May 30, 2023  
Graduate Catalog 2022 - 2023 
Graduate Catalog 2022 - 2023

Nonprofit Administration and Leadership, Accelerated 4+1 BA/MNAL

Through the BA+MNAL program, students may complete a BA in Nonprofit Administration and a Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership through the School of Urban Affairs in five years, instead of the six academic years normally required of full-time students. High performing undergraduate students may apply to the five-year program during the third year of undergraduate study and, if accepted, complete MNAL coursework during the fourth year and a transition term. Students may then complete all remaining MNAL coursework in two semesters of full-time graduate study.

Degrees Granted

Bachelor of Arts and Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership

Additional Information

The five-year B.A.+ M.N.A.L. is a fast-track program designed for high-performing undergraduates in the Nonprofit Administration program. By accelerating the completion of two degrees, students can jumpstart their careers as professionals in the nonprofit sector.

Admitted 4+1 students follow a set curriculum to ensure proper sequencing of courses. Students may only register for courses after consultation with the designated program advisor. Any student who deviates from the required curriculum risks forfeiture of program eligibility and may return to the conventional BA program.

Admission to Program

In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the conventional MNAL program, students applying to the 5-year BA+MNAL program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and submit two letters of recommendation from Cleveland State University faculty. Upon successful completion of the fourth year and transition term, students are awarded the BA in Nonprofit Administration. In order to be admitted to the final year of the BA+MNAL Program, students must complete the BA with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 receive grades of B or better in designated coursework and take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with scores that meet standard MNAL admission.

For more information and curriculum plans, please consult the Urban Affairs Office of Student and Enrollment Services, at 216-687-3884 or

Students who are accepted for an accelerated 4+1 program may apply or transfer a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours taken while an undergraduate. No additional graduate credit hours taken as an undergraduate may be applied or transferred to the graduate record.

  • Students submit an application for admission to the BA+MNAL program through the Urban Affairs Office of Student and Enrollment Services.
  • A complete application is comprised of the 4+1 application form, official Graduate Record Exam scores, and two letters of recommendation from faculty.
  • Minimum qualifications: 90 hours earned, grade-point average of 3.25 or better, GRE scores at the 40th percentile (verbal and quantitative combined) or higher, and an Analytical Writing score of 4.0 or better, plus completion of core competencies with grades of B or higher in UST 300, UST 302, UST 404, and UST 451.

Program Requirements

B.A. Program

Degree Requirements (4 Courses)

  • UST 200 - Introduction to Urban Studies
  • UST 404 - Urban Data Analysis
  • UST 405 - Methods of Research and Evaluation
  • UST 490 - Urban Internship

Required Courses (11 Courses)

Restricted Electives (3 Courses) - Choose From:

  • MGT 321 - Organizational Behavior
  • MKT 301 - Fundamentals of Marketing
  • SWK 300 - Social Welfare Policy
  • SWK 303 - Human Behavior and Social Environments - Macro
  • UST 419 - Neighborhood Planning
  • UST 424 - Distressed People, Distressed Places
  • UST 435 - Environmental Policy & Administration
  • UST 453 - Managing Urban Diversity
  • UST 455 - Gender and Leadership
  • UST 473 - Columbus Seminar
  • UST 474 - Washington Seminar
  • UST 494 - Levin Chair Seminar


The B.A. in Nonprofit Administration is awarded with 120 credit hours earned and completion of all General Education, Urban Affairs, and major-field requirements. In order to advance to the M.N.A.L. Program as a graduate student, the cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0 with grades of B or better in all 500-level courses.

M.N.A.L. Program


The M.N.A.L. degree is awarded upon completion of all required graduate courses taken during the B.A. and M.N.A.L. Program for a minimum of 30 credit hours. All Graduate College and M.N.A.L. Program rules regarding academic standing and graduation apply.