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.
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 substantive change in the world. As a nonprofit manager, you might find yourself in roles such as:
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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.
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.
Select Intended Program – CERG, Nonprofit Management and Leadership (School of Social Work) [CERT_2NML_ON]
Statement of Purpose – 1 to 2 pages – What are your career interests in the nonprofit sector and how will the certificate contribute to achieving your professional goals? 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
Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates and student fees can change each year.
Based on 2022 credit hour cost, a person completing this program at the recommended pace would have paid $7,656 in tuition.
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).
Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and microphone are required.
High-speed internet access.
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 the 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.
Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations [3 credit hours]
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]
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