Nonprofit Management Certificate Program

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"This program offers new and veteran directors, administrators, and board members skills necessary to achieve your nonprofit's mission in a proactive way."
Marty O'Malley, Executive Director, L'Arche Mobile
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Certificate Requirements

The Nonprofit Management Certificate curriculum spans 32-weeks giving you an intensive training in nonprofit management. Upon completion of the seven courses, you will receive a Level 1 certificate in Nonprofit Management.  Those wishing to round out their knowledge of nonprofit operations may wish to enroll in the Grant Writing Workshop and receive a Level II certificate upon completion of that additional course.

You may enroll in the certificate program and courses at the beginning of any term. There are no prerequisites for courses, but successful completion of all courses is required to earn the certificate.

Registration for the Nonprofit Management Certificate requires a non-refundable $40 application fee and must accompany a completed registration form found in the program brochure. There is no additional charge for the Level II Certificate. In addition to the certificate application fee, registration and registration fees are required for each course listed below in the Class Schedule.  To see the current classes offerings and registration fees, please visit our online catalog.

Class Schedule

Classes meet one night per week and most classes are only four weeks, with the exception of Resource Development which is eight weeks in duration. Each class session is 2.5 hours. 

Level I Certificate

  • Organizational Development (BU386) - fall
  • Strategic Organizational Development (BU497) - fall 
  • Boards and Governance (BU490) - winter
  • Effective Financial Management (BU398) - winter
  • Resource Development (BU391) - spring
  • Marketing for Nonprofits (BU394) - summer
  • Evaluating Nonprofit Organizations for Quality and Effectiveness (BU393) - summer

Level II Certificate

Students wishing to earn a Level II Certificate must complete the requirements of the Level I Certificate above with the following additional course:

  • Grant Writing: The Step-by-Step Process (BU388) - fall and spring terms only

Attendance Policy

Students MUST attend 80% of all class meetings within a course unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor. Maximum of excused absences per course will depend on the length of the course. Each instructor will notify students of number of excused absences allowable for their course in writing as part of the course syllabus.


The USA Center for Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is not sufficient enrollment. Should a course be canceled after you enroll, you may transfer to another class or receive a full refund. Decisions to cancel a course based on enrollment are made typically three business days prior to the course start date, see course description for specific cancellation details. Failure to attend classes does not constitute withdrawal. Decisions to cancel your registration must be received by 5 p.m. at least three business days prior to the start of your class. Refund requests received after this will not be granted.