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 


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Current Career Trends

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.

Learner Outcomes

  • 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.

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.

Course Format


USD faculty and experienced practitioners in the nonprofit sector provide a stimulating and engaging learning environment. Your instructors in this certificate program are highly-regarded faculty from USD’s Institute of Nonprofit Education and Research renowned practitioner faculty who are leaders in the health care, arts, administration, human services, finance, organizational development and community organizing fields.


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.

Certificate Requirements

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

Information Sessions

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


Nonprofit Management Courses 
FALL 2017
(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
(1 unit)  (4 weeks)
7/11 - 8/7
10/24 - 11/20
(1 unit(4 weeks)
3/14 - 4/10
7/26 - 7/23
11/7 - 12/4
(1 unit) (4 weeks)
2/27 - 3/27 6/26 - 7/23 9/5 - 10/2
(1 unit(4 weeks)
2/27 - 3/26
8/14 - 9/10
(1 unit) (4 weeks)
2/7 - 3/6
10/9 - 11/6
(1 unit) (4 weeks)
1/24 - 2/20
3/14 - 4/10
9/5 - 10/2
11/7 - 12/4
(1 unit) (4 weeks)
Courses offered as OFD = Online Fixed-Date; Click on each individual course to access course fees. *Schedule and fees subject to change

Certified Nonprofit Professional

tudents 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 

Additional Details

Federal Financial Aid Available: