Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Mary Ann Shepher-Cara DolakThe Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management provides an overview of central concepts in managing nonprofit organizations and is intended to meet the needs of students seeking a focused experience in order to prepare for or advance their careers in the nonprofit sector. It may be appropriate for students who seek to expand their knowledge but who do not wish to commit to a master’s degree program.

Certificate students enroll in regular courses of the Trachtenberg School and earn graduate credit. 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.


Courses and Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management requires that students complete twelve (12) credit hours and maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in order to be awarded the Graduate Certificate.

Required Courses:

PPPA 6031  Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations
PPPA 6032  Managing Fund Raising and Philanthropy

Nonprofit Elective Courses: (any two of the following)

PPPA 6016  Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
PPPA 6033  Nonprofit Enterprise
PPPA 6034  Managing Nonprofit Boards
PPPA 6053  Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations
PPPA 6058  International Development NGO Management

Other Trachtenberg School nonprofit courses that may be offered from time to time. With prior approval of the field advisor, certain non-Trachtenberg School courses at GW may be counted toward the elective group.

Admissions to the Certificate Program

Students applying to the Certificate Program do not need to submit a GRE score. Otherwise, applicants are required to meet the admission standards for admission to the Masters of Public Administration or Masters of Public Policy degree program.

Relations to the Masters Programs

If certificate students decide to apply to the MPA or MPP degree program, they must meet the admissions requirements of the program, including GRE requirements. Up to 9 credits of their certificate coursework 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. Certificate students who think they may wish to apply their entire certificate courses toward a degree (that is, all 12 credits) thus need to apply and gain admission to the degree program before registering for their fourth course.

For further information concerning academic requirements and content of the Graduate Certificate Program, contact Dr. Michael Worth, program director and Professor of Nonprofit Management.

For further information concerning application or registration procedures and other administration or financial matters, contact Bethany Pope, Assistant Director of Graduate Studies.