The Nonprofit Management Certificate
- Do you need further education for your increasing responsibilities?
- Do you want a program tailored to the demands of the nonprofit sector?
- Are you not yet ready to commit to a more lengthy degree program?
- Or do you have a Master's degree already, but want to fill in some gaps?
- Do you want challenging courses to develop your skills and knowledge?
- Do you need a schedule that doesn't interfere with your life or work?
THEN...the nonprofit management certificate program at UNCG may be for you!
These are the features of this certificate program:
- 15 credit hours of course work that can be completed within a year's time or longer, as your schedule allows
- classes offered online (beginning Summer 2011) and on campus
- on-line, evening and Saturday courses
- excellent faculty, many with experience in the nonprofit sector
- small classes (15-25 students)
- a mix of three-credit and one-credit courses, with some required and some elective
- coverage of the major issues in nonprofit management
- interesting and rigorous practical assignments
- research opportunities in subjects you need to know more about
The curriculum should prepare all students to understand:
- the nonprofit sector and its political and legal status;
- methods of resource development and management;
- specific knowledge and skills needed in nonprofit management.
Required Core Courses:
- Nonprofit Management and Leadership (3 hrs.)*
- Philanthropy and Resource Development (3 hrs.)*
- Nonprofit Budgeting & Financial Management (3 hrs.)*
Three of these one-hour courses in the Topics in Public Affairs offerings:
- Marketing for Public and Nonprofit Agencies (1 hr.)
- Strategic Planning (1 hr.)*
- Grantwriting (1 hr.)*
- Nonprofit Law (1 hr.)
- Volunteer Management (1 hr.)*
- Human Resource Development & Performance Management OR
- A Course in the MPA program offerings or another approved course in another graduate program
Students will also be required to develop a professional portfolio of their course projects and materials to demonstrate their proficiency in nonprofit work. Students may elect to learn more about a particular policy or program area of interest through classes in the MPA program or other UNCG graduate programs.
The required and recommended courses are offered in coordination with the nonprofit management concentration in the Master of Public Affairs program.
The following must be submitted to the Graduate School by July 1(fall semester); November 1 (spring), or April 1 (summer):
- an application form (see the Graduate School website: http://grs.uncg.edu
- a transcript (bachelor's and/or master's degree) from a regionally accredited college or university
- a personal statement about
- three letters of recommendation
- a resume
No test is required.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of nonprofit studies (and since there is no undergraduate degree), specific majors or course work are not required for admission.
Relationship to the MPA Program
This program allows students without an MPA degree who enroll in the certificate program to apply to the MPA program, and receive 12 hours of credit toward the degree. However, satisfactory completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the MPA program. All other admission criteria, including transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation and a supplemental application would have to be completed by the applicant and reviewed by the faculty. Admitted students would have to complete the MPA degree within five years from the beginning of the certificate enrollment to the completion of the degree.
Get the Personal Statement Form
Questions: Contact Cheryl Hylton, Graduate Program Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 334-5093.
Disclosure statement: Seven students completed the NPM certificate during the 2011-12 academic year within an average of 1.5 years. One of our graduates is employed with the UNC University System, another a church administrator, a Nutrition/Outreach Director for a local YMCA, a Membership Assistant for a local Chamber of Commerce, a Head Start Coordinator, a Family Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinator for a Housing Authority and a Director of Development for a Humanities Council. The estimated cost of the program for 2012-2013 is $4416.13 for instate tuition and fees. Books, room and board are additional costs. Distance education classes have a significantly lower cost.
CIP Code: NPM: 52.0206
UNCG OPEIOD: 002976
Credential Level: 04
SOC Codes: 11-9151.00/21-1099.00/21-2099.00/21-1099.00