School of Management at University of San Francisco

Why you should consider this program

The Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management provides students with managerial skills and leadership capacity to make nonprofit / nongovernmental organizations effective in their social mission. In its full-time version, the Master’s degree can be completed in 12 months while engaging with innovative organizations and nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1983, the MNA program has been educating leaders while developing skills and competencies in the area of strategic management, shared governance, impact analysis, public policy, fundraising and marketing. Students can also learn specialized fields such as refugee service management, sustainable development reporting, humanitarian emergency management and social entrepreneurship. 

The mission of the University of San Francisco and the MNA Program centers on social justice for the development of competent and effective nonprofit organizations creating sustainable solutions to social and environmental concerns. The MNA program requires students to engage in various project based learning in partnership with nonprofit organizations. It offers RPCVs the opportunity to transform their experience into a professional career for social change and the common good in one of the greatest cities in the world. Coverdell Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with Bay Area institutions and socially innovative programs through the MNA Program’s integrated Practicum and Capstone projects. The resulting projects will benefit these organizations while also providing the Fellows with the opportunity to define and enhance the next steps in their careers.  

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 42,120 $ 20,000 $ 22,120
Out of state $ 42,120 $ 20,000 $ 22,120
* 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

Tuition waiver

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Coverdell Fellows are eligible to apply for a graduate research assistantship that come with a stipend of $2,520 for two semesters at $14/hr for a maximum of 90 hours per semester

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 22,000

Application fee waived?



The Coverdell Fellows will develop a project in partnership with one of the many local NGOs/NPOs, foundations or social enterprises in the San Francisco Bay Area who serve a marginalized local or global community. 

Through their practicum and capstone projects, Coverdell Fellows learn essential skills in program evaluation, data analysis and social impact analysis. They will collaborate with organizations who will benefit from faculty-supervised professional capacity development services. The Coverdell Fellows will apply their values to change the world through a professional career centered on social services and community development.

Jobs for program alumni

The MNA alumni with sufficient nonprofit experience occupy positions like Elective Directors, Director of Development or similar leadership and director position in nonprofit organizations, foundations, nongovernmental organizations or social enterprises. Some of the organizations where our alumni work include The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, YMCA, UNICEF, The Nature Conservancy, The San Francisco Foundation and Salesforce Foundation. 

Other details

Program length

Full-time Program length: 12 months, Part-time Program: Up to 24 months

Application requirements

All applicants to the program will undergo an initial application review by administrators of the School of Management and are assessed using the following criteria:

  • Official Transcripts
  • Resume (internship or job related experience)
  • International Studies Background (jobs, internships, community activities, etc.)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Professionalism displayed throughout the application process

Admissions process

If an applicant meets our admissions criteria, the scholarship committee will add their application and review all RPCVs applications. The scholarship committee is comprised of faculty and advisory board members. They will determine if the applicant meets USF standards of scholarship. If there are multiple RPCV applicants, the scholarship committee will determine which applicant will receive the fellowship.

Program begins


Non-traditional options

  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



John F Albanese, Director of Enrollment Management

University of San Francisco
101 Howard St. Suite 100
San Francisco, California 94105