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NonProfit Project: Certificate at UIS

Nonprofit Visit to Agency National, regional and local studies of nonprofits indicate a coming shortage in nonprofit leadership. Fifty to seventy-five percent of baby boomers plan to leave their nonprofit leadership position in the next five years ( Casey Foundation). The PA Nonprofit Project takes this leadership need seriously. The nonprofit certificate is intended for professionals in the field of nonprofit management, for those who work closely with nonprofit organizations, or for those who are beginning their careers and wish to prepare for a career working in or with nonprofit organizations.  Skills obtained in earning this certificate allow for management of an organization where the bottom line is not financial, but the level of excellence achieved in helping the underprivileged, promoting the arts, or empowering through education.

Important: Students, who seek to earn a certificate while also working on their MPA degree, must enter on initial application to the university that they are seeking the MPA and the MNPO , or if currently enrolled, they must file a change of curriculum form to list the MPA and the certificate they are striving for.  See “ How to Apply for a Certificate.”

When the courses are complete, please see Registrar’s link to apply to award certificate.

Fall 2015 or After Catalogue

Students who begin in the program on or after fall 2015 will find degree requirements in the catalogue here.

Before Fall 2015 Catalogue Students

Requirements for students who begin before fall of 2015 are below.

Students must select from the following for a total of 20 credit hours.

Please note that transfer credits can’t be used for certificates.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Management of Nonprofit Organizations:

  • Area 1: Introduction to Nonprofit Management
    PAD 542 – Non-Profit Sector and Society
  • Area 2: Nonprofit Finance
    Select one of the below:
    PAD 545 – Nonprofit and Government Finance
    PAD 504 – Public Budgeting and Finance (Prerequisite required – microeconomics)
  • Area 3: Human Resources
    PAD 541 –
    Nonprofit Sector: Human Resources
  • Area 4: Nonprofit-Specific Tools
    Select one from:
    PAD 543: Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
    PAD 544: Fund Raising for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Area 5: Administrative Tools
    Select one from:
    PAD 543: Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations or
    PAD 544: Fund Raising for Public and Nonprofit Organizations if not taken in area four.
    PAD 533: Program Evaluation
    PAD 534: Program Implementation
    PAD 590: Special topic elective courses that are approved for use in the nonprofit certificate as noted each semester.
    PAD 580: Internship (Internships must be in the nonprofit sector)
    PAD 545 – Nonprofit and Government Finance or
    PAD 504 – Public Budgeting and Finance (Prerequisite required – microeconomics) if not taken in area two. (Petition needed)

Note: To qualify for the Nonprofit Certificate, students must earn a grade of B or better (a B- does not qualify) in each of the classes.

The Graduate Certificate is part of our Nonprofit Project.

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