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Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Advanced Certificates
Online Programs

Designed to prepare students to succeed in leadership and administration of nonprofit organizations, the Advanced Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management is intended for practicing managers and leaders in a broad range of human service, cultural, educational, religious, and community organizations, and for those who wish to prepare for professional advancement. The curriculum provides a theoretical and practical examination of the governance of nonprofit organizations, the management of volunteers and professionals, marketing, resource development and fundraising, strategic planning, program evaluation, financial oversight, and the social and political context of the nonprofit sector. All classes are offered during late afternoon or evening hours for the convenience of working adult students.

The curriculum covers all aspects of nonprofit administration and management:

  • Leading and managing non-profit organizations and interacting with boards of directors
  • Supervising volunteers and professionals
  • Fundraising and resource development
  • Marketing
  • Quantitative and qualitative program evaluation
  • Financial management
  • Planning and decision making
  • Social, economic and political trends affecting the nonprofit sector

Online & In-Class Formats Available

This certificate is available as a fully online or in-classroom certificate. Learn more about our online learning options.

Non-Degree Study Option*

Qualified students with University College authorization may take up to six units of Nonprofit Management graduate-level course work on a non-degree basis. To do so, complete the "Graduate Student-At-Large" application located on our Apply page.

*International students are only eligible to apply for non-degree study as a Graduate Student-At-Large if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational. International students holding F1 visas are not eligible to apply for the “Graduate Student-At-Large” program or any of our advanced certificate programs at this time.


Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

Schedule an Appointment

We have suspended in-person advising appointments temporarily according to the university’s response to COVID-19. Students should not come to campus, but advisors are still available to help you by email, phone or Zoom.​​​​ 

Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Elisa Wang
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required course work

Nonprofit Management courses can be applied to the M.A. in Nonprofit Management degree program, and some can be applied to the M.A. in Human Resources Management program, offered through University College.


Required Courses: 12 units

  • Management in Nonprofit Organizations (U76 507) - This course provides an overview of fundamental principles of management, governance, and leadership in nonprofit organizations. Particular attention is given to issues of motivation, supervision, and evaluation of professional staff and volunteers, and working with the board of directors.
  • Resource Development for Nonprofit Organizations (U76 508) - This course concentrates on effective fund raising management, accenting the practice, principles, processes and programs of fund raising from the private sector. The ethical, theoretical, and practical contexts for fund raising and resource development will be discussed as well as contemporary resources to aid today's fund raising professional. A comprehensive review and analysis is provided of annual and major gift programs together with planned giving and capital campaign strategies. Donor motivations and characteristics are also examined.
  • Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations (U76 525) - This course focuses on important financial and accounting principles and techniques, with particular attention to operational and project budgeting, financial statement analysis, cash flow projections, endowment building and investment management, and strategic financial planning. Course content is designed to help non-accountants understand standard accounting concepts and procedures, manage the record keeping function, make effective financial decisions and report financial status to key constituents.
  • Legal Issues Impacting Nonprofit Organizations (U76 570) - This course focuses on the opportunities and requirements placed on nonprofit organizations under Federal and State law. We explore how nonprofits are organized, governed, operated, and financed within this legal framework.


Elective Courses: 3 units

CFRE logoCFRE International Approved Courses

Some Nonprofit Management courses are approved for 37.5 CFRE certification points per course. Please review our individual course descriptions to determine which courses are approved.


Take a course today. Apply later.

At University College, students can take courses without applying to a degree program. If you are interested in taking a class to get to know University College, to fulfill credits, for professional development, or to follow a passion, the non-degree option is for you. Learn more.

admissions requirements

This graduate certificate program is open to qualified students with a baccalaureate degree, although others with significant professional or volunteer experience may apply after consulting with the program director. Qualified individuals in the community may also enroll in selected courses without participating in the full certificate program. With permission, students may enroll in Nonprofit Management courses before they are officially admitted to the certificate program.

U.S. Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen

University College cannot sponsor an I-20 for any certificate program. International students are eligible to apply for a certificate program if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational.

application requirements

Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

  • SUMMER 2021: APRIL 15, 2021
  • FALL 2021: JULY 31, 2021
  • SPRING 2022: DEC. 31, 2021
Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.

Official transcripts from all previous college work

Transcript from the institution where you received your bachelor's degree or a higher-level degree was conferred. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at

Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, you must use this form


Personal Essay

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?

TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable)

All international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores at the time of application. The TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo requirement may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:

  • Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
  • Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.

This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.

If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are then required for admission. 

For international student application deadlines, please click HERE.

Additional TOEFL and IELTS information for international students adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on University College’s International Student Information webpage.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be completed by teachers or professional associates. Letters can be submitted through the online application or mailed by the recommender.

Personal Interview

A personal interview with University College staff is recommended, and an interview may be requested by the Program Coordinator or Director of Admissions. 

Writing Sample

Describe a significant challenge to the nonprofit sector over the next three years, and explain how you will respond to this challenge as a nonprofit professional.

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Still have questions?

Academic Advisor for Nonprofit Management: ELISA WANG | (314) 935-6793 | ELISA.WANG@WUSTL.EDU

Program Coordinator: Amy Cole Buehler | (314) 935-6700 |