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  • 63 - Number of undergraduates who earned a degree 2015-16
  • 56 - Number of MPA graduates in 2015-16
  • 57 - Number of MNM graduates in 2015-16
  • 5 - Number of M.S.-URP graduates in 2015-16
  • 17 - National ranking of the MNM program by U.S. News and World Report
  • 63 - National ranking of the M.P.A. program by U.S. News and World Report
  • 13 - Number of MRA graduates in 2015-16
  • 193 - Total number of degrees awarded by SPA in 2015-16

Mailing Address

School of Public Administration
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816-1395

Phone: 407-823-2604
Fax: 407-823-5651

Master of Nonprofit Management

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The School of Public Administration's Master of Nonprofit Management is offered completely online. The MNM program provides opportunities for students to prepare for employment or to advance their careers as administrators in the nonprofit sector or with organizations that partner with the nonprofit sector. Graduates of the MNM program are equipped with the nonprofit management knowledge and analytic skills needed for a successful career in this rapidly growing sector. The program is ranked 17th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Program Details

The program curriculum consists of 36 credits and includes a core of 30 credits and a nine-credit option of:

(A) one 6000-level PAD elective (3 credits) and one additional (5000 or 6000-level) elective (3 credits)
(B) one 6000-level 300 hr. PAD internship (3 credits) and one additional (5000 or 6000-level) elective (3 credits)
*Option (B) can lead to eligibility for certification as a nonprofit professional through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Students must achieve a minimum grade "B-" for each core class and maintain an overall program grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.


Internships are available. Students without practical administrative experience in the nonprofit sector are strongly advised to complete an internship as part of their elective area.

Non-Resident Cohort Program

The School of Public Administration offers an MNM cohort program for students living outside the state of Florida. The program is totally online and the curriculum is identical to the Florida-resident program. Students in the cohort program pay less than half of the out-of-state tuition.

Residency Restrictions

Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in the states listed below. If you reside in one of these states, you may not be permitted to enroll in or be admitted to a UCF online program. Please contact your state's higher education regulation authorities or a UCF program advisor for more details.

  • Minnesota

Application and Admission

Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.  Applications are accepted for fall and spring semesters.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • An official transcript (in a sealed envelope) with a 3.0 or better GPA based on a 4.0 scale from each college/university attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required along with the form provided by Graduate Studies. Recommendation letters must specifically address the prospective student's ability to succeed in graduate coursework and his or her work ethic.  Recommendation letters from professors are preferred; letters from past and current supervisors are also acceptable. 
  • A current professional résumé.
  • Statement of goals: This is a key component of the admission review process and serves as an example of the applicant's ability to express him or herself in writing.  The goal statement must be no longer than two pages and should address the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing graduate study in Nonprofit Management, including your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of Nonprofit Management interest you?
    • Work experience (nonprofit experience is preferred, not required)
  • Applicants who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

All requested material must be submitted by the established deadline date.  Material received after the established deadline may not be considered.  Admission to this master program is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission to this program. 

Students are expected to be computer literate upon entry to the program or are expected to obtain these skills immediately upon admission to the program. This program is completely online, so computer skills and computer internet access are necessary to take the courses.

The hallmark of our work is our strong community engagement.
— Mary Ann Feldheim,  Ph.D., Associate Professor
"The University of Central Florida was a valuable preparation for both graduate school and for the world of work within the field of public affairs."
— Ben Hagen,  B.S. in public administration, '10; Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project
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