Nonprofit Management 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 Nonprofit Management is delivered completely online and offers specialized, graduate-level knowledge in nonprofit management, resources development, strategic planning, volunteerism and program evaluation.


The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management 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 to 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—15 Credit Hours

  • PAD 5145 Volunteerism in Nonprofit Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 5146 Nonprofit Resource Development (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6142 Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6327 Public Program Evaluation Techniques (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit hours)

Elective Course—3 Credit Hours

Choose one course below or see the graduate program director.

  • PAD 5850 Grant and Contract Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6149 Nonprofit Administration (3 credit hours - all core courses must be completed prior to taking this course)
  • PAD 6167 Graduate Nonprofit Leadership Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6208 Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 6383 Social Work Administration (3 credit hours)

An internship is required for students pursuing the National Nonprofit Leadership Certification. Students who provide documentation of at least 300 hours of nonprofit sector experience may have the internship waived. 

National Nonprofit Leadership Certificate: The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance represents the achievements of national academic and experiential standards in nonprofit management. Students pursuing the Nonprofit Leadership Certification must complete PAD 6167 Graduate Nonprofit Leadership Seminar as their elective and meet the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance mandated requirements.

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.

All applicants to this certificate program will also be required to submit:  

  • 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 Nonprofit Management, including your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of Nonprofit Management interest you?
    • Work and/or Voluntary experience (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

Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
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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.

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