Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL)

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Field of Study:Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Course Based:Yes
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $8,275
National: $8,691
Careers:Volunteer Services ManagersFundraising Consultants


Canada’s first Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree (MPNL) prepares graduates to be innovators and leaders in nonprofits, social enterprises, philanthropic foundations, development offices, and in the governments, financial institutions and businesses that interact with them. It is designed for both full-time students who aspire to be change-makers in this field as well as for experienced professionals studying part-time for professional development. The program begins in July with an intensive summer institute and may be taken at a distance in a hybrid format or on campus. We also offer a shorter graduate diploma geared at working professionals and a professional entry master’s with reduced program requirements for those who qualify.


Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio
The School of Public Policy and Administration provides two points of entry into the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership: a standard admission and a professional entry that recognizes significant leadership experience.

Most applicants are considered for the standard admission into the 6.5 credit Master program. They must have an undergraduate or post-graduate degree (or equivalent) with an average of B+ or higher. The level of academic performance and potential as revealed through the degree is more important than the discipline. Students can enter the program from a variety of backgrounds, including the social sciences, humanities, and sciences.

The School also considers mid-career applicants for standard admission who do not satisfy this academic requirement, but who have demonstrated professional excellence over at least five years. Such applicants may use their high achievement in several designated university courses as evidence of their academic potential. These university courses are determined on an individual basis in consultation with the PNL Supervisor. Contact the School for details. Applicants who have at least seven years of work experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit field over which they have exhibited significant leadership and increasing levels of responsibility are considered for entry into the limited number of spaces in the 5.0 credit professional Master program. In addition to such work experience, they must have an undergraduate degree or post-graduate degree (or equivalent) with an average of B+ or higher. Students who seek admission to either the 6.5 or 5.0 credit Master program following satisfactory completion of the Diploma of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership may, with permission of the PNL Supervisor, apply 2.0 of the Diploma credits toward the Masters. Students who have completed courses equivalent to the PANL courses or taken approved graduate courses on the recommendation of the PNL Graduate Supervisor, and obtained a grade of at least B+, may receive advanced standing with transfer of credit for up to 1.0 credit. This will be determined on an individual basis by consultation with the PNL Supervisor and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, pursuant to Section 6.1 of the General Regulations of this Calendar.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 01, 2022