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Master's in Public Administration – Non-Profit Leadership Specialization

Students who want to become leaders in non-profit organizations, should consider the MPA in Non-Profit Leadership offered at Indiana Wesleyan University. In less than two years, you can learn to make a greater impact in policymaking, leadership, and administrative processes in your public service career. If you are wondering, “what is an MPA,” it is a master’s level program focused on work in executive level roles in government and non-profit settings. So, if you want to earn a credential that can give you great opportunities and impact in non-profit environments, this program aligns with your goals.

Why Pursue My Master’s in Non-Profit Leadership at IWU?

There are several benefits to earning your Master of Public Administration online at IWU. We provide a full system of student support, including tutoring, tech support, and full-time chaplains to all our students. Online courses are delivered using the latest interactive technology, along with 1:1 support from faculty as you learn. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career. Plus, we lock in the rate of your tuition once you start the program. This eliminates the worry of unexpected cost increases once you start classes.

What Will I Learn in This MPA in Non-Profit Leadership Program?

Students searching for a strong credential in non-profit leadership can benefit from this MPA degree. Courses cover organizational behavior, ethical leadership, and policy processes. You will be taught by professors with experience working at the executive level in public administration roles. The program concludes with a capstone project that combines knowledge learned in the courses and the future professional goals of each student.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

36 Credit Hours


$559/ Credit Hour

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans’ benefits, and employer reimbursement.

Financial AidTuition Info

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing
What You Will Study in This MPA in Non-Profit Leadership Program

The curriculum for this MPA with Non-Profit Leadership specialization covers how to:

  • Become a leader who understands how to apply processes for good governance
  • Steer policy processes toward positive outcomes to achieve its intended results
  • Communicate effectively with diverse audiences in global contexts
  • Weave biblical perspectives into a virtuous career in non-profit leadership

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Consulting
  • Local, State, and Federal Government Agencies
  • Military Career Advancement
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Public Policy

Work in Various Industries

  • Industries

Program Requirements
  • A baccalaureate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), verified on official transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed. If an applicant's GPA is below 2.5, the student may be admitted on a probationary basis, as established by the guidelines of the college.
  • All credits required in the curriculum sequence with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of "C" in each course. A grade of "C-" or below will require the course to be repeated.
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.0 in all IWU graduate work.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required in order to receive a diploma.
Program Requirements
  • Students must successfully complete POL-521 (minimum grade of "C") in order to continue in the program.
  • Students must successfully complete all core and specialization courses prior to taking the capstone course.
Transfer of Credits
  • Credit may be transferred in from a regionally accredited institution (maximum of six hours) for any core or specialization course except for POL-587. The curriculum will be completed in the order established by Indiana Wesleyan University. Indiana Wesleyan University reserves the right to modify the curriculum as necessary.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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