In 2013, the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) program and its sister program, the Graduate Diploma in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (DPNL) program, were launched with a vision: to equip graduates with a specialized, versatile set of skills and knowledge to succeed in a range of careers in nonprofits, social enterprises, foundations, government agencies and private-sector firms. Both programs are unique in Canada and comparable to programs internationally.
For a decade, students and alumni of both programs have included a mix of experienced and aspiring professionals, all of whom are innovators and change-makers. They make positive contributions to the world, knowing this requires the ability to think critically, use evidence, develop strategies and exercise effective leadership. They use their diverse interests and experiences to learn from and mentor each other during the program and throughout their professional careers.
The MPNL and DPNL programs accept about 30 students a year
There’s only one intake each year, with classes beginning in the summer (not in the autumn). MPNL and DPNL students take the same courses; the difference is that the DPNL program is shorter. Please see our Programs page for more about courses, admissions requirements, scholarships and other details.
Hear from alumni on our 10th anniversary (in 2023):
“MPNL plays a key role in the growing professionalization of the sector and in attracting...
“MPNL plays a key role in the growing professionalization of the sector and in attracting top talent, research and resources.” –Amanda Mayer
Amanda Mayer was a graduate student in the MPNL program in 2013, the program's inaugural year, and is a member of the Editorial Board for PANL Perspectives. She's been with... More
“The MPNL program provided me with resources and approaches to increase impact, but also, to...
“The MPNL program provided me with resources and approaches to increase impact, but also, to promote justice.” –Brianna Salmon
Before enrolling in the MPNL program, Brianna Salmon worked with a non-governmental organization (NGO) and finished a graduate thesis about sustainable transportation. She graduated from the MPNL program in 2014... More
“The board chair walked into the office and offered me the position of CEO” —...
“The board chair walked into the office and offered me the position of CEO” — Allison Ramchuk, MPNL graduate
On the 10th anniversary of the MPNL program, PANL Perspectives spoke to Allison Ramchuk about how and why she excelled during the MPNL program. She has 15 years of fundraising... More
In 2022, Robinson Orume, a graduate student, spoke about benefits of the MPNL program:
Hear from past students: