Nov 26, 2022  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nonprofit Leadership

Maureen Emerson Feit, PhD, Director
Angela Cabatbat, Graduate Program Coordinator


Programs and Courses for the Nonprofit Leadership Program  

Nonprofit leaders must have the skills and confidence that inspire others to voluntary action, while possessing the strong ability to manage complex organizations.

Master of Nonprofit Leadership

This graduate degree program is designed for those who lead, or aspire to lead, nonprofit organizations. The program offers opportunities to network with and learn from experienced peers while also working with a distinguished mix of instructors drawn from Seattle University faculty, practitioners, and training professionals.

The program has a unique curriculum designed to teach the core competencies expected of effective, values-driven nonprofit leaders. While courses teach the latest leadership and management theory, course work emphasizes practical application. Course work is intended to build on the base of experience that students will bring with them to the classroom.

All courses are scheduled in the evenings or Saturdays.

Program participants have the opportunity to meet with a variety of the region's nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. Personal mentoring is also provided by professionals currently working in the field. Graduates have access to career counseling services and are invited to continue their association with the network of over 425 alumni.

Certificate in Fundraising Leadership

Seattle University's Graduate Certificate of Fundraising Leadership equips participants to conquer the challenges of generating support in an increasingly complex nonprofit environment. The 12-credit program is designed for working professionals, and builds on leadership while providing essential skills. Emphasis on reflective practice, leadership and promoting social justice provides the essential difference between a good fundraiser and a great one.

Students in the certificate program can look forward to gaining essential skills:

  • Instilling and leading a culture of philanthropy;
  • Executing successful campaigns that provide resources while engaging stakeholders;
  • Building and diversifying fundraising teams;
  • Generating momentum and inspiring others to action on behalf of a mission.
  • Learning to think critically, act on values, and take the lead in applying classroom theory to real-world problems.

Our specialized curriculum is offered in online/in-person format, and is designed to meet the growing demand for effective fundraisers and makes high quality fundraising education accessible across the region.

Programs and Courses for the Nonprofit Leadership Program