MPNL On Campus

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

20 months
18463 CAD/year
6657 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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Canada’s first Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree (MPNL) from Carleton University prepares graduates to be innovators and leaders in nonprofits, social enterprises, philanthropic foundations, development offices, and in the governments, financial institutions and businesses that interact with them.


The Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree (MPNL) from Carleton University is designed for both full-time students who aspire to be change-makers in this field as well as for experienced professionals studying part-time for professional development. 

The program begins in July with an intensive summer institute and may be taken at a distance in a hybrid format or on campus. We also offer a shorter graduate diploma geared at working professionals and a professional entry master’s with reduced program requirements for those who qualify.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the MPNL program will be innovators, leaders and makers of social change. Students can tailor the program for leadership positions in nonprofits, charities and social enterprises; advocacy organizations and international NGOs; grantmaking foundations; resource development and fundraising in universities, hospital foundations and other nonprofits; governments that develop policy or collaborate in service delivery with the nonprofit sector; and financial institutions and other corporations working on corporate social responsibility and impact investing.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philanthropy
  • Policy and Legal Environment
  • Finances for Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Organizational Development
  • Research Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 20 months
  • Part-time
    • 40 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree, with a wide variety of disciplines with an average of B+ or higher. Mid-career applicants with a minimum of seven years working experience in the nonprofit/philanthropic sector will also be considered. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18463 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18463 CAD per year during 20 months.
  • National

    6657 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6657 CAD per year during 20 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /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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