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School of Business and Nonprofit Management

North Park University
Chicago, IL


Details at a Glance

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  • Application Fee

  • Financial Aid Available


Degrees Offered

Offering five master’s degrees and 16 graduate certificates, our graduate business and nonprofit programs are designed for professionals who want to lead successful, strategic, and effective organizations.

Our Program

The SBNM is one of only 50 worldwide members of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).

Advance Your Career With a Graduate Business or Nonprofit Credential

Whether you are seeking a promotion, anticipating a career change, or specializing in a particular area of business or nonprofit work, North Park University’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management has a master’s degree or graduate level certificate to help you meet your goals. Through curriculum designed for working professionals, you’ll prepare for your next leadership role in business or nonprofit organizations by integrating values, ethics, and decision-making with a focus on best practices and proven strategies for success.

Five graduate degrees are available:

You can also choose from 16 graduate-level certificates that focus on the relevant topics for leadership in companies and organizations of any size. These certificates can be completed as stand-alone credentials or alongside one of the available master’s degrees.

Designed for Working Professionals

Leverage your day-to-day experience in the workplace for your education, and apply what you’re learning in the classroom to your work life. North Park’s flexible scheduling and accelerated course format allows you to maintain your career while you earn your master’s degree, and course content recognizes the value that your experience and real-life examples bring to your degree.

Each graduate course is only seven weeks long; face-to-face classes meet once per week, usually on a weeknight and occasionally on Saturdays. Courses start six times each year, in August, October, January, March, May, and July. Most students complete their master’s degrees in two-and-a-half years; certificates are easily completed in one year.

Learn In-Person or Online

Take classes at two campus locations and online. Our main campus in Chicago is easily accessible by car or public transit, and the campus at the University Center of Lake County provides a convenient option for students living and working throughout Chicagoland. Online classes are “asynchronous” in format—there is no set class time each week so you can log in and participate on your own schedule. All School of Business and Nonprofit Management master’s degrees, and many certificates, can be completed 100% online.

Affordable Tuition with Generous Scholarship Options

The School of Business and Nonprofit management offers competitive tuition rates with options for student loans and payment plans. Degree and certificate students can qualify for financial aid, and scholarships can reduce your costs by 10 to 35 percent.

Once you have one degree, you can keep coming back for more coursework at a 50 percent tuition discount. Our Lifetime Learning Program can help you complete a second master’s degree or continue to add expertise in specialized fields as your own career grows and changes.

Get Started Today

Admission to graduate programs in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management is available throughout the year. Most students will not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score and there are no strict application deadlines. Our graduate recruiters will work closely with you to determine which program best meets your educational and career goals. Request more information or learn how to apply so you can start your journey today.


  • Application Fee



  • Certified Academic Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Current Resume

Application Deadline

Rolling admission - 6 start terms each year - rolling start terms


Student Body


  • Dedicated Diversity Office

Clubs & Associations

Business Honor Society: Delta Mu Delta

Delta Mu Delta (DMD) is the international honor society in business accredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. DMD provides yearly scholarships, leadership opportunities, and networking avenues. You may be eligible for this society as a current graduate student with a GPA of 3.75 or higher and if you have completed at least half of your degree coursework. New members are invited to an induction ceremony each spring. North Park’s faculty advisor for this honor society is Dr. Lee Sundholm.

For more information, visit Delta Mu Delta’s website.

Nonprofit Honor Society: Nu Lambda Mu

The Nu Lambda Mu chapter is a special national honor society for graduate students specifically in nonprofit programs. You may be eligible for this honor society as a current graduate student at North Park with a GPA of 3.7 or higher and if you have completed at least half of your degree coursework. Apply for membership by completing the application form (also available in the SBNM office). Our faculty advisor for Nu Lambda Mu is Dr. Pier Rogers.

For more information, visit Nu Lambda Mu online.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Additional Information

  • Financial Aid Available
  • Generous scholarships up to 40% based on merit, employment or AFP association membership