College of Arts and Sciences

Nonprofit Administration

5th Year Program

The 5th year M.A. in Nonprofit Administration is a program that enables students pursuing an undergraduate degree to complete either a B.A. or B.S. in any major and a Master’s of Nonprofit Administration within a five-year timeframe. Students can complete an undergraduate major, apply for admission to the M.A. program in their junior year, begin taking graduate courses in their senior year, and complete the M.A. in their 5th year.

Admission Requirements and Recommendations

Students should register their interest in the 5th year program with the program director as soon as possible in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year. Students must apply to and be formally admitted in the Nonprofit Administration Program. This usually occurs in spring of their junior year or summer before senior year. Students must complete a written application and send it to the Office of Graduate Studies at John Carroll University. (Please select the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Administration on the Application and note in your personal statement that you are interested in the 5th Year Program)

Admission decisions will be made based on:

  • Completed application.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which is preferably from a professional in a nonprofit organization.
  • Personal statement that addresses the applicant’s interest in the program and career goals and experience (including internships and service activity) in the nonprofit sector.
  • Professional resume.
  • A 3.4 cumulative GPA (for unconditional acceptance), see note below.

*Note: Students are not required to take the GRE or any other standardized exam to be admitted to the program. To obtain unconditional acceptance, students must have a 3.4 cumulative GPA. Students who do not meet this minimum will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis and may use the GRE or GMAT as additional evidence of academic ability.

Required undergraduate courses:

  • Organizational Behavior (MN 325) or Industrial and Organizational Psychology (PS 359)
  • Research Methods course (e.g. SC 460 and 460L, PO 300, PS 301 and 301L)
  • Statistics (MT 122, MT 228 or EC 208)

Recommended for admission into the 5th Year Program:

  • Internship in Nonprofit (e.g. CE 101, PO 390, SC 475)
  • Ongoing volunteer activity/service
  • Service Learning courses – click here to sign up for a service learning course

5th Year Student Guidelines

Internships: Students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship in conjunction with their Nonprofit Administration coursework. The Career Center and the Nonprofit Administration program director will help students set up their coursework. It is essential that students participate in the internship program in order to be marketable upon receiving their M.A. Each student will be strongly encouraged to work in an internship for 15-20 hours per week.

Sample Course Plan

See sample course plans for the 5th Year M.A. Program:

Political Science B.A./M.A. Plan
History B.A./M.A. Plan
Biology B.S./M.A. Plan
Accounting B.S./M.A. Plan
Sociology B.A./M.A. Plan

Please note that these sample plans are subject to change. Students should work with their undergraduate advisors to be sure they will complete all graduation requirements. Please contact the Nonprofit Administration Program if you would like assistance creating a course plan for another major.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

During their 5th year, students are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction scholarship. To learn more about this scholarship and financial aid, click here.