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Administrative & Nonprofit Leadership, M.A.

Whitworth's M.A. in Administrative & Nonprofit Leadership can equip you with the skills to manage personnel, lead with integrity and commitment, and deliver positive change to those around you.

This program is ideal for anyone interested in career advancement within their current organization, leadership in nonprofits and those interested in working in higher education.

  • Blend leadership and administrative skills with a Christian perspective.
  • Classes meet in the evenings, two nights per week.
  • Complete your degree in as little as two years.

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Degree Snapshot
Credits 36
Completion Time 2-3 years
Class Format In person; two evening classes per week, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost Per Credit $675* per credit (financial aid & scholarships available)
Application Deadline Applications are due four weeks prior to the start of the semester in which you plan to enroll.
Fall Term Start | Apply by Aug. 1
Jan Term Start | Apply by Dec. 1
Spring Term Start | Apply by Jan. 1
Summer Term Start | Apply by April 1 
Later applications will be considered as program space allows.

*for the 2022-23 academic year

Spencer Grainger"Nonprofit work is the vital infrastructure that keeps our economy growing, our children learning and our communities healthy. Whitworth University's administrative & nonprofit leadership program equips graduates with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to actively pursue diverse executive leadership roles."

Spencer Grainger, Adjunct Faculty and Director, Administrative & Nonprofit Leadership

Convenient Schedule

We understand that you have numerous work, family and life obligations. That is why Whitworth's M.A. in Administrative & Nonprofit Leadership Program is designed to fit busy schedules, and you can enter the program at the start of any semester. Classes are offered in the evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m., usually two nights per week.

Designed for Adults

Learn alongside working professionals who recognize the time and commitment it takes to attend school as an adult, and who bring valuable knowledge and work experience to the classroom. Our instructors demonstrate the expertise and compassion needed to integrate faith with learning, to ensure that your educational experience at Whitworth is an exceptional one.

Everyone in class with you is in a similar situation, folks are just getting off work, navigating having kids and partners at home and trying to pursue a degree just like you. It’s invaluable to lean on each other and cheer each other along as we pursue our goals.

-Michaela Brown, JustLead Washington

Program Curriculum

This 36-credit program seeks to prepare leaders to serve with integrity and compassion. You will gain a deeper understanding of issues that are critical to effective leadership while you develop skills in strategic thinking, financial resource management, communication and team building. During the program, you will participate in a supervised internship of your choice that will give you the opportunity to put your leadership skills into practice to transform lives. 

For course descriptions and learning outcomes of this major, please view the course catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to work in education to enroll in this program?

Working in education is not a requirement for Whitworth's Administrative & Nonprofit Leadership Program. Any professional who wishes to explore leadership theory and practice would benefit from this program. Our program seeks to give students practical skills so that they can be effective in their current and future roles.

Can I work while going through the program?

Absolutely. The M.A. in Administrative & Nonprofit Leadership Program is specifically designed for working professionals. Courses are scheduled in the evenings for your convenience.

How long does the program typically take?

Candidates can finish the program in as few as two years, if attending full time. Part-time candidates can finish in as few as three years.