The Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO)

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is pleased to announce the launch of revised curriculum for the Master of Nonprofit Organizations degree. The MNO degree program is a major part of our commitment to educating emerging leaders in the nonprofit arena. The revised MNO degree curriculum builds on nearly 25 years of expertise in delivering nonprofit management education at Case Western Reserve University. The MNO degree can be completed in 3 semesters of full-time work over 11 months (June to May). Instruction in the degree program draws on a world-class faculty representing a range of disciplines as well as high-level practitioners from the nonprofit sector.

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What is the format of the MNO?

The MNO is a 39-hour degree program comprised of 27 hours of required coursework and 12 hours of electives. Courses are taught in the evening or intensive weekend format, suitable for individuals with part-time work or family commitments. Full-time students take 7 credit hours in the summer semester, and 16 credit hours each in the fall and spring semesters.

What is the course content of the MNO?

The required coursework for the MNO includes the following nine courses:

  1. Nonprofit Revenue Planning & Development
  2. Nonprofit Strategic Planning
  3. Nonprofit Data-based Decision Making
  4. Nonprofit Financial Management
  5. Nonprofit Law
  6. Nonprofit Ethics and Professionalism
  7. Nonprofit Organization and Management
  8. Nonprofit Leadership Dialogues (3 semesters)
  9. Nonprofit Practicum option or elective course

In addition, students take 12 hours of electives from the approved listing. Courses include History of the Nonprofit Sector; Nonprofit Public Policy and Advocacy; Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation; International NGOs, Program Design in NPOs; Trusteeship: Governance of NPOs; Marketing for NPOs; Legislative and Political Processes; Strategic Alliances; International Travel & Study (various countries). Students may also propose an elective not on the listing and these may be taken with approval of their academic advisor.

What is the application process?

Download and complete the mno application (pdf).

Your application with a $100 deposit should be submitted to the MSASS Admissions Office (11235 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44120) by 5 p.m. on the last business day of January each year. Applicants with undergraduate cumulative GPAs above 2.7 are not required to supply standardized test scores. For applicants with a GPA below 2.7 either the GRE or the MAT are required. Evidence of the applicant’s capacity to succeed in a graduate level program should be provided through a personal statement and academic references.

Nonprofits in Cleveland: A City Transformed

Learning is not a static activity that can be confined to the four walls of a classroom. It’s being exposed to new people and ideas; it’s participating fully in an enriching environment. At the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Science, the campus, community and city add up to provide a unique and comprehensive educational experience. Cleveland offers a full spectrum of social, economic, ethnic and religious experiences. As a city actively involved in vitalization, deeply rooted in traditions of communal self-help and widely committed to philanthropy, Cleveland affords social work a special place and an important role in the city’s future.

The distinctive features of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland community attract high quality students from the region, nationally, and internationally. As the birthplace of the Community Chest (predecessor of the United Way) and home to the oldest community foundation in the U.S. (The Cleveland Foundation), Cleveland has a rich history in philanthropy and a thriving nonprofit sector. Within the areas of health care, higher education, and philanthropy, the Cleveland community is typically ranked among the highest in the U.S., because of such organizations as the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, Catholic Charities, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Clinic, Gund Foundation, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Institute of Music, and many others. Nonprofit degree programs can readily feature interaction with staff and leaders of these institutions as well as in-depth course activities working with them.


Churyl Croone
Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Rob Fischer, PhD
Director of MNO Degree Program


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