Program Overview

Eastern University’s M.S. in Nonprofit Management program is one of only a handful of graduate programs in the country focused on management needs in the nonprofit sector. It is offered in a blended online residency program that accommodates working professionals already working or desiring to begin a career in nonprofits. Scarcer resources and increased competition mean that an organization’s viability depends on its adoption of effective management approaches and tools. This program helps present and future nonprofit leaders cultivate analytical and problem solving skills unique to the needs of that sector.

The program is a blended online and weekend residency program in the Philadelphia area. Cohorts meet in class for ten out of twenty-two to twenty-four months and carry out research and practical, field-based learning throughout.

Working professionals are able to balance their work schedules with the demands of the program and course syllabi. An emphasis on in-class discussion, mentoring from instructors, independent research and project management form the pillars of the program. This program is considered full-time for the purpose of federal student loan eligibility.

The program offers unique attributes among graduate programs in its field. An international perspective helps future leaders in nonprofit management hone interpersonal skills and transcend cultural barriers. Teamwork and communication skills are among the most important indicators of success in the business and nonprofit sectors alike, and the program emphasizes both so its students are successful on a variety of career paths. Environmental and ethical concerns are of utmost importance to Eastern University as an institution focused on ministry and social justice, and the program uses them as a foundation on which to teach students to develop careers of integrity.

Students entering the program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and three to five years of full-time professional work experience, including supervisory and leadership responsibilities. It is also expected that prospective students have completed coursework in both qualitative and quantitative subject areas to provide foundational skills.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Eastern University is a private, Christian, four-year institution of higher education located in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. The Christian university is affiliated to the American Baptist Churches. Founded in 1925 as a part of the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the university broke away from the seminary in the 1950s to become its own separate entity known as Eastern Baptist College. In 1972 in an effort to welcome Christians of other denominations, the university dropped Baptist from its name to become Eastern College. In 2001, the university changed its name yet again to its current title.

    Eastern is a Christian university dedicated through teaching, scholarship, service, spiritual formation, student development and societal involvement to the preparation of undergraduate, graduate and Seminary students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith and service. Eastern students discover how to pursue this mission in over fifty programs offered by our colleges and seminary, including Associate's, Bachelor's, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs. Many degrees at all levels are available in online or hybrid formats.


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