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Public Administration - Nonprofit Sector Management, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Public Administration - Nonprofit Sector Management degree from California State University Northridge is designed for purpose-driven individuals who wish to develop professionally by acquiring expertise in budgeting, financial management, advocacy, leadership, stakeholder relations, and strategic planning. 


Be a positive change agent

California State University Northridge created the Public Administration - Nonprofit Sector Management option of our highly regarded MPA program in response to requests for an opportunity to develop leadership and management skills specific to nonprofit organizations. Since many nonprofits rely on public sector funding and contract their services out to those same public agencies, it is crucial for those involved to have the capacity for managing both domains. This program empowers individuals working in both the public and private sectors of a philanthropic organization and fosters their ability to work across all facets of the nonprofit world.

In addition to an excellent learning experience, all CSUN MPA students benefit from the following features:

Programs designed to promote effective learning

Courses are developed by industry professionals and CSUN faculty. The program is designed so that each course builds on the knowledge gained from previous coursework to ensure a cohesive and cumulative educational experience.

CSUN's online format was designed especially for midcareer adults and its significant flexibility allows for completing coursework at times and in places that best suit each student’s unique schedule.

Distinguished faculty

The distinguished faculty and leading practitioners who design and teach CSUN's on-campus programs also craft the university's online programs, which are held to the same high standards of academic excellence and student achievement. Moreover, faculty engagement with CSUN online students is equivalent to their engagement with on-campus students.

The MPA program is taught by CSUN faculty who also work in the field in a range of settings and roles. The program uses an evidence-based approach to learning and problem solving through he study of real-world cases. By bringing current data into the classroom and CSUN provides the best blend of theory and practice.

Flexible courses

Students in this two-year program enroll in two assigned courses per semester. Because the online courses are continuously available during the scheduled semester, students are able to attend classes and access course materials at their own convenience.

For those with bachelor's degrees who are not certain they wish to pursue the MPA degree immediately, CSUN also offers stackable curricula. This feature enables students to take the MPA-linked Nonprofit Sector Management graduate-certificate program and apply the graduate credits earned to the Master of Public Administration degree.

Guaranteed enrollment & exceptional support services

Students admitted into the program are guaranteed enrollment in all required courses. CSUN also offers exceptional support services designed for working professionals. From application to graduation, students enjoy the one-on-one support of a designated program manager and a CSUN faculty member. This personalized support frees busy professionals to focus on their work and studies without university or program related administrative distractions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Public Administration & Its Environment
  • Research Methods for Public Administration
  • Seminar in Organization Theory and Human Behavior
  • Public Budgeting and Financial Administration
  • Seminar in Public Policy Process

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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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

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Successful completion of the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE). Applicants who score a minimum of three on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE are exempt from the UDWPE.
  • Work Experience

    At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

    Getting a Student Visa

    This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      13020 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 26028 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      13020 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 26028 USD for the full programme 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.
    • Cost per 3 unit class: $2,169
    • Cost per unit: $723


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