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Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management & Leadership
The online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management & Leadership is offered by UGA’s Institute for Nonprofit Organizations in the School of Social Work. The program is designed to instruct nonprofit leaders to support and influence the direction of an organization that may be engaged in a wide range of fields, such as human services, visual and performing arts, youth sports, environmental conservation, and many other areas with which nonprofit organizations are engaged.
The nonprofit sector in the United States is enormous. According to the National Council on Nonprofits, it comprises approximately six percent of the U.S. GDP, with nearly 1.5 million registered nonprofit organizations that attract a quarter of the adult population as volunteers. As the sector continues to grow, managers with diverse experiences and skills are increasingly in demand.
The course credits earned in this certificate program can be counted toward the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. A separate application to the MA is required.
Careers in Nonprofit Management
Nonprofits exist to achieve goals other than making a profit—most exist to make a difference. Whether your passion lies in animal welfare, human rights, or environmental protection, a career in nonprofit management allows you to make a living while striving to make a substantial change in the world. As a nonprofit manager, you might find yourself in roles such as:
- Executive Director
- Program Director
- Social Services Manager
- Fundraising Manager
- Volunteer Coordinator
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- Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
- High-speed internet access.
Tuition & Fees
|Online Tuition||$638 per credit hour||12 credit hours||$7,656 USD|
|Student Fees||$597 per semester||3 semesters||$1,791 USD|
|Total Program Cost||$9,447 USD|
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.
Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.
Additional costs may include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades.
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University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section).
Credit and Transfer
Total Hours Required to Earn Certificate: 12 (credit hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: N/A
Nonprofit Management and Leadership Admission Requirements
Students applying to the Graduate School for non-degree status are not required to take entrance exams or to submit test scores and letters of recommendation. However, applicants to this program are asked to include a letter of recommendation in their application documents for consideration by UGA's School of Social Work.
Application: Submit to the Graduate School online.
Application fee: $75 Domestic, $100 International.
Test Scores: International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
Statement of purpose: Submit to the Graduate School online in your application.
Transcripts: Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission
Letter of recommendation: Submit a letter of recommendation from an individual who can evaluate your scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. The letter should be sent directly from the recommender via email attachment to email@example.com.
- Summer: May 1
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: November 15
- Summer: February 15
- Fall: April 15
- Spring: October 15
The Nonprofit Management & Leadership curriculum covers basic theory and management of nonprofit organizations, grant proposal writing, fundraising, program design and evaluation, and volunteer management. The program is supported by a multidisciplinary faculty of scholars and professionals from the nonprofit sector.
The curriculum allows for application of skills to the student’s particular substantive areas of interest. That is, the skills learned in course are applicable to a nonprofit leader working in a small nonprofit serving homeless families as well as a larger organization carrying out research for environmental advocacy.
Completion of the certificate requires 12 semester hours (4 courses) of eligible graduate-level courses.
Nonprofit Management & Leadership Courses
Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations [3 credit hours]
|MNML 7226E||Evaluation of Professional Practice [3 credit hours]|
Topics in the Nonprofit Sector [1 – 3 credit hours]
Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations [3 credit hours]
|Managing Volunteers [3 credit hours]|
Managing Innovations in Organizations [3 credit hours]
MNML 7947 E
|Social Entrepreneurship [3 credit hours]|
|Grant Proposal Writing for Nonprofit Organizations [3 credit hours]|
Professional Writing for Nonprofit Leaders [3 credit hours]
Nonprofit Leadership [3 credit hours]