Emerge as a Nonprofit Leader

Prepare to thrive in careers across the nonprofit sector with Michigan State University’s Nonprofit Leadership, Global Cultures, and Social Enterprise Online M.A. and Graduate Certificate Programs. A graduate degree or certificate from MSU prepares current and emerging nonprofit leaders by expanding your perspectives and arming you with practical skills and knowledge needed to navigate your roles within the everchanging and evolving work of nonprofits.

Our professional degree programs train and empower nonprofit leaders to tackle local and global challenges through an ethical lens while building intercultural competence and knowledge of human and ecological systems. Our courses offer guidance on how to contribute to an organization that is more diverse, equitable, and inclusive for all workers.

What We offer

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Personalized Learning

Individualized attention from highly credentialed, engaged and award-winning faculty, staff, and advisors.

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Essential Skills and Knowledge

Exceptional courses and opportunities to help you master vital skills and knowledge for your career in the nonprofit world and to create your nonprofit organization.

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Fully Online

Offered 100% online and asynchronous through unique five-week course sequences.

How it Works

  • All courses are online and asynchronous.
  • Flexible 5-week course structure.
  • Small class sizes enable personalized attention.
  • Cultural immersion and a greater understanding of human behavior through religion.
  • Internship opportunities with nonprofit organizations.
  • Choose between a Master of Arts or Graduate Certificate depending on your educational path.

What You’ll Learn 

  • Strengthen critical skills in grantmaking, fundraising, marketing, nonprofit management, monitoring and evaluation, and nonprofit governance.
  • Broaden understanding of how different global religions and theories of social change interface with nonprofit organizational leadership.
  • Explore values and ethics in organizational leadership and nonprofit management.
  • Develop a sense of global citizenship in the context of solving societal problems and promoting individual and community flourishing.

Who Is Right for This Program?

  • Professionals looking to grow their nonprofit network, develop stronger technical skills, and become a more well-rounded and culturally sensitive leader.
  • Current and emerging nonprofit professional seeking to gain practical skills and knowledge needed to navigate their roles within the everchanging and evolving work of nonprofits.
  • Those seeking to enter the nonprofit sector or those pursuing the idea of starting a nonprofit organization.

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Master of Arts

Fully online and asynchronous, and designed to provide a meaningful educational experience for future and current nonprofit leaders.

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Graduate Certificate

Add a credential and expand your nonprofit network through targeted skills-based coursework and global religion courses that increase your cultural competency and knowledge of DEI.

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Apply Now

Begin your application today, or contact Dr. Jennifer Marcy for more information!


Questions about the Nonprofit Leadership Online Programs can be directed to Dr. Jennifer Marcy at globalnonprofit@msu.edu

Nonprofit Leadership, Global Cultures, and Social Enterprise Online Programs

619 Red Cedar Road
C714 Wells Hall
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Phone: (517) 353-2930