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Capella University's online Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership strengthens your ability to develop strategic, innovative, and cooperative solutions to community problems. Increasingly, nonprofit organizations must do more with less and are looking for leaders who not only understand how to help underserved populations, but also understand budgeting, management, and cross-sector collaboration. 

Capella's core MPA courses focus on all facets of public administration that, combined with your chosen specialization, give you comprehensive knowledge to excel in your career no matter which direction you go. 

The nonprofit management and leadership specialization is designed to provide you with the most affordable, credible and direct path to your goals through:

Real-World Learning: While undertaking this master’s in nonprofit management and leadership, you will solve real-world challenges in our exclusive virtual labs, where you’ll practice what you are learning in order to enhance relevant skills. Capella’s capstone course involves developing a cost-benefit analysis, providing you with applicable skills to immediately impact your career.

Employer & Association Discounts: Tuition discounts from Capella-affiliated employers and colleges can make your degree more affordable, saving you thousands. Use your certifications to your advantage by applying your knowledge to prior learning assessments or transferring up to 12 credits to maximize your savings.  There is also a 10% military discount available.

A Credible Education: Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Degree Outcomes

With a curriculum designed around national standards, including those from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the program prepares students to think critically about the complex issues and challenges associated with managing and leading in today’s nonprofit sector. Capella constructs each course and assignment to deliver career-relevant competencies, providing you with skills immediately applicable to your career such as:

  • Understanding of roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board of directors.
  • Analyzing ethical and legal implications of data use, collection, evaluation, and integration from internal and external organizational perspectives.
  • Applying fiscal, strategic methods and techniques to areas of philanthropic support, fundraising, grant writing, and grant management.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

Career Outcomes

Common careers with a Master of Public Administration Nonprofit Management and Leadership include nonprofit manager, executive director, social and community service manager, program manager, director of community engagement, fundraising manager, volunteer coordinator, and program coordinator.

For a More In-Depth Study

With this area of study, Capella also offers a program concentration — an opportunity to delve deeper into your specific knowledge area. Your program concentration can be included in your transcript to potentially enhance career opportunities.

Credit for your prior learning

Receive up to 12 credits toward this program — and save more than $3,800 on your degree — by earning credit for the knowledge that your Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential represents. Learn more.

To learn more, call 866.933.5953, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.