Online Nonprofit Leadership and Management Graduate Certificate

Earning a graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership and management helps you strengthen your current knowledge and abilities, supporting the pursuit of senior roles in this field. By combining your current skill set with an advanced understanding of how nonprofits function, you’ll be prepared to effectively organize and manage an organization’s operations.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 08/18/2022


Total classes: 5

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 15

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Which topics does this certificate in nonprofit leadership and management focus on?

In this nonprofit management certificate program, you’ll develop general leadership abilities and knowledge needed to oversee a nonprofit organization. Specific areas of focus include creative problem-solving, strategic planning, fundraising, volunteer management and more. You’ll also learn the history and philosophy of nonprofits while taking a deeper dive into the concepts of theory, research and practice used in modern nonprofit management.

What makes me a good candidate for this nonprofit leadership and management certificate?

 

If you’re a professional with a bachelor’s degree and one to three years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, this certificate directly supports your journey to professional development. This program is also a good option for those currently pursuing a master’s degree. Earning a graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership and management can build a bridge between your current skill set and other senior roles in this field. Overall, this certificate complements several areas of study, including:

  • Emergency management and homeland security.
  • Family and human development.
  • Health care innovation.
  • Public safety leadership and administration.
  • Sustainability leadership.

Can this certificate prepare me to start a nonprofit or operate a small, local organization?

 

While the nonprofit management certificate can support a variety of professionals, it is not intended to address the needs of individuals who are:

  • Planning to start a new nonprofit.
  • Seeking a practical education on operating a small nonprofit.

If these situations apply to you, you may want to consider alternative options for learning, such as the ASU Lodestar Center’s Nonprofit Management Institute.

Will my nonprofit leadership and management certificate say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Featured graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership and management courses

Through this program’s connection to the Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management, you can access a rich variety of coursework led by a faculty dedicated to philanthropy. A broad range of electives empowers you to focus on nonprofit topics most relevant to your career goals. Featured courses include:


Core

Financial and Resource Management


Core

The Nonprofit Sector


Core

Strategic Human Resources Management


Core

Volunteer Resource Management


Elective

Community and Social Innovations


Elective

Executive Leadership and Governance


Elective

Fundraising and Resource Development


Elective

Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations


What can I do with a nonprofit management certificate?

A nonprofit leadership and management certificate makes you a more competitive candidate for advanced roles focused on growing and advancing organizations. Electives you select can help support specific professional goals. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

Fundraiser

Grant writer

Program manager

Public relations manager

Volunteer resource manager

Learn from educators who deeply understand nonprofit operations

The impressive faculty in the School of Community Resources and Development are inspiring the next generation of socially responsible leaders through advancing real-world solutions to the most pressing issues facing communities. The faculty members are experts in building the capacity of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. This work has impacted hundreds of organizations in delivering services that represent the full range of community issues and interests. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Member of The NonProfit Times “Power & Influence Top 50” in the United States.
  • Leading scholars of the field as recognized by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Learn from educators who deeply understand nonprofit operations

The impressive faculty in the School of Community Resources and Development are inspiring the next generation of socially responsible leaders through advancing real-world solutions to the most pressing issues facing communities. The faculty members are experts in building the capacity of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. This work has impacted hundreds of organizations in delivering services that represent the full range of community issues and interests. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Member of The NonProfit Times “Power & Influence Top 50” in the United States.
  • Leading scholars of the field as recognized by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership and management admission requirement

Applicants to the graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership and management program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

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A college that emphasizes social good

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.

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Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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