Graduate Degree

Nonprofit Leadership, Global Cultures, and Social Enterprise - Master of Arts

Nonprofit Leadership, Global Cultures, and Social Enterprise - Master of Arts
Plan Code:
Program Level:
Award Type:
Master of Arts
College of Arts and Letters
Religious Studies

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Religious Studies

Graduate Study
Nonprofit Leadership, Global Cultures, and Social Enterprise - Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Leadership, Global Cultures, and Social Enterprise is a transdisciplinary degree administered by the Department of Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Letters. Students will develop expertise in the national and international nonprofit, non-governmental organization, or philanthropic sectors in the context of global cultural knowledge. Emphasis will be placed on leadership, ethics, values, and human and ecological flourishing in civil society, particularly in a religious context. The areas of primary focus are: 1) nonprofit organizations and leadership; 2) global cultural and religious knowledge, ethics and values; 3) individual and cultural renewal and flourishing; and 4) social entrepreneurship.  Practical application and social engagement is emphasized.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and the College of Arts and Letters, students must meet the requirements specified below.


To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Leadership, Global Cultures, and Social Enterprise students must:
  1. have a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
  2. have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of at least 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate study.
  3. have a high degree of potential for advancement to an organizational leadership role.
  4. submit an admissions portfolio consisting of a statement of purpose/letter of intent, a resume or curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, copies of official university or college transcripts, and one writing sample in standard American English (SAE).
  5. have an ACM minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the non-native language proficiency test if the student is an international applicant.
  6. submit a portfolio demonstrating professional experience or interest in nonprofit or philanthropic world.
Students who have deficiencies for regular admission to the program may be admitted provisionally. These deficiencies may require additional course work to make up the deficiencies. This course work will not count towards the requirements for the degree.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Nonprofit Leadership, Global Cultures, and Social Enterprise

At least 30 credits are required for the degree under Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis). At least 15 credits must be at the 800-level. The students program of study is planned and approved in consultation with their advisor. The program is available only online.
Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B
Complete a minimum of 26 credits from the following:
Cultural Knowledge
REL 817 Religion, Cultural Knowledge, and Nonprofits 2
REL 818 Global Religions, NGOs, and Social Change 2
REL 819 Religious Organizations and Civil Society in Asia 2
REL 820 Secularism, Publics, and Religions in Asia 2
Skills and Competencies Group
GNL 821 Values and Ethics in Applied Leadership 2
GNL 822 Cross Cultural Dialogue and Collaboration 2
GNL 823 Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Religion 2
GNL 824 Social Entrepreneurship and Religion: Case Studies 2
GNL 825 Creativity in Organizations 2
GNL 826 Flourishing Under Stress 2
Structural Knowledge
GNL 827 Nonprofit Institutions and Civil Society in a Global Context 2
GNL 828 Nonprofit Governance 2
GNL 829 Nonprofits and the Legal Environment 2
GNL 830 Nonprofit and NGO Marketing and Fundraising 2
GNL 831 Grant-writing for Nonprofits 2
Other Relevant Courses
GNL 890 Independent Study 1 to 4
MGT 810 Human Resource Management for General Managers 2
MGT 840 Leadership and Team Management 2
MGT 842 Leading a Strategy Change 2
Students may enroll in a maximum of two of the MGT courses with approval of the MGT academic advisor.
Additional Requirements for Plan A
1. The following course:
GNL 899 Master’s Thesis Research 4
2. Completion of a master’s thesis.
Additional Requirements for Plan B
1. Completion of 4 credits of additional course work to meet the requirement of 30 credits for the degree.
2. Completion of a final oral examination or evaluation.