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The 30 Best Masters in Nonprofit Management Programs in 2021

August 6, 2021 | Staff Writers

Masters in Nonprofit Management
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1

University of Montana

  • Missoula, Montana
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • Points: 97

The University of Montana boasts the top Master’s in Nonprofit Management in the region. This program is technically a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration and Public Service. An internship is optional, but students must complete a portfolio project.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $7,354 in-state; $26,218 non-resident
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2

University of Central Florida

  • Orlando, Florida
  • Graduation Rate: 75%
  • Points: 96

The University of Central Florida takes the first spot on our list because of the high quality of its Masters in Nonprofit Management, which is also available at an affordable price. In addition to the degree, students can pursue other related graduate certificates like fundraising, social justice and a certificate from the National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Students must complete a capstone course to graduate.

School Overview

In-state Tuition: $6,368/year
Non-resident Tuition: $440.62/credit hour ($15,862.32 for entire program)
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3

Baruch College (City University of New York)

  • New York City, New York
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Points: 88

Baruch College, which is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, has a top-notch Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. This degree can be completed over the Internet. Students can take classes on either a full-time or part-time basis to suit their schedules.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $7,462 in-state; $15,412 non-resident
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4

Texas A&M University

  • College Station, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 80%
  • Points: 86

Texas A&M University has many highly ranked programs, including an Executive Master of Public Service and Administration degree. This program offers a Nonprofit Management track. Students must complete a capstone project to be eligible for graduation.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $12,153 in-state; $38,602 non-resident
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5

Clemson University

  • Clemson, South Carolina
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • Points: 85

Clemson University offers the top-ranked graduate nonprofit management program in South Carolina. Like many of the other programs on this list, this program is technically a Master’s of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. Students must complete either a comprehensive exam or a research project to graduate.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $15,558 in-state; $38,550 non-resident
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6

University of Northern Iowa

  • Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Points: 83

The University of Northern Iowa has a superior graduate program in nonprofit management. The Master’s of Arts degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development can be completed entirely online. This program is designed for working professionals with three to five years of experience.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $8,938 in-state; $21,238 non-resident
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7

California State University – Northridge

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Points: 81

California State University – Northridge, commonly known as CSUN, has the top Masters in Nonprofit Management in the state. CSUN’s program takes two years to complete. Students must take this degree as part of a cohort, which means they have the same classmates for the entire program.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $6,977 in-state; $18,857 non-resident
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8

Arizona State University

  • Tempe, Arizona
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Points: 81

Arizona State University is another mainstay on similar lists, and it has an excellent Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. This program can be completed online. Students must complete a capstone seminar to graduate.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $11,338 in-state; $29,428 non-resident
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9

University of Colorado – Denver

  • Denver, Colorado
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Points: 80

The University of Colorado – Denver has an innovative graduate program in nonprofit management. Nonprofit Management is actually a concentration within the university’s Master’s of Public Administration. This program can be taken entirely over the Internet.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $9,335 in-state; $25,823 non-resident
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10

University of Houston – Downtown

  • Houston, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Points: 79

The University of Houston – Downtown offers the leading Master’s in Nonprofit Management in Texas. This program can be completed over the Internet. All students must complete an internship to ensure they have some practical experience under their belts before they graduate.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $6,788 in-state; $16,916 non-resident
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11

National Louis University

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Points: 77

National Louis University is the highest-ranking private university on our list. It offers a top-notch MBA in Nonprofit Management at an affordable price. Students can complete this degree totally online or through a hybrid format.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $11,010
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12

Ohio University

  • Athens, Ohio
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Points: 76

Ohio University may not be as well-known as in-state rival Ohio State, but its graduate nonprofit management program is more highly ranked. Its online Master’s of Public Administration degree offers a Nonprofit Management concentration. This program takes roughly two years to complete and is 100% online.

School Overview

In-state tuition: $14,400/year
Out of state tuition: $14,742/year
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13

Arkansas State University

  • Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Points: 75

Arkansas State University offers a leading Master’s of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. Students can complete this program in only a year and a half. Students can do all of their coursework over the Internet.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $8,900 in-state; $15,860 non-resident
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14

Bay Path University

  • Longmeadow, Massachusetts
  • Graduation Rate: 70%
  • Points: 74

Bay Path University is a small private institution with a women-only policy for its undergraduate courses. However, its online Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy is open to everyone. It can be completed in one to two years, depending on whether students take classes on a full-time or part-time schedule.

*They also offer need-based scholarships for people working full time that ranges from 5% to 15% of tuition. Tuition includes everything except books – no additional fees.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $25,920*
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15

University of Maryland – Global

  • Adelphi, Maryland
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Points: 70

The University of Maryland – Global is known for being a leader in online education, so it should come as no surprise that its Master’s in Management with a concentration in Nonprofit and Association Management can be completed over the Internet. Students can also complete this program in a hybrid format. They must complete a capstone project before graduation.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $7,560 in-state; $12,336 non-resident
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16

Lindenwood University

  • Saint Charles, Missouri
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Points: 70

Lindenwood University is a private institution in St. Charles, Missouri, with a strong graduate nonprofit management program. Lindenwood’s Master’s in Nonprofit Administration can be completed fully online and offers flexibility for learners. Students gain real life experience through completion of a research project or internship as a requirement to graduate with a Non-Profit Administration degree at Lindenwood.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $18,100
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17

Grace College

  • Winona Lake, Indiana
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Points: 70

Grace College is a private institution with a Christian affiliation. Its online Master’s in Nonprofit Management can be completed in only two years. Students must complete an integrative application project.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $26,262
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18

Northeastern University

  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Points: 80

Northeastern University is one of the most prestigious institutions on this list, though its pricy tuition does prevent it from finishing higher. Its online Master’s in Nonprofit Management can be completed on a full-time or part-time schedule. Students working at a non-profit can complete an integrative learning experience as part of their coursework.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $53,506
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19

Notre Dame University of Maryland

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • Points: 68

Notre Dame University of Maryland may not be as prestigious as its namesake University of Notre Dame, but it offers a more highly ranked graduate nonprofit management program. Its Master’s in Nonprofit Management can be completed online. Students have the opportunity to get hands-on experience through applied learning projects.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $38,340
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20

Gratz College

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Points: 67

Gratz College is a small private institution with historic roots in the Jewish community and a diverse student body today. Its 36-credit Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management emphasizes applied management skills and can be completed entirely online. Several graduate certificates are available within the program for those wanting to specialize including Health Administration and Jewish Communal Service. Students complete a capstone project before graduation.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $12,564
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21

Cairn University

  • Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Points: 67

Cairn University offers an elite Master’s in Nonprofit Management. This online program can be completed in two years. Students must complete a practicum before graduation.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $28,918
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22

Johnson & Wales University

  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Points: 66

Johnson & Wales University is well-known for its online Master’s in Nonprofit Management. This program can be completed in only 15 months. Faculty members have extensive real-world experience.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $25,407
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23

Concordia University – Nebraska

  • Seward, Nebraska
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Points: 66

Concordia University – Nebraska is one of eight universities in the Concordia University System, run by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It offers a leading graduate program in nonprofit management. This program is actually an accelerated online MBA and they offer certificate options, which can be taken separately or as part of the MBA. They also offer a Project Management option.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $33,490
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24

Shorter University

  • Rome, Georgia
  • Graduation Rate: 37%
  • Points: 63

Shorter University offers an online Master’s degree in Management with a specialization in Human Services Nonprofit Management. This accelerated program can be completed in only one year. Students receive a broad education in the field.

School Overview

Program Cost: $16,000
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25

Lewis University

  • Romeoville, Illinois
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Points: 63

Lewis University offers a top online Master’s in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. This program gives students a well-rounded education in the field. This program can also be completed through traditional on-campus instruction.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $33,430
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26

Crown College

  • St. Bonifacius, Minnesota
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Points: 61

Crown College is another small private Christian institution with an excellent nonprofit management program. This program is actually a concentration within the MBA program. It can be completed over the Internet in two and a half years.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $26,970
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27

Liberty University

  • Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Points: 59

Liberty University is one of the biggest Christian universities in the world, and it is known for having many online programs. One of these is its Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management. This program will only take students 18 months or so to complete.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $22,747
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Our Lady of the Lake University

  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Points: 56

Our Lady of the Lake University is one of the lesser-known institutions on this list, but it still has a great graduate nonprofit management program. Its Master’s in Nonprofit Management can be completed in just two years. Students can take all of their classes over the Internet.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $29,218
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29

Regis University

  • Denver, Colorado
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Points: 54

Regis University has a unique and innovative graduate nonprofit management program. Its Master of Nonprofit Management can be completed online. Students must complete a field experience or a professional project before graduation.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $38,180
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30

New England College

  • Henniker, New Hampshire
  • Graduation Rate: 38%
  • Points: 50

New England College offers a great graduate-level nonprofit management program. Its Master’s in Management is available with a Nonprofit Leadership concentration. This program can be completed over the Internet.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $38,670
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Our Ranking Methodology

Our ranking methodology is quite simple and straightforward. We use a formula that takes into account two statistics: yearly tuition rate and graduation rate. Many of the schools on this list have different tuition rates for in-state students and non-resident students. If this happens to be the case with a specific school, we only took the in-state tuition rate into consideration. Each factor accounted for 50% of the school’s score, in comparison to the other schools ranked in this article.

Representatives of the schools on this list can contact us with any corrections or questions they may have.

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