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
The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Tuition & Fees
Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. Potential additional costs include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades.
Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
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
Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply to the graduate school for the Graduate Certificate program in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and are not required to take entrance exams and submit letters of recommendation.
- Application - submit online to the Graduate School Admissions. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International
- Select Campus - Online
- Select Intended Program - CERG, Nonprofit Management and Leadership (School of Social Work) [CERT_2NML_ON]
- 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.
- Resume or CV - Submit a resume or CV with your application.
- Letter of recommendation - Submit online to the Graduate School a letter of recommendation from an individual who can evaluate your scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program.
International Applicants - must also submit TOEFL or IELTS
- Summer: Priority Deadline: March 15* – Deadline May 1
- Fall: Priority Deadline: June 15* – Deadline July 1
*applications received by the priority deadline will receive priority consideration
- Summer: February 15
- Fall: April 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]
News & Events
Learn more about the online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management & Leadership!
Contact the online Nonprofit Management Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.
"The professionalization of the nonprofit world over the last two decades—along with the curriculum changes responding to it—is something I've experienced up close. We now have standards and different criteria that we expect nonprofit managers to have. Now that more and more people have gone through the program, word is spreading about how this kind of education is good to have." - Kristina Jaskyte, ' 21
"The master’s program really helped me to narrow down what I wanted to pursue within the nonprofit sector. Because much of the coursework and projects emphasized improving local nonprofit strategies, I was able to get a feel for nonprofit management in the real world. In April 2018, just prior to graduating, I was named Student of the Year for the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Leadership program." - Emily May, '19
"I chose to go back to school at UGA to better equip myself to help my fellow veterans. I believe the Nonprofit Management and Leadership program is shaping me into the leader i need to be in order to see VeteransFirst365 come to life and last." - Larry Howard, '19