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Nonprofit Management, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #531 (QS) , NY,
Milano’s groundbreaking Nonprofit Management program was the first of its kind in this country. From the beginning, our highly engaged curriculum has resonated with innovative thinkers familiar with The New School’s deep commitment to advancing progressive change and social justice. Students of this course at The New School develop their critical thinking skills and engage with real-world nonprofit challenges and social entrepreneurial experiences.


The Nonprofit Management program at The New School prepares you to challenge assumptions and develop new perspectives for leading and managing nonprofits in this increasingly complex environment. The result is a unique program designed to give you the capacity and creative courage to generate, manage, and sustain nonprofit success.

Our highly flexible program allows you to take state-of-the-art management courses in our Organizational Change Management program and innovation courses at Parsons, receive your master's and specialty certification simultaneously, and tailor your electives to reflect a wide variety of interests, from environmental justice to food studies.

This program is a hub for university social innovation initiatives highlighted by our New Challenge student competition.

Connecting to New York City

This global city provides you with a wealth and diversity of possibilities across government organizations, start-ups, and international NGOs. You will discover a range of research and learning opportunities that can enrich your professional and academic portfolios.

Career Paths

Our students are known for going out into the world and stirring things up. They know what leadership and vision look like. They bring big, sleepy nonprofits back to life and push innovative, thriving companies to be their best. Their impact is being felt at organizations including Harlem’s Children’s Zone, The New Teacher Project, Jump Start, Fund for Public Schools, Planned Parenthood, and the Girls Incorporated Partners in Health.

Programme Structure

Two Core Courses
  • Economics for Management and Public Policy
  • Quantitative Methods
Six Required Program Courses
  • Making a Difference Requirement
  • Theory and Practice of Nonprofit Management
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Advanced Seminar in Nonprofit Management
Six Electives
  • Elective courses enable you to develop an area of specialization within the nonprofit field. You can choose your six electives from graduate course offerings across The New School, opening up many possibilities for acquiring expertise in a particular area.

Internships help you gain firsthand knowledge and skills to complement your degree. Full-time students who enter the program without related work experience or who are planning a career change are required to complete a noncredit professional internship (400–900 hours).

Professional Certificate

The Milano School offers post-master's certificate programs for professionals with graduate degrees who would like to enhance their credentials or take their careers in a new direction. It is possible to earn a certificate in Leadership and Change, Organizational Development, orSustainability Strategies concurrently with the MS in Nonprofit Management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    42 alternative credits
  • 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

Required Application Materials
  • Application

Complete the online application.

  • Application fee

A nonrefundable $50 application fee paid as part of the online application.

  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation letters

Two academic/professional letters of recommendation are required. Recommenders can submit recommendations online; instructions are included with the online application. If preferred, the recommendation form can instead be sent by mail in a signed, sealed envelope. To send by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete the personal information, save the form, and forward it to the recommender for completion and submission. Applicants can also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

  • Résumé

Submit a one to two page résumé/curriculum vitae summarizing your education, work/volunteer experience, and/or published writing.

  • Statement of purpose

Please submit a 1,000-word-limit Statement of Purpose explaining your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, your academic, research, and/or professional goals, and why you consider the program to be a match for you. Your statement of purpose should convey why you are interested in our school and program. Please share your academic and professional goals, faculty work that interests you and areas of specializations that are of interest to you. Summarize by detailing the fit between yourself and the Nonprofit Management Program.

  • Academic writing sample (optional)

Applicants may submit an 8-12-page academic writing sample, in English. Published or unpublished academic research papers or a coherent excerpt from a longer paper are acceptable.

  • Test scores

GRE and GMAT: Although it is not required, if you took the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), scores may be submitted to support your application. GRE scores should be sent electronically. The institution code is 2529. Mail GMAT scores to the Office of Admission with an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE: All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 100, for IELTS is 7.0, and for PTE is 68. Our TOEFL institution code is 2529.

A TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is not required for applicants

  • Whose primary language is English
  • Who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college/university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction

Upon review of your application, the Office of Admission reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.

Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1530 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1530 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    1530 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1530 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.

Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Applicants for graduate school who are seeking financial aid should notify their prospective academic department early in the application process. Graduate students are automatically considered for university merit-based scholarships and fellowships as part of the admission process. Note however: For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, limited scholarship funds are usually combined with government supported grants and loans in a financial aid package, so applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Graduate students are notified of their scholarship awards soon after their admission in a letter from either their academic program or Student Financial Services.

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