The MPNL produces leaders, innovators and change makers – those who want to improve the professional practice of philanthropy, lead highly effective civil society organizations and enhance public policies for this sector.

These leaders and change makers will be capable of critical, audacious thinking, understand emerging trends and issues in the increasingly global world of philanthropy and civil society, and be able to apply their knowledge to solving real world problems.

The shorter Graduate Diploma enables working professionals to upgrade their knowledge and skills.  The DPNL may later be credited to the Masters (subject to acceptance into the Masters).

The MPNL / DPNL is accessible no matter where you live or if you are also working while studying.

The program begins usually in July with a two-week ‘Summer Institute’ at Carleton University when you will take two half credit core courses.  You will get the reading materials in May so you can be well prepared for these courses, and will have most of the fall to do assignments. In the fall term, you would also take at least one online course (the number of courses depending on whether you are full- or part-time). At the Summer Institutes, you will engage with both the latest academic research and new developments in professional practice.  You will learn from leading scholars, successful practitioners and audacious thought leaders. And, you will learn from your peers who are also aspiring leaders and experienced professionals, carefully selected for this limited enrolment program.

Carleton’s green campus is located in a park-like setting, bounded by the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River, and is minutes from downtown Ottawa, an international airport and the enormous range of cultural, educational and recreational opportunities of the National Capital.  Reasonably priced accommodation is available on campus, and there are a variety of off-campus housing options.  Bursaries may be available to offset some of the travel costs.

In the fall and winter terms, you will be able to take online courses, using interactive technology that still enables you to actively engage with the instructors and your fellow students.  You will need to return for one or two more Summer Institutes, depending on how many courses you take each term.   If you wish to study full-time, you can also take regular one-term courses on campus, although you would still start in July with the Summer Institute.

You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you acquire to real issues with a capstone project, done in collaboration with a partner organization (perhaps to the benefit of your own organization).

A variety of paid and volunteer internships, with course credit, are available to students who want to learn through new experience.  If your organization is interested in hosting an internship, please contact us.