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    Nonprofit Management (MS)

  • Founded more than three decades ago, the Milano School's Nonprofit Management program was the first of its kind in this country. Our students and faculty are known for bringing critical thinking and a commitment to impact, innovation, and social justice to a rapidly growing and evolving sector. The result is a unique program designed to give students the capacity and creative courage to generate, manage, and sustain nonprofit success.

    The Milano School is not currently admitting new students to this master's degree program.  We also offer a graduate minor in Impact Entrepreneurship and graduate certificates in Leadership and Change, Sustainability Strategies, and Organization Development. You can also explore other graduate-level management and entrepreneurship programs offered in other colleges and departments of The New School.

    • Degree Master of Science
    • Credits 42
    • Format Full-time or part-time, on campus
    • Duration 2 years (full-time)

    Program Highlights

    • Progressive, Innovative Approaches

      Challenge assumptions and develop new perspectives for leading and managing nonprofits in an increasingly complex environment.

    • Social Impact

      Develop nonprofit leadership skills centered on advancing equity, engagement, inclusion, and sustainability.

    • Interdisciplinary Opportunities

      Take advantage of courses throughout the university, including other Milano School programs and programs at International Affairs, Parsons and the School of Media Studies.

    • Flexible and Individualized

      Select electives that reflect your interests and support the unique focus of your degree.

    Connecting to New York City

    This global city provides you with a wealth and diversity of possibilities across government organizations, start-ups, and international NGOs. You will discover a range of research and learning opportunities that can enrich your professional and academic portfolios.

    Career Paths

    Our Nonprofit Management students are known for going out into the world and stirring things up. They bring big, sleepy nonprofits back to life and push innovative, thriving companies to be their best. Their impact is being felt at organizations including Harlem's Children's Zone, The New Teacher Project, Jump Start, Fund for Public Schools, Planned Parenthood, Girls Incorporated, and Partners in Health.

  • Nonprofit Management faculty are engaged in research, scholarship, and cutting-edge professional practice. Faculty with extensive professional experience help students learn about environmental and sustainability careers and provide connections to networks of peers and professional organizations that can lead to future opportunities.

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