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Master of Non-Profit Management

Practice-oriented programme that interweaves conceptual frameworks and practical skills with a focus on strategic application.

Master of Non-Profit Management


The Master of Non-Profit Management is a practice-oriented leadership programme that has the potential to transform lives. It is a practice-oriented programme that interweaves conceptual frameworks and practical skills with a focus on strategic application. Its curriculum is benchmarked against reputable programmes globally while tailored to suit the particular needs and challenges of Singapore. The programme is designed for senior managers and experienced professionals within the non-profit sector as well as professionals who are in transition from other sectors.

Graduates from the Master of Non-Profit Management will be in a strong position to assume effective and responsive leadership roles with strong and strategic organisational capabilities for sustainable social development. They will be able to contribute their expertise in a variety of organisations including voluntary welfare organisations, foundations, religious organisations, sports, arts and cultural institutions, local and international NGOs and social enterprises.

The programme is launched in collaboration with the Social Service Institute (SSI) and in partnership with various public, non-profit organisations and other stakeholders to engage in collaborative research and professional training as well as to enhance interest in joint ventures in social investment and social innovations.

Unique features of the programme:

  • A professional project and mentorship scheme provide students the opportunity to advance areas of applied knowledge that interest them in greater depth. It also includes a mentorship scheme which assigns students with mentors from the field to provide consultancy experience and professional networks.
  • For their electives, students may select courses from other SUSS or partner universities' master's programmes. This will enable students to adopt interdisciplinary or cross-cultural perspectives or focus selectively on topics that are suited for their background and position.
  • The option of graduating with a Graduate Certificate upon completion of the first three courses or a Graduate Diploma in Non-Profit Management upon completion of six core courses. Re-entry to the Master's programme may be allowed within the maximum candidature of four years and if the minimum CGPA of 3.0 is attained.

Financial Assistance

The University offers course fee concession for some master's programmes. Please click here for more details.

Other scholarships and sponsorships are available e.g.Social Service Institute and Workforce Development Agency.
NCSS: VMOs-Charities Capability Fund (VCF)
SkillsFuture: SkillsFuture Study Award

Programme Structure

The framework of the programme is built around three areas that are fundamental to non-profit management;

  • General management knowledge and skills
  • Organisation context and development
  • Non-profit management domain knowledge and skills.

To graduate with a Master of Non-Profit Management, twelve courses (six core, four electives and a professional project) must be completed. Upon completion of the six compulsory courses, all students will be awarded with a Graduate Diploma. If students opt to complete 3 courses1, they will be awarded with a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management.

If the courses are taken consecutively, the programme will stretch over four semesters or two years. However, students will have flexibility in scheduling their studies and will graduate as long as they meet programme requirements within a maximum of four year candidacy.


It is aimed at senior management in the social service, arts, music and sports sectors: another potential group is professionals and leaders who are considering a mid-career transition into the non-profit sector from other fields. Such professionals may be motivated by the meaningful social impact of their work in the non-profit sector. While these 'sector movers' are likely to have existing leadership and management skills, they may lack in-depth understanding of the non-profit sector to contextualise as well as relevantly and strategically apply their skills and knowledge. Thus the proposed MNPML programme will help in the preparation and grooming of social leaders who are currently within the sector as well as those who may migrate into non-profit sector from other fields.
Opportunities for graduates exist in leadership positions in the non-profit sector such as voluntary welfare organisations, philanthropic organisations and foundations, and multi-national companies. With the training obtained from the MNPM, the graduates may be able to train staff in social enterprises and social entrepreneurship organisations on management.
  1. How many intake(s) are there in a year for Master of Non-Profit Management (MNPM)?
    One intake a year; every July.

  2. What are the minimum and maximum durations of MNPM?
    MNPM is a minimum 2-year programme and student may stretch to a maximum of 4 years to complete.

  3. How many courses do students take in each semester?
    Students are recommended to complete 3 courses per semester.

  4. When are the lessons scheduled?
    Classes for the MNPM programme are held on either weekday evenings or Saturdays. A student can take up to three courses each semester. For courses with overseas lecturers, a condensed version (combining weekdays and weekends or two consecutive weekends) of the schedule may be utilised. Online instructions and video conferencing may also be explored to facilitate effective teaching and learning.

  5. What are the courses should I complete to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management?
    Students are required to complete 3 core courses: Social Leadership and Social Innovation in Non-Profit Sector, Social Policy Analysis and Development and Governance and Finance for Non-Profit Organisations.

  6. Is the Professional Project under MNPM a compulsory component?

  7. What does Professional Project consist of and how long is the duration to complete?
    A Professional Project addresses real issues in non-profit organisations and students are encouraged to come up with recommendations/solutions after doing study of the issue. A mentor will be provided to the students. You must complete this Project within 9 months.
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