Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management


Sharpen your service, and do morePhoto of young professional man

The nonprofit sector is growing and connecting with more spheres of activity than ever before. Making change still takes more than a goal: it takes concrete knowledge and abilities. Our six-course certificate prepares you to succeed in the professional nonprofit world.

With peers equally committed to service, you will learn from regional nonprofit leaders as well as academics. For certificate students admitted for Spring 2017 and thereafter, the curriculum requires six 3-credit courses:

  1. PADM 6950 Introduction to Nonprofits (Fall only)
  2. PADM 6970 Social Marketing for Nonprofits (Fall only)
  3. PADM 6960 Resource Development (Spring only)
  4. PADM 6980 Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations (Spring only)
  5. PADM 6190 Financial Management for Health and Nonprofit Organizations (Summer only)
  6. PADM 6390 Ethics and Values in the Public Service (Fall, Summer)

See our Courses area for sample past syllabi; you may also examine the learning outcomes for certificate courses.

Courses are offered in a variety of delivery approaches (evening hybrid or online) which help meet our students' needs as working adults. You can start the certificate in spring, summer or fall. You can seek this certificate in combination with the MPA or PhD, or on its own. Contact us  to learn more about the certificate.  

Seek advising before registration every semester to make sound course choices and stay on track for completion (Contact your advisor). Students who want to pursue this certificate along with either the MPA or PhD should seek advising each semester before choosing any electives in the certificate to minimize chances of having to take an extra course while satisfying each set of requirements. 

Program flyer for the certificate; competencies included in certificate-specific courses

Key guiding documents

What thresholds must I meet to be eligible for admission?

  • Consult the TSU Graduate catalog.  Important updates relevant to the admissions criteria (GPA) and total credit requirements for the Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate are contained in these updates and revisions to the 2015-2017 Graduate Catalog; please review.
  • Please note that all applicable Graduate School thresholds and requirements must be met. Graduate certificates in the Department of Public Administration do not require standardized entrance exams for admission, but degree programs may have different requirements.
  • Submit all required application materials per the Graduate School (including Graduate School application, fee, transcripts).

How do I apply?

What classes should I take?  What forms must I complete along the way?

How do I get ready to complete my program?

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Department of Public Administration