Certificate in Nonprofit Management
The Trachtenberg School's certificate in nonprofit management prepares students to begin or advance careers in the nonprofit sector. With coursework in fundraising, governance, public-private partnerships, lobbying, social entrepreneurship, leading diverse and inclusive organizations and much more, students learn to become well-rounded professionals in nonprofit leadership.
The highly flexible curriculum requires only two core courses (6 credits). At least one elective course (3 credits) must be taken in the Trachtenberg School. Another elective (3 credits) may be taken in the Trachtenberg School or at other GW schools.
The curriculum provides an overview of central concepts required in managing nonprofit organizations. Some students in the program seek to expand their knowledge but who do not wish to commit to a master’s degree program. Others use it to launch into an MPA or MPP.
Certificate students enroll in courses within the Trachtenberg School and earn graduate credit, with the option of supplementing elective courses from other GW schools. Regular graduate tuition and fees apply. The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management program is available at the George Washington University's main campus in downtown Washington, D.C. It is not available as a distance learning program.
Applicants are required to meet the admission standards for admission to the Trachtenberg School. Submitting a GRE test score is optional.
Relation to the Master's Programs
If you begin the certificate and decide to apply to the MPA or MPP degree program, you must apply by the deadline and meet the admissions requirements of the program. Up to nine credits of your certificate courses taken prior to admission to a degree program will be accepted in the master’s program within two years of completing the course and if a grade of B or better has been earned in the course. If you wish to have all 12 credits apply toward a degree, you need to apply and gain admission to the degree before registering for your fourth course in the certificate program.
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits, including 6 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses.
|PPPA 6031||Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations|
|PPPA 6032||Managing Fundraising and Philanthropy|
|or PPPA 6033||Nonprofit Enterprise|
|Electives, Trachtenberg School|
|At least one course (3 credits) and as many as two courses (6 credits) selected from the following:|
|PPPA 6016||Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation|
|PPPA 6033||Nonprofit Enterprise *|
|PPPA 6032||Managing Fundraising and Philanthropy *|
|PPPA 6034||Managing Nonprofit Boards|
|PPPA 6053||Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations|
|PPPA 6055||Contracting Out and Public–Private Partnerships|
|PPPA 6058||International Development NGO Management|
|PPPA 6062||Community Development Policy and Management|
|PPPA 6063||Policy Issues in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Impact Investing|
|PPPA 6068||Leading Diverse and Inclusive Organizations|
|Electives, other GW schools|
|Students may select one course (3 credits) from the following**:|
|ACCY 6701||Government Accounting|
|MGT 6285||Social Entrepreneurship|
|PUBH 6054||Community Engagement and Advocacy|
|SMPA 6206||Advocacy Communication and Political Networks|
*If not taken as a required course.
**Students may supplement or substitute elective courses with other relevant courses in related disciplines with the permission of a field advisor. Field advisors can recommend courses in various schools of the university that address a student's particular interest and career goals.
- A relevant TSPPPA Special Topics course approved by the certificate program advisor.
- A relevant course in another GW academic unit, approved by the certificate program advisor (Limited to one 3 credit course outside of TSPPPA for the certificate).
The certificate advisor may approve alternative courses depending on the student’s interests or experience.