Master’s in Social Sector Leadership and Nonprofit Management (SSL)

The UChicago Crown Family School AM in Social Sector Leadership and Nonprofit Management (SSL) is a twelve-course degree program designed to empower early-to-mid career professionals -- typically with 3 to 5 years of work experience -- to become more inclusive and impactful leaders across the social sector. Offering both part- and full-time options, it is an ideal fit for emerging social sector leaders who want to develop the capacity to influence and build better organizations that advance a more just and humane society, while developing the capacity to more effectively address social change.

Leadership is more than management; it takes human connection.

Unlike traditional nonprofit management programs, SSL’s curriculum will expose you to both the conceptual foundation and practical skills needed to become a more effective social sector leader. Taught by faculty working at the forefront of social sector governance, SSL is unique is its ability to provide students with knowledge about how mission-driven organizations operate in their communities, as well as deep conceptual thinking about how these organizations can respond to complex social problems.

Through your coursework, you will gain access to more than a network; you will develop lasting connections with your peers and other leaders in the social sector. Our students pursue their studies in a close-knit cohort that celebrates diversity and fosters self-discovery and human connection through a grounding experience deeply embedded in the social fabric of Chicago.

As an SSL graduate, you will earn a master’s degree from the UChicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice and be ready to apply a social justice lens to whatever challenges and opportunities your organization may face, advancing the kind of positive social change you want to see in the world.

Program Benefits

Flexible. Choose from full- and part-time program pathways designed with early-to mid- career professionals in mind, preparing you to advance in leadership roles.

Holistic Approach. Gain the conceptual foundation and practical skills needed to become a more inclusive and effective social sector leader, no matter your chosen field.

Social Sector Expertise. Learn from Crown Family School faculty and instructors who work at the forefront of social change and social sector governance.

Deep Connections. Build more than a network; foster meaningful, lifelong connections with your cohort, SSL partner organizations, and UChicago alumni.

Immediate Impact. Earn your degree in as little as 9 months to accelerate your impact.

Dual Degrees

In addition to the Full- and Part-time options, Students who have specific career goals in the fields of social work or public policy can apply to our dual and joint-degree offerings for more targeted impact.

  • Complete both the SSL and SW Master's degrees in the Crown Family School
  • Complete an AM in SSL at the Crown Family School and a MPP with the Harris School of Public Policy.
Nicole Marwell
Nicole Marwell, PhD

Professor and Faculty Director, SSL

Ron Martin
Ron Martin

Director of Admissions