Become a Catalyst in the Nonprofit Sector

Nonprofit Management Certificate Program | Unversity of San Diego
In partnership with the University of San Diego's Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research, the Professional and Continuing Education Nonprofit Management Certificate program has been designed to build professional and practical skills needed to support your organization's sustainability and growth. This program will assist you in building your nonprofit knowledge and skills in the following:
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising and Grant Writing
  • Board Development
  • Staff and Volunteer Management
  • Program Evaluation
  • Risk Management 




The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at USD has gathered and analyzed data to report on San Diego's influential nonprofit and philanthropic sector. The 2016 Annual Report shows substantial growth in the industry within a regional scope. Find both national and regional specific statistics, qualifications, work environment, and more here.

Enroll in individual courses of your choice and start with any course in any term. Each class can be completed in four weeks. When you have completed the Nonprofit Certificate Program, you have the option to continue your studies for Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership and Management through the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

Who Should Attend

Experienced and new nonprofit sector employees, professionals transitioning to the nonprofit sector, current or prospective board members, or potential or veteran volunteers will benefit from this research-based program.

Schedule & Fees

Course # Required Courses (8 Required) Duration SP17 SU17 FA17 Fee
MGT-X800 Overview of the Nonprofit Sector (1 unit) 4 weeks

1/24 - 2/20

3/14 - 4/10

5/23/ - 6/19

8/11 - 9/7

9/5 - 10/2

10/24 - 11/20

MGT-X801 Introduction to Fundraising (1 unit) 4 weeks - 6/11 - 8/7 10/24 - 11/20 $299
MGT-X802 Managing Today's Nonprofit Teams Through Effective Risk Management (1 unit) 4 weeks 3/14 - 4/10 6/26 - 7/23 11/7 - 12/4 $299
MGT-X803 Introduction to Nonprofit Financial Management (1 unit) 4 weeks 2/27 - 3/26 626 - 7/23 9/5 - 10/2 $299
MGT-X804 Attracting and Retaining The New Volunteer Workforce for Today's Nonprofit Organizations (1 unit) 4 weeks 2/27 - 3/26 8/14 - 9/10 - $299
MGT-X806 Developing Effective Nonprofit Boards (1 unit) 4 weeks - 5/23 - 6/19 10/6 - 11/6 $299
MGT-X807 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation (1 unit) 4 weeks

1/24 - 2/20

4/11 - 5/8

8/14 - 9/10 11/7 - 12/4 $299
MKT-X850 Marketing Fundamentals (1 unit) 4 weeks

1/24 - 2/20

3/14 - 4/10



9/5 - 10/2

10/24 - 11/20

  One Time Certificate Fee  




C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date; OSP = Online Self-Paced; IS = Independent Study 

*Schedule and fees subject to change


Students completing the USD Nonprofit certificate program are eligible to obtain a national credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) with this program. Students completing the requirements will become Certified Nonprofit Professionals (CNPs). 


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Completion of the USD Nonprofit Certificate Program
  • Registration in the NLA program 
  • 300 Hours of internship or verifiable work and/or volunteer experience at a nonprofit agency
  • Attendance at one NLA Management Institute or approved alternative conference

For more information, please contact, Teresa VanHorn, MA, CNP, Director of Undergraduate Nonprofit Leadership and Management Programs and  Field Experience and Leadership Mentor Program at (619) 260-4760 or 

  • Complete 8 required courses
  • Complete all coursework with a final GPA of 2.5 (out of 4) or higher
  • One time certificate fee $45

The certificate can be completed in as little as eight months. Read more about Certificate Benefits and Policy.

Find out how this program can help you achieve the career and training needed for your professional growth. Join us for a free informational session discover opportunities to advance your career and develop transferable skills. RSVP today! Nonprofit Management Certificate Info Session Webinar

For more information please contact Sr. Program Coordinator, Elva Marin, at

  • Improve your ability to champion a cause and increase campaign success
  • Build a productive board that can help lead your nonprofit to the next level
  • Recognize internal controls, apply fund accounting, and develop financial tools and budgets
  • Build your brand and explore marketing strategies to differentiate your organization and increase brand awareness
  • Make a positive impact in the community and at your nonprofit organization.


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