masters in Nonprofit Management

Masters in Nonprofit Management

We’re devoted to preparing socially-conscious professionals to be high-performing leaders, capable and competent managers, in service to mission-driven organizations and communities of purpose.

We are unified in our commitment to making a difference for difference-makers; those with a passion to restore the dignity of humanity and the sanctity of the earth through a shared commitment toward equity, justice, and restoration. We pursue our purpose firmly grounded in place, with a focus on serving the Greater Los Angeles area. In so doing, we draw together a regional community of like-minded others, in service to the greater good. Together, we travel the path of progress, beginning with good, while aspiring to great. No assembly line of management techno-bots, we are instead a gathering of civic-minded, lifelong learners who strive to be courageous, competent, collaborative and clear-eyed about our roles as cause champions, community leaders, and organizational managers. In a safe, creative space, our learning community comes to life as we think more deeply, learn more collaboratively, and do more effectively, together. We develop deep connections among students and faculty, learning collectively, creating a space where all feel empowered, supported in the work we do.

We’re not for everyone. We’re a little different. But if who we are resonates with who you are, or who you want to be, we invite you to join us. After all, the joy in the journey is greatest when shared. Find yourself here.

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Apply Now for the Abramson-Muscarolas scholarship which pays 75% of the program tuition. Click the Scholarships and Financial Aid tab for details.

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Program Details

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  • Degree completion in just 18 months over six, 10-week quarters
  • A cohort-based learning community
  • On-campus classes meet Tuesday nights, beginning at 6:15 pm
  • Collaborative learning through face-to-face meetings and online discussions
  • Nonprofit site visits on the second and fifth Saturday mornings of each quarter
  • Practical, hands-on field work on real-world projects of your choosing
  • Dozens of accomplished, guest lecturers offering insight into local organizations
  • Concurrently earn your Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential
  • A variety of Scholarship Opportunities

As a Nonprofit Management degree holder, you’ll enhance career opportunities, prepared to pursue personal purpose and organizational mission fulfillment in such positions as:

  • Executive Director
  • Consultant
  • Service Contractor
  • Program Director
  • Foundation Officer
  • Nonprofit Trustee
  • Development Officer


Each quarter is devoted to a single, essential aspect of a nonprofit organization, which students explore in depth through a project-based curriculum.

  • Quarter 1 – Achieving the Mission and Having Impact: Program Design, Evaluation, and Management.
  • Quarter 2 – Advancing the Cause: Resource Development, Marketing, and Constituent Relations.
  • Quarter 3 – Administration: Managing for the Greatest Good.
  • Quarter 4 – Structure and Governance: Stewardship of the Common Good.
  • Quarter 5 – The Nonprofit System: Structures, Behaviors, Relationships.
  • Quarter 6 – Organization Sustainability: Leading Toward a Preferred Future.

Hands-On Field Work

In addition to classroom curriculum, you will engage in field-based activities each quarter. Take this opportunity to explore a new nonprofit as a volunteer or consultant. Or, focus your fieldwork on a project of interest, outside your normal role, at your current nonprofit organization.

Nonprofit Site Visits

Each quarter, you and your cohort will visit two exemplary nonprofit organizations in the Los Angeles community. Professional staff members lead a tour of the facilities and give a presentation about the organization through the lens of their specific roles and functions.

Certified Nonprofit Professional

AULA is the only Los Angeles-area university that is a Collegiate Partner of the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Graduates of the program are eligible to become Certified Nonprofit Professionals.

As a member of the Association of Certified Nonprofit Professionals, you are immediately connected with thousands of your fellow CNPs serving in leadership positions in nonprofit organizations across the country and around the world.

Admissions Process

Planning for a graduate program can be exciting, but it can also feel overwhelming. Our three-step process makes the admissions process easy:
1. Complete an online application.
2. Submit official transcript indicating Bachelor’s degree conferral from a regionally accredited college or university to AULA Admissions..
3. Learn more about the specific application requirements for this program.

Applicants who need assistance can contact our dedicated admissions staff for support. For more information, visit

Application Deadlines

We are currently accepting applications for the following term(s):

QuarterInternational Application*Final ApplicationClasses Begin
Spring 2017January 24, 2017February 18, 2017April 3, 2017
Fall 2017July 24, 2017August 18, 2017October 2, 2017


Cost per Unit Full-Time Units per Quarter Full-Time Tuition per Quarter Total Program Units Total Tuition Cost
$659 8 $5,272* 48 $31,632*
Please note: Additional fees for Antioch University Los Angeles may apply. For a complete list of applicable fees, please visit the AULA Catalog.

NOTE: Did you know that you can limit tuition loan repayments to a manageable percentage of your income when working in a nonprofit organization and even have your loan forgiven after ten years of nonprofit sector employment? For more info, click here.


Various types of merit and need-based scholarships are available. If you are applying for the MA in Nonprofit Management program you are encouraged to apply for scholarship assistance. Upon completion of your scholarship application, you will automatically be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible. The scholarships available for entering students include:

The OD180 Consulting Scholarship in Nonprofit Management
The Nonprofit Community Matching Scholarship
Abramson-Muscarolas Nonprofit Management Scholarships
Additional Partial-Tuition Scholarships

MA in Nonprofit Management Fall New Student Orientation

Saturday, October 1st, 9:00am to 4:30pmIn room A1015. Led by Program Chair Susan Nero and faculty.


Why Antioch University Los Angeles?


As a student...
  • Study with like-minded adult students aspiring to careers in nonprofit management.
  • Balance work, personal life, and your studies with our flexible schedule designed for working adults.
  • Learn with distinguished professors who work in the nonprofit field.
  • Get inspired by an environment that empowers students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.
 As a graduate...
  • Advance your career by applying your new skills in a position of leadership.
  • Continue your education – our graduates have been accepted to top-tier doctoral programs.
  • Stay connected through our growing Alumni Community.

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