Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
Thriving nonprofit organizations are an essential component of community well-being. This certificate program provides the knowledge and skills to lead and manage nonprofits effectively. Aspiring nonprofit leaders will gain fundamental skills; those already in the field will expand their skills; and nonprofit board members will gain knowledge to enhance their capacity to govern.
The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management consists of five required classes. Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently. It is possible that pursuing a certificate fully online or fully on campus could take up to two years, depending on course availability. Upcoming course schedules are available here. For descriptions of courses see UCCS Academic Catalog
Required courses include:
- PAD 5110 - Seminar in Nonprofit Management
- PAD 5140 - Nonprofit Financial Management
- PAD 5150 - Understanding and Achieving Funding Diversity
- PAD 5160 - Nonprofit Boards and Executive Leadership
- PAD 5180 - Social Entrepreneurship
Courses may be offered in the classroom or online. Students are not required to apply to a degree program to take these courses but must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Students must earn grades of "B-" or better in each course counted toward a certificate.
Current Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Criminal Justice students may take these courses and earn the certificate in addition to the MPA or the MCJ as part of their degree plan. Students who complete the courses within the certificate with a "B" or better may apply the courses to the MPA or MCJ degree, if admitted. Only courses taken within six years prior to graduation may be applied to the degree.
This certificate program meets Department of Education regulations for gainful employment programs; students are eligible to apply for financial aid.
New students interested in pursuing a graduate certificate must complete the online graduate application, select their intended certificate and pay the $60 application fee. An official transcript showing the undergraduate degree conferred should be sent to UCCS Admissions, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, or electronically to email@example.com.
Upon successful completion of the courses within the declared certificate, students must complete the "SPA Application for Certificate Completion" through their student portal. The certificate will then be annotated on the transcript, and a printed certificate will be mailed to the student. Students who wish to pursue a master's degree during or after completing the certificate program simply follow normal application procedures.
Gainful Employment Disclosures:
The U.S. Department of Education requires us to provide information about each of our certificates. Read Disclosure on Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.