Graduate Certificates

The Nonprofit Management Certificate – Online and On Campus

Earn a graduate certificate in 1-2 years while learning nonprofit management skills, including fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning, and budgeting. It’s offered online and on campus.

  • 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 need a schedule that doesn’t interfere with your life or work?

infobuttonTHEN…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 and on campus (evening and Saturday)
  • 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
  • interesting and rigorous practical assignments

Curriculum (15 hours)

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: (9 hours)

  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership (3 hrs.)*
  • Philanthropy and Resource Development (3 hrs.)*
  • Nonprofit Budgeting & Financial Management (3 hrs.)*

Choice: Three of these one-hour courses in the Topics in Public Affairs offerings (3 hours)

  • Marketing for Public and Nonprofit Agencies (1 hr.)*
  • Strategic Planning (1 hr.)*
  • Grantwriting (1 hr.)*
  • Nonprofit Law (1 hr.)
  • Volunteer Management (1 hr.)*

*Offered Online


  • Human Resource Development & Performance Management OR 3 one-hour courses 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.

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); November 15 (spring), or April 1 (summer):

No test is required.

FINANCIAL AID: Loans are available for this Certificate program for eligible students enrolling in at least 5 hours of course work at the 500 level or above. (See Financial Aid)

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.

Questions: Contact Cheryl Hylton, Graduate Program Assistant ( or 334-5093.

Disclosure statement: Nineteen students completed the NPM Certificate during the 2016-17 academic year within an average of 1.5 years.  These graduates are employed in the following positions:  MA student in Social Policy at a Pennsylvania University; Executive Director for a local Adult Center in a neighboring county; Claims Representative for a local insurance company; Director of Space Management at a local university; Academic Coordinator at a local university; Development Associate for a local nonprofit; Grants Administrator for local university School of Medicine; Site Coordinator at Communities in School; Home Care Specialist for local assisted living/nursing home; Program Manager for Center for LGBT Communities; Director of Educational Planning & Operations in Korea; Tutorial Coordinator for NC university; Finance and HR Manager for Hospice; Children’s Library Associate for local city library; Grants Manager for a local music nonprofit; Physical Therapist for local orthopaedic office; Community Engagement Team Leader for local adult center; Business Manager for local publishing company and 1 unknown.   The estimated cost of the on campus program for 2016-2017 is $5230.38 for instate tuition and fees.  Distance education classes have a significantly lower cost, $3583.50.  Books, room and board are additional costs.  99.00/21-1099.00

CIP Code: NPM: 44.0401


Credential Level: 04

SOC Codes: 11-9151.00/21-1099.00/21-2099.00/21-1099.00