Become a Skillful Nonprofit Leader To Make a Greater Difference

Nonprofit Management Certificate Program | Unversity of San DiegoIn today's society 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. Each course is designed to build critical and practical skills for nonprofit management. This program, in partnership with the University's Institute for Nonprofit Education, builds 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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Certificate Benefits
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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

Courses are delivered in an Online Fixed-Date or Classroom 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 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 semester. 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 the requirements below to earn a certificate in Nonprofit Management. The certificate can be completed in as little as eight months. Read more about Certificate Benefits and Policy.

  • Complete 5 core courses (5 units) and 3 elective courses (3 units)

  • Complete all coursework with a final GPA of 2.5 (out of 4) or higher.

Schedule & Fees

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Course #  5 Core Courses (5 units) Duration SP16 SU16 FA16 *Fee
MGT-X800 Overview of the Nonprofit Sector (1 unit) 4 weeks O: Jan 19 - Feb 15   O: Sep 13 - Oct 10 $379
MGT-X801 Introduction to Fundraising (1 unit) 4 weeks O:Feb 23 - Mar 22   O: Oct 18 - Nov 14 $379
Introduction to Nonprofit Financial
Management (1 unit)
4 weeks O: Apr 26 - May 23   O: Nov 15 - Dec 12 $379
MGT-X806 Developing Effective Nonprofit Boards (1 unit) 4 weeks   O: Jul 12 - Aug 8    $379
MGT-X807 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation (1 unit) 4 weeks   O: Aug 16 - Sep 12   $379
Course #
3 Elective Courses
(3 units)
Managing Today's Nonprofit Teams Through
Effective Risk Management (1 unit)
4 weeks O: Mar 29 - Apr 25     $379
Attracting and Retaining the New Volunteer
Workforce (1 unit)
4 weeks   O: Jun 7 - Jul 4   $379
MGT-X811 Leveraging Technology (1 unit) 4 weeks - - - $379
MGT-X850 Marketing Fundamentals(1 unit) 4 weeks O: Jan 19 - Feb 15   O: Sep 6 - Oct 3 $379
  One Time Certificate Fee         $45
  Total Certificate Cost (8 courses)         $3,077
C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date; OSP = Online Self-Paced; IS = Independent Study Self-Paced; *Schedule subject to change


Additional Details

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