Receiving my Masters in Nonprofit Administration

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My sister, me, and my mother after my graduation ceremony

On December 13, I participated in the graduation ceremony for my Masters in Nonprofit Administration at University of San Francisco. The 27-month program is designed for people working full time. I, along with my cohort of around 25 people, attended class after work, on Tuesday nights from 6:30-10:30. After 36 units and coursework in a variety of subjects, I completed my Masters.

Participating in the program certainly had its pros and cons. Other aspects of my life were put on hold while I focused on work and school. Living with constant reading, assignments, or papers hanging over my head was certainly exhausting. But all in all, I learned a great deal about a wide variety of subjects that I come across in my day to day work now and certainly will in the future. I had a smart, forward-thinking cohort, and I feel confident in the future of the sector because of them. I’m proud to have been one of them.

While my direct career path is unclear, one thing’s for certain – I will work in or around the nonprofit sector for a very long time. I believe so strongly in the work we do and the change we can and do make every day.

I want to say thank you to everyone who supported me while I was working on this Masters, including friends and family. But that also includes all of you reading this blog post right now, whether or not we’ve ever met. Please know that by reading, you are participating in the ongoing conversation about the nonprofit sector that we will continue. You have an important role to play in making sure the sector continues to get the respect it deserves. And for that, I say thank you!

-N.C.

6 thoughts on “Receiving my Masters in Nonprofit Administration

  1. Congratulations!! I know it was a lot of work, and I’m sure you’re excited to have a life outside of reading & papers again – and like you said, you and your cohort are the next generation of amazing nonprofit leaders! You give me hope that the end is in sight 🙂 I’ll graduate in May 2014 with my Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership & Management from the University of San Diego, yay!

  2. You are truly a rockstar! Chapin revolution! Congrats and I will join you in the “Master” world in a couple months! I’m excited to keep hearing about what you do and what you will do in the future!

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