Master of Nonprofit Administration

Dear Friends,

The Master of Nonprofit Administration program has a very clear mission – to develop exemplary leaders serving nonprofit organizations. To fulfill such an integral and altruistic purpose, the University of Notre Dame's MNA degree uniquely encourages students to earn the degree with only a limited commitment of on campus learning while maintaining full-time employment. And every effort is made to keep tuition rates at most attractive levels. We are also pleased to be able to offer a number of merit-based fellowships each year to qualifying students, including a Peace Corps Fellowship awarded to a returning Peace Corps volunteer accepted into the program.

The demographics of nonprofit leadership have changed. The University of Notre Dame has adapted to these changes, but has been unwavering in its long standing commitment to educate competent leaders for nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and beyond. In fact, it was in 1954 that Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, then President of the University, established Notre Dame's first nonprofit graduate degree within the business school.

This commitment is primarily carried out through the Master of Nonprofit Administration degree. This degree has two equally important and mutually supportive elements.

First, it offers mature students, already working in nonprofit organizations, the very best in business education. From Accounting and Economics to Finance and Human Resource Management, the MNA degree assures every student a full range of business competencies. Second, the MNA degree equally prioritizes a cultural competency in the unique features of nonprofits such as Boys and Girls Clubs of America and a major family service to serve as adjunct faculty or resource presenters in distance learning courses.

As one of our MNA students quotes: “The University of Notre Dame's commitment to the success of this program demonstrates its understanding of the critical need for effective leadership and universal standards of excellence in the organizational management of nonprofit organizations today.”

It is our commitment to educate, challenge, and engage students to excel at becoming the future leaders in the nonprofit sector. Our hope is for them to serve and lead more effectively.

We encourage you to review our website for further information regarding the MNA program.

With all good wishes, I am –


Thomas J. Harvey

The Luke McGuinness Director of Nonprofit Professional Development