Apply for a Master of Nonprofit Management

  • Application Available: Generally fall term, the preceding year
  • Application Deadline: February 1. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis depending on available space. Students typically begin the program fall term, but under certain circumstances, may start mid-year.
  • Application Decision: The admissions committee meets monthly after February 1 to evaluate completed applications. Applicants will be notified by mail of their admission status.

The application process for the Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) program is an online process. You will need to create electronic copies (in PDF format) of your unofficial transcripts, your statement, and your résumé for uploading. We encourage you to begin the online application process at any time. You may return later and complete the process as you gather the necessary application materials. Please contact Bob Choquette, graduate coordinator,, if you encounter any difficulties with the online system.

The nonprofit sector attracts leaders from a variety of backgrounds. Therefore, we welcome high-achieving applicants with any undergraduate degree, at various stages in their professional careers. Some applicants have prior graduate degrees. If you are a currently enrolled UO graduate student, you may use existing reference letters, copies of undergraduate transcripts, and GRE scores from your previous graduate admissions file.

The Master of Nonprofit Management program encourages students from all backgrounds to apply. We are committed to providing equal opportunities for all faculty, staff, and students regardless of ethnicity, heritage, gender, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic standing, cultural beliefs, and traditions. We welcome students from a full spectrum of professional and academic backgrounds because a wide range of experience enriches the learning environment and challenges us to broaden our perspectives. We believe a diverse program better prepares our students to be effective leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors.

You can direct your questions as follows:

  • Currently enrolled graduate students interested in earning a concurrent degree may contact Bob Choquette for application procedures to the nonprofit management master’s program.
  • For questions about curriculum or advising, contact Professor Dyana Mason, the program director: 
  • Direct inquiries about the status of your admissions file, admission to the UO Division of Graduate Studies, or registering for classes to Bob Choquette, graduate coordinator: 
  • For questions about internships at nonprofit organizations, contact Julie Voelker-Morris, Career Services Director:

We encourage prospective students to visit us. Learn more about the program and meet current faculty and students by attending a scheduled Graduate Info Session or arranging an individual visit.

How To Apply for the Master of Nonprofit Management

The online application system is open to receive prospective student applications for entry next fall, with a priority acceptance deadline of February 1. Direct questions about admissions to Bob Choquette, graduate coordinator. In exceptional cases, mid-year entry and alternative admission dates are possible. The application is a multipart process that you must complete before the application committee can review it.

  1. University of Oregon Division of Graduate Studies Application: You'll need to provide official transcripts and information on your personal and educational background, as well as English language competency for non-native English speakers. (Note: if you are applying to more than one program at the UO, you must complete one Graduate Application for each program. Be sure to use the checkbox on the application form to avoid paying a second application fee.)

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  1. UO application requirements
  2. English Language Proficiency: All applicants for whom English is not a native/primary language must satisfy one of the following English Language Proficiency criteria in order to be eligible for admission.


  • At the time of application, applicants must submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended, including the University of Oregon. Unofficial transcripts are uploaded as part of the online application.
  • Applicants who accept their offer of admission and matriculate must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities from which they received a bachelor’s degree or higher. Detailed information about submitting official transcripts is available here.
  • A comprehensive employment and education résumé, uploaded into the Online Graduate Application.
  • Answers to the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in studying nonprofit management?
    • Why are you interested in pursuing this graduate degree at the University of Oregon?
    • What are your professional goals with this degree?
    • What do you hope to accomplish with this degree?
    • What professional and personal experiences and values will you bring to this program and the profession?

OPTIONAL: Share any personal challenges, barriers, or hardships you faced, how you overcame them, and how they have shaped your academic experience and professional goals. This could be an opportunity for you to explain something on your transcript that may raise concerns to the admissions committee.

OPTIONAL: You may submit a statement of application for an NSF Graduate Employee position in the Cascadia Coastlines and Peoples Hazards Research Hub with José Meléndez. Read more about this opportunity.

  • Three letters of recommendation from references who can evaluate your academic potential, with one or more of the letters by a faculty member.
  • (Optional) Scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) should be sent from the testing center. The University's institution code is "4846 UO," and use program code "Public Administration." GMAT scores are also accepted; use code "KSQ."