendation, using the Recommendation Form for Graduate Admission.
- Non-native English speakers who do not have an earned bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution must demonstrate proof of English-language proficiency as indicated in under "Admission Requirements for International Students and Permanent Residents" in this catalog.
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Types of Admission
The academic status of a graduate degree-seeking applicant is determined after a review of admission credentials. Graduate Program Committees, in concurrence with the Office of Graduate Admissions, may recommend admission of applicants as regular or conditional graduate students. Please refer to the Admissions section of this catalog for information on admission categories.