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University of Notre Dame — Mendoza College of Business

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
Mendoza College of Business
Degrees Awarded:
Nonprofit Administration (MNA)
Admissions Deadlines:

Admissions deadlines are January 15, February 15 and March 15 each year. Given the competitive applicant pool, you are encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle.

Program Start:
Orientation in late June, immediately followed by four weeks of classes
Program Founded:
May, 2010


The Notre Dame Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) program will award one Peace Corps Fellowship totaling $10,500 (approximately 25% of the total tuition for 42 credit hours). Consideration for other merit-based scholarships and financial aid awards will be given to additional Peace Corps candidates based on the strength of their applications.


The Notre Dame Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) degree is the only nonprofit degree program offered by a Top 20 business school, as ranked in the most recent BusinessWeek biennial survey of top MBA programs. By providing an exceptional business education through a nonprofit lens, we are educating Peace Corps Fellows to be future leaders, serving the nonprofit and public sectors. The program addresses essential issues in these sectors, including the study of philanthropy, information technology, administrative effectiveness, accountability, revenue generation, as well as the core disciplines of business.

The MNA degree requires 42 total credit hours: 30 core credits, nine elective credits, and three credits for a capstone Field Project. A new cohort begins each summer with a three-day orientation and four weeks of classes (equates to 12 core credits). Each student then has one to three additional summers to complete the remaining 18 core credits needed. The core courses are offered each summer in two-, four- or six-week sessions with each two-week session equaling 6 credits. The nine elective credits are earned through online courses available in the fall and spring each year.

We only accept students who have at least two years of nonprofit work and/or volunteer experience post their undergraduate experience. This is an applied degree so students see the tangibility of the curriculum immediately and the positive impact in the communities they serve. Our students represent a diversity of areas in the nonprofit sector, and we are proud to provide an exceptional body of peers for our Peace Corps Fellows. We have students from human services, arts and healthcare sectors; religiously affiliated organizations; foundations; parochial and secular education; and higher education. Each class is capped at a relatively small size?about 30 students?to facilitate a tight-knit community of learners.



A completed application includes a completed application form, a $60 application fee, official academic transcripts, a two-page personal essay, two completed recommendation forms, GRE results, and resume.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Kimberly Brennan
MNA Program Manager

Nonprofit Professional Development
University of Notre Dame 340 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-0399
(574) 631-3639
(574) 631-6532

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