Nonprofit Leadership and Management (Graduate Certificate)

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Be empowered to become a successful professional who works to advance the quality of life in communities and contributes to creating lasting social impact. Join like-minded individuals, and make a difference in the world.

The graduate certificate program in nonprofit leadership and management provides students with an understanding of the nonprofit sector's role in society and with knowledge applicable to those who wish to lead and manage nonprofit organizations

Students with diverse academic backgrounds are exposed to content needed by leaders in the nonprofit sector, including understanding of the historical and philosophical context for nonprofit organizations in society; the theory and practice of philanthropy; financial management practices; and other topical content areas.

The certificate is ideal when combined with graduate degrees in other areas and when used to provide a core concentration in nonprofit leadership and management.

At A Glance

Nonprofit Leadership and Management (Graduate Certificate)

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level program.

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Application deadlines

For fall semester - February 1
For spring semester - October 1

Applications are accepted after these dates up until one week before the semester start date with a late fee.

Degree requirements

Required Core (9 credit hours)
NLM 510 The Nonprofit Sector (3)
NLM 520 Financial and Resource Management (3)
NLM 540 Strategic Human Resources Management (3) or NLM 545 Volunteer Resource Management (3)

Electives (6 credit hours)

Additional Curriculum Information
Students select either NLM 540 or NLM 545 as part of the required core coursework.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

International applicants are also required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores and a financial guarantee statement.

The program is available to students who are pursuing their graduate degree in a chosen field of study and who have expressed interest in pursuing careers in the nonprofit sector. In addition, the program is well suited for working professionals who may be pursuing a graduate degree but who wish to strengthen their skills and connections to the nonprofit community.

Applicants should see the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions website for more information.

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