M.Sc. On Campus

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

Grand Valley State University

12 months
14000 USD/year
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The Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University prepares students for careers or advancement in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector through classroom study, applied research, professional development, and field experience. 


Key facts

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 programme

The mission of the graduate programs in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University 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 Include:

  • 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
144 (verbal)
138 (quantitative)
3.5 (analytical)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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

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  • International

    14000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 USD per year during 12 months.

National 708 $ / credit

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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