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Master of Science in Nonprofit Management

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Columbia’s Master of Science in Nonprofit Management prepares graduates for leadership roles within mission-driven organizations in a wide variety of contexts, including global and community nonprofits, foundations, higher education, healthcare, the arts, or as in-demand fundraising and development experts. Students complete the full-time option primarily on Columbia’s New York City campus. The program takes one year to complete. Only fall entry is available for full-time on-campus students.  

At a Glance


In This Master’s Program, You Will…

  • Learn how to manage, scale, and sustain organizations across sectors, grounded in the unique challenges and opportunities for nonprofit organizations and stakeholders.
  • Attain leading-edge management skills to make strategic, high-level and cross-functional decisions.
  • Explore current issues and strategies in public-private partnerships, nonprofit policy and law, digital communications, business aspects of nonprofit organizations, international management, and social entrepreneurship, along with innovations in philanthropy.
  • Pursue an area of focus to enhance your expertise on topics that matter most to you, including fundraising and development, international management and perspectives, or philanthropy.
  • Create and implement technology and digital media strategies to inform, measure and amplify impact.
  • Select from elective courses across the full breadth of Columbia’s highly regarded schools and programs.
  • Access professional development opportunities and guidance from our many experienced faculty to accelerate your career.
  • Join Columbia’s global network, with full and lifelong access to Columbia’s world class resources, faculty, and alumni.


Program Features Include…

  • An innovative curriculum taught by distinguished scholar-practitioners who are experts  in their fields.
  • An emphasis across the curriculum on public-private partnerships, cutting-edge technology, ethics, and international aspects of the field.
  • A highly flexible format in which students can move between in-person and online learning modalities.
  • An in-depth Capstone Project wherein each student partners with an actual 501c3 to solve real-world challenges facing the organization and the sector.
  • Access to the mission-driven community locally, nationally, and globally, including the thriving international nonprofit community based in New York City.
  • Faculty and alumni who are connected to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and provide academic and career advisement as well as opportunities for networking and employment.

Who Should Apply?

  • Experienced nonprofit professionals who want to pursue roles with increased executive responsibilities.
  • Career changers and new professionals who want to start applying their skills and ultimately pursue senior development and executive leadership positions in the nonprofit sector.

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