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Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, MI,
The Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership prepares students for careers or advancement in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector through classroom study, applied research, professional development, and field experience. 


Grand Valley State University educates students with the mission to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. Nowhere is this mission more effectively realized than when Grand Valley alumni become leaders of our voluntary and charitable organizations. Furthermore, there is no better way to prepare students for this role than through a program that builds the theoretical and practical knowledge critical to leading and managing these organizations.

The mission of the graduate programs in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is to prepare students to act ethically and effectively in leading and managing philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, and to transcend traditional boundaries in the pursuit of prosperous, safe, and healthy communities.
  • Versatile. Students may choose from emphases in Community Impact, Mission Advancement, Nonprofit Healthcare, or they may create a custom emphasis area with the guidance and approval of their advisor.
  • Convenient. Courses are offered on the Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids.
  • Flexible. Available to full- or part-time students. Many classes are offered at times to accommodate working professionals, including evening and weekend courses and workshops, and Internet-enhanced learning.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Research Methods
  • Human Resources in Organizations
  • Organization Theory
  • Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Fund Development
  • Leadership Capstone
  • Nonprofit and Foundation Boards, Trustees, and Governance
  • Nonprofit Organizations, Advocacy and Public Policy
  • International NGO Management
  • Health Administration and Service
  • Marketing Health and Human Services

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A completed graduate application.
  • A $30 non-refundable application fee unless the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University and has paid this fee.
  • An official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution.
  • Three reference from informed sources.
  • An essay on career and educational objectives and how attaining an MHA from GVSU will help achieve your objectives (250 to 750 words).
  • A resume
  • Submission of test scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or IELTS, or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) for applicants whose native language is not English. The following minimum scores are expected: TOEFL is 80, IELTS is 6.5, and MELAB is 77. 

            Tuition Fee

            • International

              651 USD/credit
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 651 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
            • National

              651 USD/credit
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 651 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
            • In-State

              651 USD/credit
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 651 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
            We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
            • Tuition fees are per credit hour!

            Living costs for Allendale

            • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
              Living Costs

            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


            Grand Valley State University is a great place for students to invest in their futures. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships can help you maximize your investment by working with you to determine how to most effectively meet your unique needs. 

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