The graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management online provides students with an understanding of the nonprofit sector's role in society and knowledge applicable to those who wish to lead and manage nonprofit organizations.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year
Courses are offered 100% online
Required number of credits to complete this degree

Nonprofit management certificate online

The graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management is run by the ASU School of Community Resources and Development by its highly ranked Nonprofit Leadership and Management program. It is a post-baccalaureate certificate that provides students with an understanding of the role of the nonprofit sector and the skills required for effective leadership and management of nonprofit organizations. Foundational courses provide a solid grounding in the history and philosophy of the sector, and other courses integrate theory, research and practice to develop critical leaders and managers.

This program is available to students who are pursuing their graduate degree in a chosen field of study and who have expressed interest in pursuing careers in the nonprofit sector. In addition, this program is well suited for working professionals with an undergraduate degree who wish to strengthen their skills and advance in their careers with a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management.

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Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program. All applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee.
  2. Official transcripts.
  3. Curriculum vitae or resume.
  4. Statement of educational and career goals.
  5. Three reference letters.
  6. Proof of English proficiency.

Additional Application Information

Applicants should have some management/leadership experience in the nonprofit sector.

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. International applicants are also required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores and a financial guarantee statement.

The statement of educational and career goals should be written in sufficient detail to indicate compatibility with the educational objectives and capabilities of the school.

Reference letters should be from a combination of academic and professional references. References from friends and family members are not accepted.

Students currently pursuing the nonprofit leadership and management certificate who are interested in applying for the master's program must apply to the degree program before the completion of nine credit hours in their certificate program.

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