Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Urban Affairs 231
Jennifer Alexander, 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.
For updated program information, visit the MNAL homepage at: http://urban.csuohio.edu/academics/graduate/mnal/
Students have the opportunity to work with the faculty and staff in the research, public-service, and training centers of the Levin College. See http://urban.csuohio.edu/urban_center/ for information on the Levin College facilities.
Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.
College Computing and Technology
Two general purpose computer labs are located in UR 39 and UR 40. Software available in the labs include applications for word processing, spreadsheet analysis, database, computer aided presentation, Geographic Information Systems, ArcInfo, Internet access, and statistical analysis. The labs provide access to laser printers for high-quality black-and-white output, a color laser printer for GIS maps, and a color scanner for capture of graphics. Each lab is equipped with a permanently mounted LCD projector for teaching computer-based classes. Levin College students are provided with disk space on the networked server for conveniently storing class work and for creating personal web pages. The Interactive Media Lab (IML) is available for production of DVDs, CD-ROMs, video/audio streams, and advanced graphics. Digital video/audio capture equipment is available. The IML is equipped with Apple Macintosh computers and a Quicktime streaming server. Additional computing information may be found at the College Web site at urban.csuohio.edu.
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.
The Levin College provides graduate assistantships on a competitive basis to full-time students. Although the deadline for receipt of graduate-assistantship applications is March 1, fullest consideration is given to those who have submitted all application materials for the MNAL program by February 1.
The College also offers paid internships and tuition grants to eligible degree-seeking students. Application forms are available from the Levin College Office of Student Services. See also the section on Graduate Assistantships Graduate Assistantships in this Catalog.
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 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 (available online at http://www.csuohio.edu/gradcollege/admissions/pdf/recommend.pdf)
- 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.
Apply Now: http://www.csuohio.edu/gradcollege/admissions/apply.html
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 Admission to the College of Graduate Studies section of this catalog for information on admission categories.