University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business

Why you should consider this program

The University of Notre Dame Master of Nonprofit Administration affords one of the best graduate degree returns on investment in the country, aided by merit-based fellowships. The Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellowship covers 25% of tuition and honors those who have served in the Peace Corps and whose goals are to work in the nonprofit sector. Founded in 1954 by Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, the Notre Dame MNA/EMNA program was designed to help those with a servant’s heart gain vital business administration skills. The program provides an exceptional business education through a nonprofit lens focused on essential issues including the study of philanthropy, making an impact through administrative effectiveness, accountability, and revenue generation, as well as the core disciplines of business. Programs are housed within the Mendoza College of Business, a top business school.

MNA Program

  • Residential, full-time 10 months
  • 36 credit hours
  • 0-2 years of experience
  • Includes a practicum developing additional not for profit (NFP) experience
  • Begins mid-August
  • Commencement mid-May

Executive MNA Program - An accelerated hybrid program

  • A flexible, hybrid format that can be completed in a few as 14 months or up to 60 months, designed to meet the needs of working professionals
  • Fall and Spring Semester courses are taught virtually online (synchronous)
  • Summer courses are in person on the campus of Notre Dame
    • 5 summer modules in total, each module being two weeks in duration
    • Modules I, II, IV, and V include required courses for a total of 8 weeks on campus. Module III includes electives. Electives may be taken in person, on campus during the summers OR may be taken during the fall/spring semesters.
    • A total of 8 to 10 weeks on campus (in two week module increments), over 14-60 months depending upon course load, is required
  • 42 credit hours
  • More than two years of nonprofit experience required
  • Begins early June
  • GRE waiver may be requested

Candidates are typically from:
K-12 and higher education (33%)
Health and human services (25%)
For-profit with NFP clients (10%)
Other, including government, religious, non-government organizations (NGO), and arts (32%)

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 39,700 $ 10,500 $ 29,200
Out of state $ 39,700 $ 10,500 $ 29,200
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

The table above is for the MNA program.

$10,500 tuition scholarship.

Total Costs:

  • MNA - $39,700 (2022-2023 academic year)
  • EMNA - $1,110 per credit hour (2022-2023 academic year), 42 credit hours to complete degree

Less Coverdell Fellowship MNA: $29,775 (2022-2023); EMNA: $833/credit hour (2022-2023)

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

EMNA candidates may qualify for an additional 3 credit hours of tuition funding based upon successful completion of a Field Project in a high need U.S. community.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 10,450

Application fee waived?



MNA Program

The experiential learning is comprised of two parts:

Fall semester practicum: Placement of a candidate with a local, regional, national, or international nonprofit and/or social enterprise organization to gain valuable field experience within an agency while having the opportunity to turn theory into practice. Completion of a mutually-agreed upon project at the agency.

Spring semester synthesis: Candidate and organizations will engage in faculty-led discussions centered on work completed in the fall semester.

EMNA Program

The Field Project is a capstone experience for students emphasizing the practice of nonprofit leadership, sustainability and administration based on EMNA coursework and research and applied to a high need U.S. community nonprofit. Requires approximately 100 hours.

Jobs for program alumni

MNA Program

The first cohort will begin August 2019 and will graduate in May 2020. We anticipate candidates will work across the not for profit sector reflecting their interests and abilities.

EMNA Program

Over 90% of EMNAs are employed full-time while enrolled in the program at organizations including but not limited to:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots (AOPA) Foundation
  • Archdiocese of the Catholic Church
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Chicago History Museum
  • City of Mesquite, TX
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ
  • Illinois Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Society
  • Latino Policy Forums
  • Lutheran Child and Family Services
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Medical Center of the Americas Foundation
  • Mennonite Central Committee
  • North Carolina Golf Association
  • Northwestern Medical Foundation
  • Red Cross
  • Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
  • Salvation Army
  • Springhill Consulting Group
  • The (Chicago) Field Museum
  • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • U.S. Army, Air Force, Marines, Department of Defense (DOD)
  • UNI Global Union
  • United Cerebral Palsy
  • United States Tennis Association
  • United Way
  • Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Young Life
  • Many K-12 and higher education institutions

Other details

Program length

EMNA hybrid: 14-60 months; MNA full-time/residential: 10 months

Application requirements

MNA Program


Admissions process

When submitting your application be sure to include a signed copy of your Description of Service (DOS) to indicate that you are applying for the Coverdell Fellowship.  

Program begins

EMNA: Early-June; MNA: Mid-August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



MNA: J.Christpher Ditmar Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, Executive MNA: Janel Zakrzewski-Kuntz, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Mendoza College of Business
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Notre Dame, IN 46556