MA in Nonprofit Management

Make a difference. Make a living.

Are you looking for a way to make a greater difference in the world? Do you desire to work more effectively toward equity and justice—from human services and environmental issues to the arts, culture, education, and more? Join a community of people who want to bring positive change—while also building a career and earning a livable income.

Antioch University is a nonprofit institution that has prioritized making a difference for nearly 170 years. When you enroll in our Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management (MANM) program, you join a thriving and committed community—led by a team of faculty with decades of leadership experience who are dedicated to the highest level of academic rigor. Our MANM will support you in building the practical skills, professional network, and knowledge you need to increase your impact, advance your career, and excel at your mission.

This degree is offered by AU Online.

Program Overview

At Antioch, we have a distinctive way of looking at leadership. Many management programs seem to focus on the minutiae of administration without asking the bigger, important questions. Our program will help you learn the skills you need to accomplish the little things, but it’s also about helping people become clear about their own values and those of their organization. We look at the larger and smaller contexts, incorporating theory and practice in a practical way you won’t find in most other programs.

We’re also a nonprofit management program within a nonprofit institution, so we live the lives of nonprofit professionals in multiple ways every day. Antioch’s MANM is designed for working professionals who are ready for the next step in their careers. We have a diverse group of students, from those just starting out in the nonprofit world to people who already have leadership positions in agencies and institutions. We operate as an adult learning community—students work closely together in small classes to learn from each other as well as from faculty. Through coursework, we foster a creative space to learn more collaboratively, think more deeply, and perform more effectively together.

We’ve found that this community focus and big-picture thinking allows our students and alumni to solve problems in innovative ways that more traditional managers might not think of—and succeed in unexpected ways.

Program Length

Antioch’s MA in Nonprofit Management is a 33-semester-credit program that can be completed in under two years, and most of our students work full-time while going to school. With six entry points each year, you never have to wait long to start your graduate studies.

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Additional Program Details

Triple-bottom-line thinking is an approach we’ve been perfecting for over 165 years. Antioch’s first president, Horace Mann, was a nationally known abolitionist and social reformer. Antioch was an early adopter of progressive and innovative education – a philosophy that resonates today.

Antioch University’s faculty are active practitioners in their field. They are engaged and present throughout the class. Video, audio, guest speakers, and other tools keep things vibrant and moving forward.

Students engage and interact with each other throughout the courses. Classmates are encouraged to get to know one another, share personal experiences, and network.

Elective courses allow students to pursue their special interests in depth. Students can choose courses from the MHSA, MANM, and MBA programs. The choice of electives is subject to course scheduling. Some special topics courses are available only in consultation with the student’s advisor. A listing of sample courses is below:

The nonprofit sector has grown steadily over the past several decades, employing more than fifteen million individuals in a wide variety of jobs. Nonprofit professionals can lead fulfilling careers in a wide range of fields, including such varied interests as animal welfare, healthcare, education, social services, and social advocacy. Our program assists anyone interested in pursuing or advancing their career in the nonprofit sector, whatever their specific area of interest. The degree equips individuals for roles in program management, fund development, organizational administration, and executive leadership.

Students in this program participate in online learning activities organized within small- and large-group learning communities. Antioch University Online is a 100% online learning environment, and therefore, in addition to having the traditional learning skills, students are expected to have basic technological skills, compatible computer hardware, operating system, and internet connectivity upon entrance into the program.

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Asynchronous, Remote Learning

How do you connect with faculty?

Concentrated Learning: 3-Semester-Unit Class in 7 Weeks

Building Bonds: Online Student Community

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Admissions Criteria

Antioch University particularly seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to building a student population diverse in gender, ethnicity, age, class, physical abilities, learning styles, sexual orientation, professional backgrounds, religious backgrounds, and community experiences. How to Apply

  1. Online Application (No Application fee) 
  2. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants who have not finished their degree must do so before the first day of their desired start term.
  3. Current resume.
  4. GMAT scores are accepted but not required.
  5. Essay: Please describe your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals. Why is this the right time for you?
  6. Additional requirements for international students:
    • Reading & Writing in English Proficiency Assessment (if applicable) or TOEFL score of 550 “paper-based,” 214 “computer-based,” and 79 “internet-based” or higher.

Please submit all materials to: Antioch University Admissions Office 900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387 –OR– [email protected]. All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.


SemesterApplication DeadlinesStart Date
Summer AMay 1May 6
Summer BJune 25July 1
Fall AAugust 21August 26
Fall BOctober 18October 21
Spring AJanuary 3January 6
Spring BFebruary 28March 3
Summer A 2025May 1May 5
Summer B 2025June 25June 30
Fall A 2025August 21August 25
Fall B 2025October 18October 20

Cost and Aid


Master in Human Services Administration (MHSA)$614 per semester hour
MA in Nonprofit Management$614 per semester hour
Master of Business Administration$614 per semester hour
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Financial Aid

Many students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public, and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants – are right for you. Our staff is here to help you so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program.

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