Nonprofit management is one of the fastest growing fields in the nation. Working in the field of nonprofit management provides students with the opportunity to drive civic innovation and create long-term impactful community change.

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management through the School of Public Policy and Leadership equips students with the skills necessary to lead and operate nonprofit organizations. The certificate is meant to enhance the skill sets of both students starting their careers or seeking to advance careers through a leadership role. During the program, students will develop skills and knowledge related to: fundraising and development, grant management, philanthropy, legal issues and policy analysis, volunteer management, human resource management, program evaluation and community development. Through applied learning opportunities students take the competencies and expertise they learn in the classroom and apply them to community problems, all while building collaborative partnerships and a robust professional network.

Students earning the certificate may apply for admission into the Master of Public Administration degree program. If accepted, the fifteen credits earned in the certificate program may be applied to the M.P.A. Additional information about admissions to the M.P.A. can be found on the School of Public Policy and Leadership website.


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Learning Outcomes

This certificate is designed:

  • Articulate a clear and compelling vision while advocating for improving the lives of others.
  • Develop strategic goals, plans and evaluation strategies to improve organizational performance.
  • Apply your professional knowledge with diverse individuals, families, groups and communities.
  • Engage staff, volunteers and others in meaningful ways to help build community relationships and reach goals.
  • Evaluate challenges and policy issues related to the legal, historical and operational challenges of nonprofits.
  • Identify and cultivate donors to raise funds, write grant proposals and manage capital campaigns.

Career Possibilities

If you are just entering the field, this degree is suited for:

  • Public Relations
  • Community Service Agency Worker
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Grant Writer
  • Congressional Aide Fund Raiser
  • College Advisor/Counselor
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Volunteer Program Coordinator

If you already have work-related experience, you might consider:

  • Market Research Interviewer
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Major Gift Officer
  • Lobbyist Agency Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • Police Officer
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Director of Volunteer Programs

With additional graduate-level coursework, you might consider these:

  • Market Research Analyst
  • Demographer
  • Career Counselor
  • Teacher/College
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Non-Profit Agency Director
  • Clergy
  • Director of Donor Relations Human Resources Manager/Director


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Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management


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