Application site for Summer 2021 intake 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 2021 intake is January 15, 2021.

The portal remains 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 domestic applications for the MPNL received by the deadline will automatically be considered for funding.

Please note:  Given the ongoing uncertainties associated with the pandemic, and the need of students and faculty to plan and prepare well in advance, we have decided and are announcing that all courses for the Master and Graduate Diploma in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership will be delivered online for the 2021 Summer term.  PANL 5001 and 5004 will be scheduled for the early session May-June.  PANL 5002 and 5005 will be scheduled for the late session July-August.  The dates for those sessions can be found here:

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

Entry Term:  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)

Both programs can normally be completed through a mix of residential summer sessions (two mandatory on-campus summer institutes) and in class courses (when permitted), and online learning (which can be supplemented by regular on-campus classes).

The same admission requirements and application process apply to both programs.

For information on tuition fees please see the Student Accounts site.

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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 academic interests – the research topics, questions and issues you wish to pursue in this program.

2. A Statement of Professional Interest (not to exceed one page, single-spaced). It should provide an overview of how your professional or volunteer experience is relevant to the master’s 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

All Canadians applying for full-time admission to the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership are automatically considered for financial assistance.

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.

For information on applying for Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and other Awards and Funding please click 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