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):

In 2022, Robinson Orume, a graduate student, spoke about benefits of the MPNL program:

Hear from past students:

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