College of Arts and Sciences

Nonprofit Administration

Certificate Program

The Certificate in Nonprofit Administration is intended for students who have completed an MBA or equivalent graduate degree and have at least three years of management or nonprofit work experience.

The certificate program is designed to be flexible and adaptable to each student’s specific needs and interests. A customized program plan of 15-18 credits will be devised by the student and the program director.

Requirements for acceptance into the Post-Master’s Nonprofit Administration Certificate program include:

  • Completed application for Graduate Studies.
  • Completion of MBA or the equivalent.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • A 3.0 undergraduate GPA with a 3.2 in the major (for unconditional acceptance).
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which is preferably from a professional in a nonprofit organization.
  • Written statement that addresses the applicant’s interest in the program and career goals.
  • Professional resume.


Candidates for the Certificate (CNM) are required to take:

NP 501 (Overview of Nonprofit Administration)
NP 595 (Integrative Capstone Project)
Plus 3-4 electives from the following nonprofit courses:

NP 510   Internship in Nonprofit Administration
NP 520   Advocacy for Nonprofit Organizations
NP 530   Professional Communications for Nonprofit Administrators
NP 540   Grant Writing and Fund Raising for Nonprofit
NP 550   Policy Analysis for Nonprofits
NP 555   Cultural Diversity Training
NP 570   Organizational Assessment, Evaluation and Design
AC 572  Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations
EC 501  Economics for Nonprofit Managers
MK 521 Principles of Marketing
MN 550 Leadership & Managerial Skills
MN 588 Strategic Human Resource Management
MN 591 Ethics and Business Environmental Issues:  Section on Nonprofits

Start your free online application today! More information about the admissions process and requirements is available on the Graduate Studies website.