Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Our part-time, 12-credit online graduate certificate is designed to provide you with the knowledge, tools, and peer-to-peer interaction to help you thrive in your nonprofit work and career.

For Current Practitioners

Each week, you will strengthen core nonprofit management and operational skills. Course assignments are designed to allow you to bring the specific challenges of your organization to your learning; allowing you to have an immediate impact on your organization while you learn.

For Those Entering the Field

For students not yet working in the field, we have strong case studies and partnerships with top nonprofits allowing you to use real data in your course assignments. We immerse you.

Your Instructors

Our instructors are University of Connecticut public policy faculty and leading practitioners in the field of nonprofit management. You are learning with subject matter experts. Our faculty bring real-life experiences to the classroom.

Your Online Learning Experience

You are learning with nonprofit professionals from across Connecticut and the United States. The result is a highly dynamic class environment that brings together a rich mix of seasoned knowledge, real-life experience, perspectives, and opinions that strengthen the class dialogue and your learning experience.

Program Details

Curriculum and Courses

Certificate students must complete four of the below 3-credit graduate courses.

Required Courses:

  • PP 5323: Leading and Governing Nonprofit Organizations (Fall semester)
  • PP 5328: Business Functions for Nonprofits (Fall semester)

Choose two courses from the five below:

  • PP 5336: Fund Development and Nonprofit Sustainability (Fall semester)
  • PP 5366: Executive Leadership (Summer session)
  • PP 5319: Program Development and Evaluation (Spring semester)
  • PP 5324: Grant Writing and Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations (Spring semester)
  • PP 5329: Nonprofit Advocacy, Government Relations, and Law (Spring semester)

To be awarded a certificate, a student must satisfactorily complete (with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher) a set of courses specified in the certificate program requirements. Please see the Graduate School Academic Regulations for further information.

Application Process

Admission to the program is based on an assessment of the applicant’s potential to succeed in graduate study. Applicants are evaluated based on their demonstrated aptitude for graduate study, experience, and academic achievement. Learn more about our admissions process. 

Cost and Financing

Visit our Cost and Financial Aid page for information about tuition, fees, and scholarships for this certificate program.


For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, please email Program Director David Garvey.