Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

The nonprofit sector in the United States is huge. It comprises approximately six percent of the U.S. GDP, with nearly one and a half million registered nonprofit organizations that attract one quarter of the adult population as volunteers. (National Council on Nonprofits) As the sector continues to grow, managers with diverse experiences and skill are increasingly in demand.

The UGA Institute for Nonprofit Organizations in the School of Social Work offers an online graduate certificate for individuals who seek to enhance their skills and knowledge in nonprofit management and leadership. Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership will prepare you 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 curriculum covers basic theory and management of nonprofit organizations, grant proposal writing, fundraising, program design and evaluation, and managing volunteers. The program is supported by a multidisciplinary faculty of scholars and professionals from the nonprofit sector. The course credits you earn 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.


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

The School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the sole accrediting body of schools of social work in the United States.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). 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. Current tuition and fees are available on the Office of the Registrar 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.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

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

Admission Requirements

Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student.  Requirements are based on UGA's Graduate School admissions standards for non-degree students.

Application Checklist

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.

  1. Application – Submit to the Graduate School online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Test Scores – International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  3. Statement of purpose – Submit to the Graduate School online in your application.
  4. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission
  5. Letter of recommendation – Submit a letter of recommendation from an individual who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. The letter should be sent directly from the recommender via email attachment to nprofit@uga.edu.

Application Deadlines

  • Summer:  March 1
  • Fall: July 1

International Applicants

  • Summer:  February 15
  • Fall: April 15


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.

Two required courses: Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations and Evaluation of Professional Practice
Two additional courses: Choose from among a menu of core courses such as Fundraising, Grant Proposal Writing, and Volunteer Management. 

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Contact Information

Contact the online Nonprofit Management Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have. 

Email us using the request for information form or call (706) 948-2608