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Nonprofit Association of Oregon logoOur society needs extraordinary nonprofit organizations with talented leaders to make significant and positive changes in our community.

The Pacific University Master of Nonprofit Leadership prepares leaders to meet that challenge.

Pacific University partners with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) to connect, improve and advance nonprofits throughout the United States and to advance principles and practices for nonprofit excellence. The program also is guided by an advisory council comprised of leaders and innovators throughout the nonprofit world.


Admissions Information

We're here to help on your way to your Master's in Nonprofit Leadership! Learn about the admissions process and contact your admissions counselor.

How to Apply

Earn Your Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership Online

The nonprofit profession is growing and seeking skilled leaders.

At Pacific University, you can earn a master’s degree that prepares you to make a positive impact in just 13 months.

The Master of Nonprofit Leadership program is 100% online, with courses offered online on select weekdays.

Share experiences, connections and gain mentoring with seasoned and emerging nonprofit leaders, experts, faculty and practitioners, and grow your professional skills with a group of new colleagues.

Full-Time and Part-Time Master’s Program

The Master of Nonprofit Leadership can be completed in just 13 months of full-time online study. Explore the full-time schedule.

Students also can choose a part-time pathway and complete their master's degree in two or three years. 


Master of Nonprofit Leadership scholarships are available for two full-time students: one for a student currently or planning to work in a nonprofit organization that primarily serves the latino/a/x community; another for a student enrolled in the environmental concentration who demonstrates a passion for leading nonprofits dedicated to environmental conservation, advocacy and/or education.


Civic engagement and sustainability are core values at Pacific University. Students in the Pacific University master of nonprofit leadership program can connect with university centers committed to advancing these values in our community. The McCall Center for Civic Engagement works with students, faculty and staff members, campus groups (such as athletic teams and clubs), and community partners to facilitate participation in service, awareness campaigns, fundraising, elections, and other civic engagement activities. The Center for a Sustainable Society provides students an opportunity to experience the university's commitment to sustainability and work within a collaborative framework to cultivate an engaged community dedicated to ethical, transdisciplinary solutions that advance the well-being of people and places, locally and across the world, now and in the future.


Contact Us

Amy Tracewell, MNL | Director
Justin McRobert | Admissions Counselor, Nonprofit Leadership Program


Amy Tracewell, Director of Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program

The recent graduate of the first cohort of the Master of Nonprofit Leadership program after seven years as a member of the university's advancement staff and two decades working in the nonprofit sector.

Managing people can be challenging. Join us for a discussion in December with faculty member Stella Premo on how to tackle a difficult conversation and learn about the skills needed for a successful outcome.

Learn about Pacific University's Master of Nonprofit Leadership program and hear from instructor Lesley Bennett on how budgeting can be less challenging.