Nonprofit Executive Education


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In the past several years, leaders of nonprofit organizations have faced an increasingly complex climate that calls for continued development in their business leadership skills.

Nonprofit Professional Development in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame seeks to meet these needs through its two arms of nonprofit education—non-degree nonprofit executive programs and the Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) degree.


The Notre Dame MNA, established in 1954, enrolls about 30 students annually and continues to be a premier program at the Mendoza College. It is designed to allow business professionals to complete the degree without leaving their jobs. The degree requires 42 credit hours taken both during summer sessions on campus and through e-learning courses offered in the fall and spring.


The nonprofit executive programs include non-degree, certificate initiatives that seek to provide business leadership and managerial skills in a focused format. These programs typically run from five to 10 days, and can be tailored in a variety of ways that meet the needs of those working full-time. They include customized executive development programs developed for the needs of a particular organization, as well as more broadly based initiatives.