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)
MNO Practicum or elective course

Elective Courses:

Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
Nonprofit Public Policy and Advocacy
Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation
Nonprofit Program Design
Nonprofit Governance
International NGOs
Nonprofit Marketing
Legislative and Political Processes
Collaboration and Strategic Partnership
Nonprofit Economics


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

Are you an exceptional Case Western Reserve University undergraduate who wants a competitive edge on the job market? Enroll in the 3+1 Program (Senior Year in Professional Studies), which enables you to earn a Master of Nonprofit Organizations during your senior year. Gain leadership, management, and strategic planning skills, no additional tuition is necessary, and you can graduate with your class from CWRU in just four years with both a Bachelor and Master Degrees!

The MNO program is a 39 credit hour program. You may begin the MNO classes in either the summer after your junior year or in the fall semester of your senior year, completing the MNO coursework in three semesters. Your bachelor’s and master’s degrees will be granted by Case Western Reserve University after successful completion of the MNO coursework your senior year.

You must apply to the Mandel School before the end of your junior year. To begin the application process, contact Churyl Croone in Mandel School Admissions at or 216.368.2827. The application process will include an interview.

To qualify for the 3+1 program, you must demonstrate superior academic ability and achievement during your first three years of undergraduate study, have met your undergraduate major requirements by the end of your junior year, have a 3.2 GPA or higher, and obtain a letter of eligibility from Claudia Anderson, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

We encourage you to join our network of alumni working in leadership positions in nonprofits, government, healthcare, and higher education institutions around the world!

 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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