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Online Master's – Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement Concentration

Effect Positive Change in the Nonprofit Sector

100% online coursework

Career-focused degree

Global perspective

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  • Duration 1–2 years
  • Cost per Credit $660
  • Credit Hours 12

Program Benefits

  • Gain skills to advance in your career
  • Become a transformative leader in any community
  • 100% asynchronous online format, eight-week terms
  • No application fee

Earn a Personalized Degree for Nonprofit Administration

The online MPA Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement concentration offers students the opportunity to explore topics in community development, leadership, fundraising, and organizational behavior through a faith-based, liberal arts curriculum. With support from industry experts, you’ll experience a career-focused education and complete a personalized degree program that helps you advance toward your career goals. Graduate with knowledge and skills that are highly valued for positions in nonprofit leadership.

With 100% online, asynchronous coursework, Calvin offers the flexibility to study on your schedule. Access the virtual learning environment to interact with learning materials from anywhere and experience online instruction that matches the quality of classroom learning.

Career Outlook: Roles in Nonprofit Administration

Upon completion of your online master’s with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement, you’ll be prepared for success in a range of public administration positions, including chief librarian. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals in this role earn a median salary of $61,190 per year. Librarian employment is expected to grow 9% by 2030, with 13,000 new positions in this field.1

Potential career opportunities for graduates of the online MPA in Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement:

  • Chief Librarian
  • Grants Coordinator
  • Director of Advancement
  • Director of Development
  • Executive Director
  • Development Manager

Director of Development


Directors of development are skilled professionals with specialization in fundraising, grant writing, and event management. Individuals in this role may also be involved in team management and strategic planning.2

Career Outlook

Curriculum: Designed to Build Leadership Skills

The online MPA in nonprofit administration curriculum explores topics in community leadership, economic development, and transformative service. As a student, you’ll complete 12 credit hours of study in the Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement concentration to gain specialized skills that further your learning goals.

Course Spotlight: NOPM 607 Nonprofit Boards and Community Leadership

This course incorporates and applies organizational behavior and theory to explore the leadership role, responsibilities, and interaction between board members and the executive director. Areas of examination include a comparison of different governing models, key questions to consider in board selection and composition, the responsibilities of advisory boards, working with committees, and the expectations of the board in the area of fundraising.

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Course Spotlight: MGMT 542 Leadership: Service, Influence, and Transformation

What are some of the critical skills of self-leadership needed to achieve personal and professional goals? How can these skills be applied toward service, influence, and intentional development and growth? This course focuses on the social, cognitive, and psychological processes characterizing authentic, servant, and transformational leadership, and provides an introduction of certain critical skills of self-leadership that contribute to accomplishing personal and professional goals. Other areas of emphasis include identification of individual differences and using assessment materials, analytical tools, and theory to develop action plans that will support sustained personal and professional growth.

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Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPA): State and Local Government Administration Concentration

The online MPA with a concentration in State and Local Government Administration explores topics in public management, economic and community development, and local politics to equip students with the skills necessary to become transformational community leaders.

Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPA): Spatial Analysis Concentration

The online MPA with a Spatial Analysis concentration is intended for public administrators who want to bring expertise in geographic information systems to their careers in public service. Grounded in virtue-driven GIS knowledge and skills, attention is given to spatial data collection and processing, urban and demographic geographies, and foundational cartographic communication.

Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPA): Organizational Leadership Concentration

The online MPA with an Organizational Leadership concentration provides managerial knowledge and leadership skills to help public and nonprofit administrators make a positive impact in their communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

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You can complete the program in as little as one year. The concentration requires 12 credit hours, which count toward the 36 credit hours necessary to earn an MPA. To learn more about the curriculum, view our courses page.

Prior work experience is not required. Explore admission to the program.

No field hours are required to complete the MPA concentrations. For more information on our curriculum, visit our courses page.

We incorporate our Christian mission into all of our coursework. After completing our online degree programs, graduates will enter the world ready to think deeply, act justly, and live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal.

Those who hold an MPA with a Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement concentration may pursue career titles such as grants coordinator, director of advancement, and development manager. Learn more about the Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement concentration.

Tuition is $660 per credit hour. To complete the MPA, you’ll need 36 credit hours for a total tuition of $23,760. Your concentration will fulfill 12 of these credit hours. Review our tuition page for more information.

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