Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate

The objective of our Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management is to prepare you for leadership positions in nonprofit and philanthropic (grant making) organizations. The curriculum, which centers on technical skills specific to the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, is designed to develop the skills necessary to manage and lead financially stable, innovative, and effective organizations.

Opportunities for nonprofit managers with specialized skills have expanded sharply. Currently, approximately 8% of the U.S. total employment is in the nonprofit sector. Recent graduates serve in all nonprofit sectors in a variety of leadership positions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop and steward nonprofit financial and human resources.
  • Ethically manage, govern, and lead nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.
  • Synthesize foundational concepts and theories in nonprofit management and leadership.
  • Apply learned competencies to real-world nonprofit sector challenges.

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

The graduate certificate in nonprofit management prepares students for leadership in the nonprofit sector. The focused curriculum develops specific skills that are critical for success in managing nonprofit organizations.

Phenomenal growth in assets and activities of the nonprofit sector over the past two decades have led to career opportunities in the many areas of the nonprofit sector, including cultural and arts organizations, education, health care, human services, international development, and advocacy organizations. Nonprofit enterprise has broadened with developing sources of funding, and the complexities of its management require professional skills specific to the nonprofit sector.


Core Courses
PPPM 522Grant Proposal Writing1
PPPM 581Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations4
PPPM 680Managing Nonprofit Organizations4
PPPM 681Nonprofit Financial Management4
Internship and Electives 1
Select three or more credits of elective course work from the following:5
Project Management
Strategic Planning for Management
Program Evaluation
Volunteer Resource Management
Philanthropy and Grant Making
Impact Philanthropy
Nonprofit Legal Issues
Experimental Course: [Topic]
Cultural Administration
Social Enterprise
Nonprofit 48-Hour Charrette
Nonprofit Board Governance
Nonprofit Consultancy
PPPM 604Internship: [Topic] 26
Total Credits24

Core courses must be taken for letter grades unless offered P/N only.