College of Arts and Sciences

Nonprofit Leadership

Ignite your leadership.
Fuel your mission.


The Nonprofit Leadership program provides tomorrow’s leaders critical tools to bring about a just and humane world through two programs, the Master of Nonprofit Leadership and the Certificate in Fundraising Leadership.  Our graduates inspire and effect the kind of change that results in lasting impact on their organizations and communities.  

Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL)

  • 45 credits;
  • Classes meet on campus evening and weekends;
  • Cohort model;
  • Can be completed within 22 months.

The Master of Nonprofit Leadership program at Seattle University was one of the first graduate degrees in the country developed specifically for those who lead, or aspire to lead, nonprofit organizations. Today, the curriculum emphasizes the latest in leadership and management theory and the practical skills and dexterity required of nonprofit leaders. Students work with a distinguished mix of Seattle University faculty and practitioner instructors, learn with a cohort of peers, and build their networks among nonprofit and philanthropic leaders in the region.  

Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership

  • 15 credits;
  • Online/on-campus, with campus classes on 3 Saturdays each quarter;
  • Can be completed within 9 months.

Our specialized curriculum, the first of its kind in Washington, is designed to meet the growing demand for effective fundraisers. A strong theoretical grounding provides the foundation for classes that teach fundraising fundamentals, communications, individual giving, grantwriting and financial management.  Emphasis on reflective practice, leadership, and promoting social justice provides the essential difference between a good fundraiser – and a great one.   


Upcoming Information Sessions


Monday, October 10
Idealist Grad Fair
Campion Ballroom
5pm - 8pm

Friday, October 14
Grad Programs Open House
Student Center
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Wednesday, November 9
Happy Hour Info Session
Casey Atrium
5:30pm - 6:30pm 


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