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.
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
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Courses—12 Credit Hours
- PAD 5146 Nonprofit Resource Development
(3 credit hours)
- PAD 6142 Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit
- PAD 6237 Ethics and Governance in Philanthropy (3 credit
- PAD 6235 Fundraising as a Profession (3 credit hours)
Elective Courses—6 Credit Hours
Select two courses from the
- 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)
- PAD 6236 Philanthropy and Society (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6946 Internship (3
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.
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
- What is your reason for pursuing graduate study in Fundraising,
including your future goals and plans?
- What specific areas of Fundraising
- 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.
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International Transfer Applicants
*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.