Nonprofit Leadership Admissions

The Master of Nonprofit Leadership program uses a rolling admissions system. Students may apply at any time. Admitted full-time students will begin classes with their cohort in January. Admitted part-time students may begin classes at the beginning of the next term following admission.

Admission Prerequisites

  • Students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. 
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • Internship or practicum coursework in nonprofit, civic or social impact profession at the undergraduate or graduate level; or work (paid or volunteer) experience in nonprofit, civic, or social impact professions.  
  • No state or national exams are required.

Application Process

  • Submit the standard application form for Pacific University’s graduate program.
  • Please submit a 350-500 word paper that responds to “why are you interested in the Master of Nonprofit Leadership at Pacific University?”
  • Arrange to have your official transcripts forwarded from your undergraduate degree.
  • Provide two current letters of recommendation from professional contacts that can attest to your ability to succeed in a graduate program.

Application Deadlines

  • You may submit applications at any time.
  • Full-time cohort is open until Oct. 31. The full-time 13-month cohort begins in January.
  • Part-time students can submit applications for starting the next semester/term.
  • Applicants will receive acknowledgement that their applications have been received and acceptance/non-acceptance into the program within four weeks of submission.


  • A $100 deposit is required to hold your space in the Master of Nonprofit Leadership program following admission.

Contact Us

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