MNM Admission Requirements

Master of Noprofit Management

Admission to the Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) program is open to students with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and a grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work. Applicants must submit a current professional résumé and an essay about their personal background, career aspirations in the nonprofit sector, and the reason(s) for pursuing graduate study in nonprofit management. The essay should demonstrate graduate-level writing competency and should be written by the applicant and should be 750-1000 words. All applicants must have two letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. At least one letter from a professor from the college/university the applicant attended is preferred. The recommender must address the applicant’s ability to succeed at graduate-level academic work in nonprofit management. (Personal recommendations are not accepted.)  Applicants who do not meet the 3.25 GPA requirement must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are no more than five years old.  Applicants whose native language is not English must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Admission is competitive. Applicants meeting the minimum university and/or program application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program. All requested material must be submitted by the established deadline date (February 15 for summer admission, May 15 for fall admission and October 15 for spring admission). Materials received after the established deadline will not be considered; therefore, make sure that all application materials are in order before applying to the MNM program.

Transfer Credits

Acceptance of credits from approved institutions is dependent on the approval of the MNM Committee. Transfer of credit (graduate courses completed at another university) is limited to 6 semester hours subject to the following restrictions:

  1. The transfer course(s) must be pertinent to the student’s work in the MNM program.
  2. The grade earned in all transfer courses must be B or better.
  3. Graduate-level course credits that have been applied towards another degree can’t be used toward the MNM degree.

Should these conditions be met, approval will be granted if the course work is judged to be equivalent in context and rigor to that of the FAU MNM program. Students must provide an official transcript, and in some cases a course outline, for the credits in question.

Academic Standing

Continuation in the MNM program requires satisfactory progress toward the graduate degree. Evidence of such progress includes maintenance of a 3.0 (B) cumulative grade point average (GPA) throughout the student’s academic study. In addition, only grades of C (not C-) or better are acceptable in fulfilling MNM requirements.

Any student who receives more than two grades of C, or whose GPA falls below a 3.0, will be contacted by the College concerning the academic deficiency. Failure to attain a 3.0 cumulative GPA within two successive semesters following the semester in which the deficiency first occurred may result in dismissal. Students may also be dismissed for other academic irregularities, such as plagiarism.

For any questions regarding the Master of Nonprofit Management degree program, please contact Dr. Robin Larson (Program Coordinator,

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-2316.