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MANPM Admission Information

Admission to the M.A. in Nonprofit Management Program

The Admissions Committee will consider several factors when determining admission eligibility into the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management program, including the candidate’s:

  • Experience and interest in the nonprofit sector (Five years of full-time experience in the nonprofit sector is preferred but not required)
  • Proven academic ability
  • Demonstration of skills necessary to complete the program successfully
  • Ability to contribute to the nonprofit sector upon completion of the program

Applicants to the program must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0** from prior undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Proficiency in English (if a graduate of a university in which English is not the native language) provided by an adequate TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 550 with section scores of 50 or higher

**Applicants who do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement may be given conditional admission to the program if their other application materials provide good evidence that they will be successful in the program. These applicants are also encouraged to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Strategic Planning instead. Once enrolled in the graduate certificate, students in good standing will have the option to apply to the MANPM program at any point after receiving passing grades in their first two courses in the certificate.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit all of the following items in order to be considered for admission. Resumes and personal statements can be uploaded through the applicant portal, emailed to, or mailed to:

Office of Admissions – Graduate Admissions
University of Houston-Downtown
One Main Street, Suite GSB 308
Houston, TX 77002-1001

  • Submit an application 
  • Pay the $35 application fee
  • Request/submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended to the email or mailing address above (including community college work and prior graduate work).
  • Provide a professional/personal resume
  • Provide a personal statement of 1,000 words or less in response to this prompt: Describe your experiences in the nonprofit sector and explain how those experiences have prepared you to succeed in nonprofit management.
  • Provide the names and email contact information for two recommenders in the application.
    • Your recommenders/references should be individuals with knowledge of your work and who are able to address your academic potential such as former professors, work supervisors, or professional colleagues.
    • Your recommenders will be contacted and provide their recommendations directly into the application system. Please make sure you have accurate email addresses for both recommenders.
  • Provide TOEFL scores of 550 with section scores of 50 or higher (if a graduate of a university in which English is not the native language).

Transferring Coursework

The Program Director may approve up to 6 hours of coursework to be transferred into the program from another institution. Students must have earned a grade of B or above in a course to qualify for transfer credit. Fill out the Graduate Transfer Credit Petition form to make a transfer credit request. (pdf)


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