Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management

Become a Change-Maker

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A Hands-On Program for Innovative Leaders

The USC Price Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM) is a unique degree that provides the critical skills and training you need to lead complex nonprofit and mission-driven organizations.

As a student you will work closely with leading nonprofit executives and expert faculty, augmenting your coursework with real-world fieldwork. Price is home to over 11 faculty conducting research on nonprofits and philanthropy.

Application Deadlines
Domestic Final Deadline: 7/1/2023
International Final Deadline:

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Why Choose Price’s MNLM Program?

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Your Classmates

Each Master of Nonprofit and Leadership Management cohort proceeds together though the core courses. This unique learning environment is enriched by the diverse experiences of your fellow classmates’ experiences, backgrounds and interests, and our low student-to-faculty ratio (12 to 1) enables you to establish strong relationships with your professors that last beyond your coursework’s conclusion.

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Learn By Doing

USC Price’s professional and career development is expertise-driven and accessible. In your final semester, you’ll collaborate on a client-based capstone project for a nonprofit or philanthropic organization. This project offers the chance to create invaluable professional connections while providing a community-centered experience that bridges your academic and professional skills.

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Meet the Experts

In addition to our exceptional core faculty, you will have access to leaders and influencers in nonprofits, philanthropy and other fields through the industry leaders who routinely come to speak, provide expert viewpoints and augment your academic experience.

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Cutting Edge Research

Through the MNLM program you will have direct access to USC Price’s renowned research centers and institutes, including the Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy and Center for Social Innovation which produce leading-edge research and practice in the fields of philanthropy, nonprofits and social innovation.

Rym Kaki
“More than ever, the field of nonprofit management is in urgent need of leaders and managers trained in the craft of nurturing agile, innovative, fiscally responsible and resilient teams to govern the next generation of mission-driven organizations in a wide variety of social intervention areas, both at home and abroad.”
Rym Kaki
Rym Kaki, Associate Professor (Teaching) Department of Public Policy and Management
(213) 821-9560
[email protected]

“Nonprofits play an increasingly critical and unique role in the world, engaging in activities ranging from philanthropy to advocacy to service provision. Our MNLM students are trained to become leaders in the field with the passion to innovate and use their skills to generate real world impact.”

Nicole E. Esparza
Associate Professor

Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management Alumni Who Inspire

“The reason why I decided on a Price education is I wanted to expand the program and make sure it’s sustainable. I felt like I needed to have some sort of expertise in the nonprofit world and the network that comes from being at a university like USC with a prominent school like the Price School of Public Policy behind me.”

Kiahnna Patton, MNLM

Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management News

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Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy

Established in 2000, the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy promotes more effective philanthropy and strengthens the nonprofit sector to advance public problem solving. Its research focuses on trends and patterns in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, philanthropic strategies for social impact and challenges in philanthropic stewardship and leadership.

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Sol Price Center for Social Innovation 

The mission of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation is to develop ideas and illuminate strategies to improve the quality of life for people in low-income urban communities. Together with the Price School’s academic rigor and practice-based expertise, the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation works to advance new models of equity and opportunity for low-income children and families, as well as advance the field of social innovation through scholarship and rigorous academic inquiry.