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 five-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. The five courses cover key areas including Resource Development; Social Marketing and Community Awareness; Strategic Planning for Nonprofits; and Financial Management. See our Courses area for sample past syllabi.

Courses are offered in a variety of delivery approaches (evening, hybrid, weekend) 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 to make sound course choices (Contact your  advisor ). Students who want to pursue this certificate along with either the MPA or PhD should seek advising 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.  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 and starting as a certificate student does not change any degree program requirements.
  • Submit all required application materials per the Graduate School (including Graduate School application, fee, official 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