Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO)

We’re thrilled you’re considering applying to the Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) program at the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve University!

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At the forefront of training future leaders since it was founded 30 years ago as one of the first nonprofit management programs in the nation, our MNO program provides the essential tools you need to lead in the nonprofit, health care, or public sectors. Its innovative curriculum emphasizes strategic planning, revenue development, finance, leadership, organization management, ethics, use of data, and social entrepreneurship. LEARN MORE >

MNO (Fall, Spring, Summer enrollment options)

  • Spring 2018 Application Deadline: December 1, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Application Deadline: June 30, 2018


  • Transcripts from an accredited college or university that demonstrates completion of a bachelor’s degree in any field of study. We require transcripts from any school you completed 6 or more credits. Please note: Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded into the application system for application review. Official transcripts will be required following admission.
  • A two-part essay that is a maximum of five (5) typed pages (double-spaced, 12 point font) and is exemplary of graduate-level writing. The first part of the essay is a Personal Statement, in which you are asked to discuss the significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a master’s degree in nonprofit management, past experiences that will contribute to your success, how you envision contributing to the School community, and why the Mandel School is a good fit for your educational goals. The second part is an Analytical Essay, in which you are asked to imagine you are a nonprofit executive, discuss the forces impacting nonprofit organizations today, and identify three things you would do to ensure the success and effectiveness of the programs your organization delivers. Applicants also have the option of providing an explanation for their academic history in the essay section (for example, a 3.0 or lower grade point average or a failing grade). In all submissions, the quality of your writing and professionalism will be taken into account.
  • A current resume highlighting your paid and volunteer experiences.
  • Three recommendation letters (preferably from a faculty member, direct supervisor, or volunteer coordinator).

Transfer credit may be given for related graduate level coursework. Credit hours must not have been applied toward a previous conferred graduate degree. Applicants must have received a grade of B or better in any course for which transfer credit is sought. Please provide syllabi for the courses you would like to transfer. There is a 6-credit limit.