Fundraising Graduate Certificate

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College : Health and Public Affairs Degree :CRT
Department : School of Public Administration Option : Nonthesis
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The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising is an 18-credit completely online certificate that provides an overview of the core concepts in fundraising and development for those interested in a career as a professional fundraiser. The Certificate is intended to meet the needs of individuals seeking a focused experience in order to prepare for or advance their careers in fundraising and development. It is appropriate for students who seek to expand their knowledge, but who do not wish to commit to a master's degree program.


The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising program is a completely online; some courses may be offered face-to-face, however students in this program are expected to have the ability to complete the coursework online.  The program requires a minimum of 18 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree; consisting of 15 credit hours of core courses and 3 credit hours of a restricted elective.

The Certificate program incorporates service learning in some of its courses.  Service learning involves students partnering with a local nonprofit organization of their choice offer technical assistance in a specific area of operation that is covered in their coursework. Service Learning enhances the students' academic experience and presents opportunities for networking. The process is supervised by the instructor and provides benefits to both the organization and the student.

Some of the courses may also involve group work intended to develop leadership abilities while providing an opportunity for the student to show his or her ability to be a team player. Group projects promote important intellectual and social skills and help to prepare students for professional work where teamwork and collaboration are necessary.

Total Credit Hours Required:
18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

  • PAD 5146 Nonprofit Resource Development (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6142 Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6237 Ethics and Governance in Nonprofit Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6235 Fundraising as a Profession (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—6 Credit Hours

Select two courses from the following lists.

Online Electives

  • PAD 5850 Grants and Contract Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6208 Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit hours)

Face-to-Face Electives

  • PAD 6236 Philanthropy and Society (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6946 Internship (3 credit hours)

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • An official transcript in a sealed envelope from each college/university attended. 
  • A current, professional résumé. 
  • Statement of Goals: This is a key component of the admission review process and serves as an example of the applicant's ability to express him or herself in writing.  The goal statement must be no longer than two pages and should address the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing graduate study in Fundraising, including your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of Fundraising interest you?
    • Work and/or Voluntary experience (fundraising or nonprofit experience is preferred, not required)
  • Applicants who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only. 

Application Deadlines

Fundraising Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants


Jun 15Dec 1


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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.