Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO)


Founded 30 years ago as one of the first nonprofit management programs in the nation, the MNO program at Case Western Reserve University has been at the forefront of training future nonprofit leaders. It provides the essential tools you need to lead a nonprofit, carry out its mission ethically and effectively, and contribute to society’s betterment in the “Third Sector” – places where the government has failed and the for-profit sector sees no market motive.

The MNO is a 39-hour degree program comprised of 27 hours of required coursework and 12 hours of electives. The MNO degree can be completed full-time in three semesters over 11 months or part-time in two years.

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Required Courses:

Strategic Planning
Ethics and Professionalism
Revenue Planning and Development
Nonprofit Organization and Management
Data-based Decision Making
Financial Management
Law of Nonprofit Organizations
Nonprofit Leadership Dialogues (3 semesters)
Practicum option or elective course

  Electives Options:

History of the Nonprofit Sector
Nonprofit Public Policy and Advocacy
Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation
Program Design in NPOs
Governance of NPOs
International NGOs
Marketing for NPOs
Legislative and Political Processes
Strategic Alliances


Dual Masters in Nonprofit Management and Social Work (MNO/MSSA)

Combining an MNO with a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA, equivalent to an MSW) dual degree allows students to blend a social work background with the nonprofit business expertise that is the hallmark of top leaders in human service organizations and agencies. You will undertake a specialized curriculum in social work and nonprofit management in a minimum of 81 hours of academic coursework. It can be completed in 2.5 years. Students entering with advanced standing can graduate in two years with a dual MNO/MSSA.

Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNM)

The Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNM) is offered as a credential requiring 15 academic credit hours. The CNM may be done concurrently with the MNO degree, MSSA degree, or may be taken as a stand-alone credential open to non-degree students. The CNM requirements are:

  • Nonprofit Dialogues (3 hours), and
  • Four 3-hour courses from the approved listing for the Master of Nonprofit Organizations selected in consultation with and academic adviser.

Certificate in Management & Leadership (CML)

The Certificate in Management and Leadership (CML) allows students to pursue 12 academic hours of focused coursework designed to prepare THEM for managing and leading in a range of social welfare settings. The certificate is available to all MSSA students regardless of concentration or specialization and can be completed within the normal master’s framework. The courses are:

  • Perspectives in Management & Leadership
  • Supervision and Leadership
  • Budgeting and Finance
  • And two 3-hour electives

 The Mandel School is the editorial home of Nonprofit Management & Leadership, one of the field’s leading journals. It is also a member of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the U.S.-based national and international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders interested in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy, and civil society.

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