Application site for Summer 2022 is now open.

The deadline for completed applications to the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) and for the Graduate Diploma in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (DPNL) for the Summer 2022 intake is: January 15, 2022.

The application portal will remain open until April 1st and applications received after the January 15th deadline will be considered for admission and funding if space and funds remain.

Completed full time applications for the MPNL received by the January 15th deadline will be considered for funding.
There is no university funding available for the DPNL.

Entry Term for both programs:  Summer term

Master’s Program Length:  5 Terms (full time); 10 Terms (part time)

Diploma Program Length: 2 terms (full time); 4 terms (part time)

Admission Requirements:

Education: A standard requirement for admission is an undergraduate degree from an accredited university, with a grade point average on the last ten credits of (at least) B+ or its equivalent. Official transcripts covering your entire university record to date must be included in the application package you submit. If you are still in the process of completing your degree, any acceptance will be conditional upon receipt of an official updated transcript stating that the degree has been conferred. Receipt of such a transcript is needed for you to register.

Mid-Career Applicants

Note that, on occasion, ‘mid-career’ applicants (i.e., those who have not completed an undergraduate degree, but who have significant work experience in or with the philanthropic, nonprofit or public sector) are accepted into the MPNL program. These candidates are considered after they have demonstrated their academic potential by completing – and doing very well in – up to two courses selected from the MPNL curriculum.  If you are interested in applying as a mid-career applicant, please contact the School’s MPNL Supervisor at for guidance on which courses would strengthen your candidacy.

Professional Entry MPNL

Highly experienced professionals (with at least seven years of relevant responsibilities and an undergraduate degree with an average of B+ or higher) may apply for Professional Entry following admission to the program, which reduces the length of the program by one course and the capstone.

Please view the Admission requirements for the MPNL and DPNL here.

Please view the Program requirements here.

Both programs can normally be completed through a mix of residential summer sessions (two mandatory on-campus summer institutes for the MPNL, and one mandatory summer institute for the DPNL) and in class courses (when permitted), and online learning (which can be supplemented by regular on-campus classes). Dates for the Summer 2022 summer institute will be announced soon.

For information on tuition fees please see the Student Accounts site.
For an estimate of tuition fees, please use the fee estimate calculator.

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Required application documents:

The following are a list of required documents for applications to be considered complete:

Transcript(s) (all post-secondary transcripts are required)

Letters of Reference (2 required)

Letters of Reference should come from someone who can comment on your academic preparation and potential for graduate study in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership. Note that the design of the Referee Appraisal Form (emailed to your referees) anticipates that they will be university faculty members who have recently taught or supervised your academic work. If you have been away from university for some time, you may select non-academic referees who are familiar with your professional work.

Statement of Intent (1 required)

Your Statement of Intent must include two distinct sections with the following details:

1. A Statement of Academic Research Interest (not to exceed one page, single-spaced). This statement should outline your past academic interests and accomplishments, and why you are interested in pursuing this graduate program, e.g. what drew you to the program and why you feel the program would be a good fit for you. 

2. A Statement of Professional Interest (not to exceed one page, single-spaced). It should give an overview of how your professional or volunteer experience is relevant to the masters or diploma program and should identify your personal and professional goals and indicate how the program might help you in realizing these.

 CV/Resumé (1 required)

Your CV/Resumé should provide biographical information, including your education, professional experience, voluntary activities, and note-worthy achievements.

Writing Sample (1 required)

Provide a sample of original academic or professional written work from the past year for which you are exclusively responsible. This sample should not exceed 20 pages, double-spaced. It could be a recent term paper, a chapter from a research essay, or an excerpt from a report.

 Language Proficiency (ESL Test Scores)

Our department requires one of the following ESL test scores, if applicable. TOEFL IBT: 86 (22 in writing and speaking, 20 in reading and listening); TOEFL PBT: 580; CAEL: 70; IETLS: 7.0

Awards Funding

Please see information on Awards and Funding, including information on applying to Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and other awards here:

As of 2021, Black Canadians entering or continuing in the MPNL can apply for an award to promote Black leadership in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector to make professional education more equitable and inclusive.  Application details are available here.

“Canadian philanthropy is changing rapidly, becoming more innovative, more complex and more global.  The MPNL and Diploma will help professionals understand these changes and acquire the sophisticated skills needed to be successful in this sector. Carleton’s Masters is innovative, leading edge and will change the professional practice of philanthropy in Canada.    Canada Advancing Philanthropy is proud to endorse this program as Canada’s national program in this field.” – Guy Mallabone