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Designed to prepare students to succeed in leadership and administration of nonprofit organizations, the Graduate 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
- Quantitative and qualitative program evaluation
- Financial management
- Planning and decision making
- Social, economic and political trends affecting the nonprofit sector
Students must complete 15 units of 400-level course work with a 3.0 grade point average and no grade below a B-minus. The certificate can normally be completed in 1-2 years.
Required Courses (12 units)
Elective Courses (3 units)
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.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the Nonprofit Management graduate certificate at University College. Your application will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
A personal interview with the program coordinator is recommended.
CFRE 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.
Undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs offered by University College are offered through Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Business-related programs in University College are not accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).