Management of Nonprofit Organizations

Professors Kimberly Wiley and Betsy Goulet share Overviewtheir experience in nonprofit collaboration


A Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management is designed for professionals currently working closely with nonprofit organizations and for students beginning their careers.  Students prepare for work in nonprofit organizations where they may grow in their careers and direct change in their communities. Students may complete the certificate online or face-to-face in the classroom.



students meet with nonprofit leaders
Student ‘speed date’ with local nonprofit leaders to find the perfect consulting match for a grant writing project


Coursework is specific to the nonprofit sector, including topics such as management, fundraising, marketing, program evaluation, finance, human resources management, community development, and social entrepreneurship. This certificate may be completed independently as a non-degree seeking student or along with the MPA program.

This certificate is available online and on campus.

The Graduate Certificate in Management of Nonprofit Organizations requires 18 hours of course work from the menu below. Individuals may take these courses and earn the certificate part time without being formally enrolled in any degree program, or may complete it as part of a degree program. A grade of B- or better must be earned in the required courses to qualify for the certificate.

Required Courses
Area 1: Introduction to Nonprofit Management
PAD 542 Nonprofit Sector & Society 3
Area 2: Nonprofit Finance
Select one of the following courses:
PAD 545 Public Financial Management 1 3
or PAD 504 Budget And Finance
Area 3: Human Resources
PAD 541 Nonprofit Sector: Human Resources 3
Area 4: Nonprofit-Specific Tools
Select one of the following courses:
PAD 543 Marketing for Public and Nonprofit Organizations 3
or PAD 544 Fund Raising for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Area 5: Administrative Tools
Select two of the following courses: 6
Budget And Finance (If not taken in Area 2)
Public Policy for Managers
Program Evaluation
Program Implementation
Marketing for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (If not taken in Area 4)
Fund Raising for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (If not take in Area 4)
Public Financial Management (If not taken in Area 2)
Strategic Planning and Management
Public Administration Internship Seminar (Note: Internship must be completed in the nonprifit sector)
Topics in Public Administration
Total Hours 18