Nonprofit Administration, Certificate

The Certificate in Nonprofit Administration offers current and aspiring nonprofit leaders a practical education to have an even greater impact on their organizations and communities. The certificate has an interdisciplinary curriculum covering the fundamental competencies of nonprofit management such as organizational leadership, governance, policy influence, program evaluation, financial management, marketing, and fundraising.

The Certificate in Nonprofit Administration requires 4 course units, including 2 course units of foundational courses and 2 course units of electives chosen from the list below. 


Foundational Courses
Select 2 foundational courses from the following:2
Leading Nonprofits
Nonprofit Financial Management
Financial Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Select 2 electives from the following:2
Social Enterprise (Leading 4th Sector Complex Organizations)
Program Evaluations and Data Analysis
Program Evaluations & Data Analysis
The Performance Imperative
Total Course Units4

Additionally, there will be several workshops on related topics, such as grant writing, fundraising, and social enterprises, offered throughout the year. Certificate students are strongly encouraged to attend these workshops.

A course may only be counted toward one certificate, and Fels MPA and EMPA students may count no more than two core MPA courses may count toward a certificate. Electives are subject to change; please consult the Fels website for the most up to date list of electives.

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United States Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Code (SOC)
11-1021 General and Operations Managers
11-2013 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
11-9030 Education Administrators
11-9151 Social and Community Service Managers
13-1131 Fundraisers
13-1121 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
21-1012 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
21-1020 Social Workers


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.