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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives

The Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives (LINE) program, offered by the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University, has been specifically designed to meet the development needs of nonprofit executives to effectively lead their organization. 

The LINE program will help you set goals to improve your leadership practices and increase your understanding of what makes a leader effective within the nonprofit sector. The content modules will assist you in gaining knowledge and building on your strengths as a manager of teams and projects.

If you are or aspire to become an executive director of a nonprofit, the LINE program may be the catalyst you need to propel your organization to the next level of success or give you the confidence to pursue your career goals.

The program consists of nine content modulestwo electives, two leadership coaching sessions and a practicum. The entire program can be completed in less than a year.

Please visit the Schedule page for more detailed information regarding the 2017 – 2018 and 2016 – 2017 program schedule.

Early Application Deadline: May 5, 2017 (early application discount of $250)

General Application Deadline: July 14, 2017

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Online Information Sessions

Information SessionRSVP for a free, online information session to learn about the program content, instructors and application process.

Thursday, June 15 from 11:30 a.m.-noon or Thursday, June 22 from 1:30-2 p.m.
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Program Overview

Who should apply: 

  • Current executive directors or senior leaders of nonprofit organizations
  • Current staff members of nonprofits who aspire to become an executive director or senior leader
  • Professionals seeking a career change into the nonprofit sector

Prerequisite: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.


Program Benefits

Please visit our Testimonial page for firsthand accounts of the benefits of our program by our alumni.

Program Completion Requirements: Once you have successfully completed the educational requirements, the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership will issue a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. Satisfactory attendance and participation in the core sessions, practicum meetings and electives as well as successful completion of the practicum are required to earn the certificate.


Financial Information

  • Total program price: $4,895.00 (including books but excluding electives), early application discount of $250
  • Elective pricing: $185.00 - $400.00 each


Please visit the Financial Information page for more detailed information regarding tuition, scholarships and other payment options available.                                                                                                                                                                        

This program is supported with funding from Houston Endowment, The Frees Foundation, Rockwell Fund and David Weekley Family Foundation


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