EMNA Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition cost for the 42-hour MNA degree is approximately $41,000.
Applicants admitted will begin classes in summer term. The estimated student expense budget can be found at Notre Dame’s Office of Financial Aid.
Fellowships and Partner Organizations
The EMNA program offers merit-based fellowship funds and employer-specific fellowship funds to qualifying students each year via the online application. Students eligible for fellowships must meet all of the following criteria:
- Outstanding academic performance
- Strong commitment to a career in the nonprofit sector
- Demonstrated potential for leadership
The EMNA program also maintains several partnerships with nonprofit organizations committed to professional development. Current employer-specific fellowship partners are described below.
Catholic Charities, Fort Worth (CCFW, TX) and the EMNA program have an academic partnership to provide a high-quality, in-demand educational opportunity to CCFW leaders chosen by CCFW to attend the EMNA program. The fellowship funds two-thirds of tuition for CCFW recipients who meet EMNA admissions requirements and are enrolled in the EMNA program.
The Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corp Fellowship was instituted to honor those who have served in the Peace Corps and who wish gain employment in the nonprofit sector after leaving the Corps. One fellowship is awarded per academic year to the candidate who shows outstanding academic performance, a strong commitment to a career in the nonprofit sector and who demonstrates high potential for leadership. The amount of the fellowship is $10,500, or approximately 25 percent of tuition to the EMNA program. Applicants are not precluded from applying for other EMNA merit-based scholarships and financial assistance.
The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business is partnering with the Peace Corps to offer financial help to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Annually, the Master of Nonprofit Administration or Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration programs will provide one $10,500 fellowship to a qualifying returned Peace Corps Volunteer accepted into one of the Master of Nonprofit Administration degree programs. Additional Peace Corps applicants will be given consideration for other merit-based scholarships and financial aid awards based on the strength of their application.
The partnership is part of the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program that offers financial benefits such as scholarships, reduced tuition, and university credit in graduate degree programs at more than 90 participating colleges and universities. In addition to their academic studies, Coverdell Fellows participants apply the experience they acquired as volunteers abroad to programs that benefit underserved communities.
The Coverdell Fellow partnership is part of a historical relationship between the University of Notre Dame and the Peace Corps. Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame, provided advice and support in the 1960’s to Sargent Shriver, the first Peace Corps Director. Since then, the University has become one of the country’s top Peace Corps volunteer-producing schools.
The Master of Nonprofit Administration at Notre Dame was founded in 1954 by Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, to address the business administration needs of the Catholic healthcare system, today the programs provide an exceptional business education through a nonprofit lens focused on essential issues including the study of philanthropy, making an impact through administrative effectiveness, accountability, and revenue generation, as well as the core disciplines of business. Programs are housed within the Mendoza College of Business, a top 20 business school.
Please indicate that you are applying for the Coverdell fellowship when submitting your application by including a section within the Personal Statement describing the activities and programs you’ve been involved in during your time in the Peace Corps.
If you wish to be considered for the Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellowship, please indicate this selection on your EMNA program application.
The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Fellowship was created as part of a partnership between th USHCC and the Wells Fargo foundation to encourage participation from Hispanic communities in the economic development within the United States. The scholarship funds represent a portion of a $450,000 grant presented to the USHCC by the Wells Fargo Foundation to support Hispanic business owners as they strive for financial success. One USHCC Fellowship is awarded each academic year to a Hispanic business owner, who is selected by the USHCC to attend the EMNA program.
Volunteers of America (VOA) and the EMNA program have teamed up to offer an executive development program for high-potential VOA employees. Through this program, VOA employees spend time on the University of Notre Dame campus learning from MNA faculty members about topics including “What it means to be a CEO in a Ministry of Service,” “Inspired Performance” and “Leading from Middle Management.”
In an effort to expand the collaboration with VOA, the EMNA program has offered a half-tuition scholarship opportunity to a VOA employee who has demonstrated strong values, high leadership potential and outstanding academic performance. Fellowships are restricted to VOA employees and are selected by VOA.