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Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit Management

Angelica Guerrero, MSNM student - "This degree is going to let me move up in the nonprofit sector.“

Spertus Institute Master of Science
In Nonprofit Management

The graduate degree for
world-changing leaders!

Comprehensive curriculum that addresses all
aspects of contemporary nonprofit management

  • Evening or Accelerated Daytime Programs 
  • Affordable tuition and fees: pay less than $22,000 for the entire program, including books, materials, and fees
  • A pragmatic and relevant education designed for nonprofit leaders 
  • 67% of alumni report promotion or better job within 1 year of graduation 
  • Cohort model that promotes collaborative learning and peer support
  • Effective, dynamic faculty with real-world experience and distinction 
  • Individual program support available through library resource assistance and academic advising 

Initiated to further Spertus Institute’s commitment to the Chicago community, the Nonprofit Management program exemplifies community-building and the difference nonprofit professional make

Offered in a collaborative cohort learning model, students go through the program as a group and graduate as a group. Cohorts of 10 to 20 students allow for individual attention from skilled faculty working in the field. The cohort model enables students to focus on their studies according to a pre-set class schedule. You won't waste time registering for courses and books are delivered to your classroom. This means 100% of your time in the program is spent on attending classes and learning.

Evening Program
Evening students take their core courses over 24 to 27 months on the same night of the week for the entire length of the program. Midway through the program, they select a Concentration Area in Human Services Administration, Fundraising Management, or Jewish Communal Services  or select to do an Independent Project. Concentration Areas are fulled with the addition of a four concentration courses that take place on Monday evenings. Independent Projects are developed the by student with their Faculty Advisor.

Accelated Daytime Program
The 12-month-long Accelerated Daytime program will afford students the opportunity to move through their core courses at a quicker pace and take advantage of Chicago’s rich nonprofit culture through the addition of a required internship.

Compare the Evening and Accelerated Daytime formats:

  Program  Comparison


Accelerated Daytime

  Length of Program

24-27 months

12 months

  When Classes Begin

March and June 2014

March 2014

  Concentration Option


Yes, with additional fee and time


Not part of the program


  Cohort Model



  Program Tuition, Books, and Fees
  Includes all books and materials for the entire program

$22,000 (full program)

$20,000 (full program)

  Admission Requirements:
     Completed Application
     Admissions Essay
     Letter of Recommendation
     Transcripts from All Colleges/Universities Attended
     $50 Application Fee
     Professional Resume

  GMATS or GREs not required for either program.

2.75 GPA

3.0 GPA

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Classes Start in June 2014. 


Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604.

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About Our Students

Students in this program are nonprofit professionals, career changers, and public sector employees. All are seeking to enhance their skills and advance their careers.

Through course modules taught by professional nonprofit practitioners, students receive an in-depth academic experience with practical life-enhancing application.

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For Employers

Spertus Institute offers a free listing service for employers. These listings are available to the nonprofit community and Spertus students/alumni. By listing a position, you reach passionate professionals who have committed themselves to careers in nonprofits. MORE>

  CFRE 2014