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Nonprofit Management Certificate Class of 2013

Become a Skillful Nonprofit Leader and Make a Greater Difference in Your Organization

It takes a strong leader to manage a nonprofit organization. If your passion is to work in nonprofit management, you can get the professional training and development you will need to support your organization’s sustainability and growth. This program builds your nonprofit knowledge and skills in specific focus areas including:

  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising and Grant Writing
  • Board Development
  • Staff and Volunteer Management
  • Program Evaluation
  • Risk Management

Develop the management skills to successfully lead a nonprofit organization with this in-depth program. Each professional and continuing education course is designed to build critical and practical skills for nonprofit management.

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Learner Outcomes

  • Improve your ability to champion a cause and increase campaign success
  • Build a Board that is productive, and can help lead your nonprofit to the next level
  • Recognize internal controls and 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

All Courses are delivered in the Classroom or Online Fixed-Date format. Our online courses offer the same high-quality content and expert instruction as the courses held on-ground at the University of San Diego. Instructors facilitate courses through engaging multimedia presentations and provide prompt feedback to questions within a 24-48 hour time frame. Online learning allows students to interact with classmates worldwide and replicate in-classroom interactions through weekly discussion forums, chats and email correspondence.


USD faculty and experienced practitioners in the nonprofit sector provide a stimulating and participative 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 semester. On campus courses meet four times for just over three hours from 6:00 to 9:10 PM. Each class can be completed in one month.

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 the requirements below for a total of eight units with a final GPA of 2.5 (out of 4) or higher to earn a professional certificate in Nonprofit Management. The certificate can be completed in as little as eight months.

  • Complete 5 core courses (5 units)
  • Complete 3 elective courses (3 units)
  • Attend 70% of scheduled classes (classroom courses only)
  • Complete all coursework with a final GPA of 2.5 (out of 4) or higher. Read more about Certificate Benefits and Policy.

Information Sessions - Online

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Schedule & Fees

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Click on the following links for detailed information regarding the courses listed below:

  Core Courses - To Enroll and Learn More Click a Course Below 
Minimum Required:  5  Course(s)
    MGT-X800   Overview of the Nonprofit Sector
    MGT-X801   Introduction to Fundraising
    MGT-X803   Introduction to Nonprofit Financial Management
    MGT-X806   Developing Effective Nonprofit Boards
    MGT-X807   Fundamentals of Program Evaluation
  Electives - To Enroll and Learn More Click a Course Below 
Minimum Required:  3  Course(s)
    MGT-X802   Managing Today's Nonprofit Teams Through Effective Risk Management
    MGT-X804   Attracting and Retaining the New Volunteer Workforce for Today's Nonprofit Organizations
    MGT-X811   Leveraging Technology for Nonprofit Success
    MKT-X850   Marketing Fundamentals
  Nonprofit Governance Symposium 
Minimum Required:  0  Course(s)
    MGT-X850   Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium
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