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.
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.
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
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
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
- PAD 6327 Public Program Evaluation Techniques (3 credit
- PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit
Elective Course—3 Credit
Choose one course below or see the graduate program director.
- PAD 5850 Grant and Contract Management (3 credit
- PAD 6149 Nonprofit Administration (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6167 Graduate Nonprofit Leadership Seminar (3 credit hours; required
for National Nonprofit Leadership Certification)*
- PAD 6208 Nonprofit
Financial Management (3 credit hours)
- SOW 6383 Social Work
Administration (3 credit hours)
* An internship is also 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
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,
- 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:
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.
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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.
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