Nonprofit Leadership Studies

Murray State University

24 months
800 USD/credit
800 USD/credit
544 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership Studies is designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles and functions in mission-driven nonprofit sector organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life at the local, regional, national, and global levels. Commitment to innovation, social entrepreneurship, social change, engagement, and advocacy guide the curriculum.

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All courses are available to be taken in person, via the Internet, or a combination of the two approaches.

The M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership Studies totals 36 semester hours. The core course content focuses on the full range of organizational leadership roles and management functions central to the successful pursuit of the public good missions across the nonprofit sector. They include but are not limited to organizational development and strategic planning, human resource development (staff and volunteer), financial resource development, legal issues and advocacy, and innovation and social change strategies. The 24 core course credit hours provide a dynamic foundation of information and skills for anyone aspiring to more effective nonprofit sector leadership. Twelve hours of elective courses will be chosen as a Concentration Area to deepen the individual's knowledge and skills in a focused area of nonprofit organization leadership and development. With approval of the academic advisor, a Customized Concentration Area can be developed with a set of electives selected to complement specific career goals. A leadership Development Concentration Area is available in the Human Development & Leadership Master's Degree Program (HDL). During the final semester of coursework, a comprehensive examination will be required to complete the program of study

The M.S in Nonprofit Leadership Studies will provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a successful career in the nonprofit sector. Careers in the nonprofit sector include:

  • Director of Development/Fundraiser
  • Program officer
  • Community outreach
  • Advocacy
  • Event  coordinator
  • Marketing director

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • The Nonprofit Sector and Civil Society 
  • Seminar on Nonprofit Organizations 
  • Financial Resource Management and Development for Nonprofit Organizations 
  • Nonprofit Organization Development, Management, and Leadership 
  • Policy, Legal Issues, and Advocacy for Social Change in Nonprofit Organizations 
  • Social Entrepreneurship 
  • Seminar on Leadership Development 
  • Methods of Research 
  • Leading and Developing Others 
  • Leading Organizations—Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making 
  • Assessment and Application of Leadership Research 
  • Contemporary Issues in Leadership Development Seminar 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus, Blended, Online
  • Fully structured
  • Continuous support with feedback on request

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
71 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 2.25 for possible conditional admission
  • Approval of academic department (Admissions submits documents to the department.)
  • GMAT or GRE is required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    800 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 800 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    800 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 800 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    544 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 544 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • Regional (per hour) - $544


Scholarships:Academic achievement scholarships:

  • 1. only for incoming freshmen
  • 2. awarded at time of admission
  • 3. awarded first-come, first-serve basis
Competitive scholarships:
  • 1. requires students to complete the MSU Scholarship Application
  • 2. awarded after January 15 application deadline
  • 3. students must apply every year via my Gate, on the Financial Aid tab.
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Federal Teach Grant
  • State Grant
  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate and Professional Students
  • Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Nursing Loan 

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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