Mendoza School of Business

The EMNA program offers the flexibility needed by working professionals and the degree may be completed in as little as 14 months or as many as 60 months. The total time commitment on campus is 10 weeks spread across two to five summers. Two or four weeks of core courses are taken in the first summer term, mid-June through mid-July. Distance learning elective courses and select core courses are completed online in the fall and spring terms.

For more information, check out our Core Courses and Elective Courses.


The Notre Dame-Renmin Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration (EMNA) is an academic partnership between the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and Renmin University of China (RCU). Launched in summer 2013, the dual-degree program was designed specifically for Renmin students pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA) through RCU’s School of Public Administration and Policy who plan to enter nonprofit careers.

By the end of the three-year program, students earn an MPA from Renmin and an MNA from Notre Dame.

Administered through Notre Dame’s esteemed Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration program, the program helps students gain business acumen unique to the nonprofit sector through an intensive, practical experience.

  • Renmin students spend two summers at Notre Dame, earning 21 credit hours of the required 42 credit hours for the MNA degree.
  • Courses are taught by professors of a renowned business college regarded for its commitment to service.

Renmin University, also known as the People’s University of China, is one of China’s most prestigious universities and a comprehensive research institution. Located in Beijing, the university enrolls approximately 23,000 full-time students, graduate and undergraduate.

Renmin University is responsible for the admissions process for the Notre Dame-Renmin Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration. Please visit the Renmin University website for more information and details about the program.

Curriculum Overview

Below are academic schedule options for core summer courses (27 credit hours). Elective and select core courses are completed online during intervening fall and spring terms.

EMNA Curriculum Framework (42 Credit Hours)

3 Days Orientation & 2 weeks (minimum) or 4 weeks (maximum)
6 credits (minimum) or 12 credits (maximum)

Over summers 2-5 you choose the pace to earn 15-21 credits

2 weeks 6 credits


4 weeks 12 credits


6 weeks 18 credits

6 elective credit hours and 6 core credit hours are completed online; a 3 credit hour field project is completed through distance learning.