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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.

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 asynchronously or on Fridays, weekends or evenings. Students also participate in an annual virtual residency for an opportunity to connect with nonprofit leaders on in-depth topics through colloquia.

Share experiences, connections and gain mentoring with seasoned and emerging nonprofit leaders, experts, faculty and practitioners, and grow your professional skills with a cohort of 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 2023-2024 full-time schedule.

Students also can choose a part-time pathway and complete their master's degree in two or three years. Explore example schedules for part-time attendance in the online program.

Rural and Environmental Nonprofit Leadership Concentrations

The Master of Nonprofit Leadership program offers a generalist degree, but students may also choose optional concentrations in either rural nonprofit leadership or environmental nonprofit leadership. Each concentration includes three specific courses to address current trends, challenges and opportunities in rural or environmental nonprofit organizations.


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 wellbeing of people and places, locally and across the world, now and in the future.


Contact Us

Corky McReynolds PhD | Director
Alessandra Govi | Admissions Counselor, Nonprofit Leadership Program

Upcoming Events

3 p.m. | Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022
Forest Grove, Tran Library, Conference Room 201


Full-time students admitted to the Master of Nonprofit Leadership program's 2023 cohort are eligible for two new $5,000 scholarships. Students serving Latino/a/x communities or dedicated to environmental conservation, advocacy or education are eligible to apply by Oct. 31.

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