Surround Yourself With Excellence
Surround Yourself With Excellence

The Online Graduate Programs in Nonprofit Leadership

Become uniquely connected to a supportive group of top-quality leaders, all driven to serve and improve their local and world communities. With personalized guidance from Bradley’s highly acclaimed faculty experts, you’ll learn and grow together, building the networks that will empower you to nurture and strengthen positive social change throughout your careers.

Program Details

  • 36 credit-hour, 12-course master’s program includes field experience
  • 12 credit-hour, 4-course certificate program
  • Complete the master’s degree in as few as 16 months
  • Three start dates per year: spring, summer, and fall
  • No GRE required
“The collective learning experience with my classmates was invaluable. Our collaborative work in teams opened doors to diverse perspectives, allowing me to gain insights from their experiences and expertise. It was such a supportive atmosphere.”
—Renee C., M.A. in NPL, ‘23
“The collective learning experience with my classmates was invaluable. Our collaborative work in teams opened doors to diverse perspectives, allowing me to gain insights from their experiences and expertise. It was such a supportive atmosphere.”
—Renee C., M.A. in NPL, ‘23

Who Studies Nonprofit Leadership?

Meet your online student community.

Bradley University has been teaching nonprofit leadership for 30 years and we know our students well. You’ll study and work alongside professionals who are:

  • Service-oriented, with career goals directed toward helping others and supporting their communities
  • Driven by their organizations’ missions and objectives
  • Interested in leading the future of nonprofit organizations
  • Committed to creating a more diverse group of leaders and serving their communities appropriately
  • Motivated to develop their careers through networking, real-world experience, and tangible, applicable skills

Professional Impact

Hear From Our Graduates

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Program Coordinator Brad McMillan and Bradley NPL alumni discuss the program’s power to expand and enrich careers.

Top-Tier Leadership: Strength From Experience

Wisdom gained through action is priceless. The remarkably deep resumes of Bradley’s NPL faculty members—several of them alumni of the MA in Nonprofit Leadership program—are testaments to the unparalleled expertise they bring to their teaching.

Three members of Bradley University faculty

With 25 years of experience leading health and human service organizations, Julie Siebert (MA in NPL, 2008) is now director of compliance for the Children’s Home Association of Illinois. Lori Bowman (MA in NPL, 2019) is a seasoned authority in human resources, currently serving as a human resource specialist at i3 Broadbrand. Before Mark Roberts (MA in NPL, 2005) became president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, he led the Central Illinois Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, spearheaded development at the Lutheran Hillside Village Foundation, and directed advancement and community relations for The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.

Their sterling experience, and that of their faculty colleagues, ensures the incomparable educational quality of Bradley’s online graduate programs in Nonprofit Leadership.

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Become the expert who creates lasting social impact.

You’re committed to making a difference. It’s time to advance into the senior positions that drive real change. Gain the leadership expertise you need through Bradley University’s online graduate programs in Nonprofit Leadership. Learn from award-winning authorities—in a supportive environment, on a flexible schedule that fits into your life.

Complete the form to get information on the program structure, curriculum, benefits, and application requirements.

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Bradley University is authorized to deliver online programs to US citizens and permanent residents residing in the United States. International students are encouraged to inquire about on-campus opportunities by visiting Bradley University International Admissions.

Small Classes, Huge Impact

Your Bradley experience will combine the personalized support of a small university with the academic rigor and quality of elite institutions.

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Unparalleled Expertise

You’ll learn from subject matter experts who have abundant, high-level nonprofit leadership experience.

Explore the Curriculum

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One-to-One Mentoring

Throughout your program, you’ll receive individualized attention and mentorship from committed, accessible faculty.

Meet the Faculty

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Tailor-Made Timing

You’ll readily balance school with work and life, completing your program on your schedule.

Review Key Dates

Admissions Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2024

Final Application Date
July 20, 2024
Fall 2024
Start Date
August 21, 2024
Fall 2024

Spring 2025

Final Application Deadline
November 15, 2024
Spring 2025
Start Date
January 22, 2025
Spring 2025

Summer 2025

Final Application Deadline
April 15, 2025
Summer 2025
Start Date
May 21, 2025
Summer 2025

Ready to take the next step?

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