“The USC Price School’s Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management program has been pivotal for me in running Jazz Hands for Autism. I feel so much more confident that I can run an impactful, sustainable organization. I directly implemented what I learned in class – from a tool to evaluate the program, to soliciting donors, to impact investing.”— Ifunanya Nweke, MNLM ’16
Ifunanya Nweke founded the nonprofit Jazz Hands for Autism, a platform where musically inclined individuals on the autism spectrum can express and explore their talents.
The USC Price School’s Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM) degree provides the critical skills and training necessary to lead complex nonprofit organizations. Students work closely with leading nonprofit executives, augmenting the classroom curriculum with real-world field work. The Price School’s renowned Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy and the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation provide students unique access to leading-edge research and practices in the fields of philanthropy, nonprofits, and social innovation.
Nonprofit masters students proceed together through a prescribed sequence of core courses, in a learning environment enriched by their diverse experiences, backgrounds, and interests. MNLM courses offer a low student-to-faculty ratio, enabling students establish strong mentor relationships with their professors, while also learning from their own colleagues.
Blending theoretical, analytical, and applied work enhanced by engagement with experts and numerous site visits, the masters in nonprofit management program provides students with a comprehensive learning experience found only at USC Price. In the final semester, students collaborate on a client-based capstone project for a nonprofit or philanthropic organization.
In addition to exceptional core faculty who offer tremendous breadth and depth of expertise across key disciplines shaping the philanthropy and nonprofit field, MNLM students also gain access to influencers in the field through USC Price and its research centers. Industry leaders routinely participate in campus-based Price School events.
“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 areas of intervention, both at home and abroad.”— Rym Kaki, Associate Professor (Teaching) & Vice Chair of The Department of Governance & Management
“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 Esparza, Associate Professor