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Master of Science in Administration program gets a new name

by Dennis Brown, Notre Dame News and Information

September 7, 2005

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The Master of Science in Administration degree program in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business has been renamed the Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) program.

The change was made to better reflect the primary purpose of the program – to prepare participants for leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, including social service, various religious ministries, education and the arts. The MNA program is offered in flexible modules, including on-site summer courses and electives offered via distance learning technologies.

The MNA program was originally called the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program when it was established in 1954 by Notre Dame’s president, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., as the University’s first graduate business degree. It was targeted to religious who managed health, education and social welfare organizations within the Catholic Church.

When a more traditional MBA program was initiated at Notre Dame in the early 1960s, the original program was renamed Master of Science in Institutional Administration, and then later shortened to Master of Science in Administration.

In creating the new name for the program, opinions were sought from faculty, administrative staff, other nonprofit leaders and current students. The new name was chosen to emphasize the dual priorities of serving the nonprofit sector and managing with a business administration competence.

Contact: Thomas Harvey, director, Master of Nonprofit Administration program, 574-631-7593 or tharvey@nd.edu