Nonprofit Professional (Certificate)

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Gain access to a network of nonprofit career resources by completing this certificate program and earning your Certified Nonprofit Professional credential, which is the only national credential that prepares students of any major (undergraduate, graduate and professionals) for leadership in the nonprofit sector.

This nationally recognized certificate program awards qualified students from diverse academic fields with the National Certified Nonprofit Professional credential. The CNP credential is awarded through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics, Inc.), a consortium of universities, nonprofits and funders that are committed to preparing students for management careers in the nonprofit sector:

The NLA/ASU program provides curricular and cocurricular programs that prepare students through its competency-based, experiential educational framework. The program is ideal for students wishing to complement their majors with a strong core of nonprofit management knowledge and skills through professional affiliation with and certification by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, the nation's leader in education for nonprofit careers. NLA collaborates with a number of national nonprofit organizations as well as locally based grassroots organizations that actively seek NLA and ASU program interns and job candidates.

At A Glance

Nonprofit Professional (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The program includes active participation by nonprofit professionals who offer workshops, seminars, mentoring and field trips. The certified nonprofit professional credential can be earned in conjunction with any bachelor's degree and requires successful participation in cocurricular, experiential activities in addition to required academic course work. For more information on the credential please visit:
Required Courses -- 24 credit hours
Notes: (one credit each, over four semesters)
Notes: Offered fall semester only
Notes: NLM 463 (12) credits required. NLM 484 (6) credits required. *NLM 484 Internship is for students not pursuing a Nonprofit Leadership and Management major.
1. 24-30 hours of graded course work depending upon major.
2. minimum "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) grade required for all courses in the certificate.
3. minimum GPA of 2.00 for those pursuing the certificate.
4. should be a junior to take 400-level courses
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

Applications for the Certified Nonprofit Professional certificate are available through School of Community Resources and Development academic advisors and the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance senior program coordinator.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

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