Program Overview

Strengthen your ability to develop strategic, innovative, and cooperative solutions to community problems with Capella University's online Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. You can earn your Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) in as little as 18 months with the ability to transfer up to 25% of your program from previous graduate work.

Our public administration curriculum is designed around the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) standards, which is a recognized organization of advanced education programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public and nonprofit management. Additionally, our faculty have experience in world-class public service organizations and all faculty in public service programs hold doctoral degrees.

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. People who choose this degree often pursue nonprofit leadership positions, start their own nonprofit organization, or are considering a career change in the nonprofit sector.

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.

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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    Requirements

    Your program of enrollment determines the admission requirements. 

    Basic requirements for all programs:

    • Admission application and non-refundable $50 application fee
    • Acknowledgement agreement
    • All applicants must understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English
    • Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable
    • Minimum GPA as defined by your program

    Minimum level of education required:

    • Must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution

    School Overview

    An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers both foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so that what you’re learning in your courses is immediately applicable to your career goals.

    Respected programs that move you forward
    Organizations around the world have acknowledged Capella’s commitment to quality education with accreditations, state approvals, certifications, awards, recognitions, and designations. Right now, more than 37,000 students are expanding their opportunities with Capella programs. 

    Online education. Two ways.
    Our FlexPath format lets you set your own deadlines and move at your own pace. Our GuidedPath format offers extra structure for those who need it.

    Explore options in key professions

    • Analytics
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    • Criminal Justice
    • Education (K–12 & Higher Education)
    • Emergency Management
    • Health Care Administration
    • Human Services
    • Information Assurance and Security
    • Information Technology
    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Public Administration
    • Public Health
    • Social Work

    Multiple ways to help you save

    • Employer and association discounts
    • Military discounts
    • Transfer credit
    • Scholarships
    • Streamlined programs
    • Guides (online resource)
    • Credit for real-world learning

    Online flexibility and personalized support 
    At Capella, online learning means you can take your courseroom anywhere, learning when and where it fits your life. And if you need backup, support services are available every step of the way.

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