Nonprofit Management Certificate

8 Courses
8 Units
Online Fixed-Date
32 Weeks

Gain the Skills You Need To Thrive In the Nonprofit Industry

Our online Nonprofit Management Certificate program is designed to help you build the professional and practical skills and knowledge needed to support the sustainability and growth of nonprofit organizations.

Offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education in partnership with the university’s highly regarded School of Leadership and Education Sciences, Department of Leadership Studies, this multi-course certificate program provides a high-quality learning experience focused on the following essential areas:

Certificate Requirements

To earn a professional certificate in Nonprofit Management, participants must:

Learn more about the University of San Diego’s Professional and Continuing Education Certificate Benefits and Policies.

Schedule & Fees

Core Courses – To Enroll and Learn More Click a Course Below

All courses from this stream are required for completion of this certificate
Course Date Units Price
Overview of the Nonprofit Sector [MGT-X800] See Course Options 1 $299
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Online Fixed-Date
Leslie Hennessy

Get an introduction to the nonprofit sector, and learn how these organizations play an integral role in our communities

Introduction to Fundraising [MGT-X801] See Course Options 1 $299
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Online Fixed-Date
Sarah Zakaria

Learn the basics of nonprofit fundraising and learn how to become a fundraiser for a nonprofit

Introduction to Nonprofit Financial Management [MGT-X803] See Course Options 1 $299
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Online Fixed-Date
Rick Dahlseid

Learn about the basic accounting, interpreting and analyzing of required financial documents, to produce and report out documents that are understood by key stakeholders. 

Attracting and Retaining Volunteers [MGT-X804] See Course Options 1 $299
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Online Fixed-Date
Melinda Wilkes

This course will assist professionals to deploy the talents of volunteers and understand how to provide a structured objective framework.

Developing Effective Nonprofit Boards [MGT-X806] See Course Options 1 $299
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Online Fixed-Date
Sarah Zakaria

Governance is the heart of the board, but other aspects are important in order to successfully lead a nonprofit organization.

Fundamentals of Program Evaluation [MGT-X807] See Course Options 1 $299
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Online Fixed-Date
Mehrnoush Jamshidi

Gain the skills improve the management and effectiveness of your organization and its programs.

Marketing Essentials for Nonprofit Professionals [MGT-X812] See Course Options 1 $299
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Online Fixed-Date
Joshua Nunn

This continuing education course benefits nonprofit sector employees, professionals transitioning to the nonprofit sector. This course will introduce students to aspects of traditional marketing, explore digital marketing strategies and best practices, plus review real-world case studies.

Nonprofit Grantwriting [MGT-X816] See Course Options 1 $299
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Online Fixed-Date
Loretta Turner

Learn how to write a competitive nonprofit grant proposal to secure additional funding via foundation and public sources.


Learning Method Information

Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

Nonprofit Management Certificate Program Curriculum

The Management Certificate Program consists of eight online “fixed date” courses spanning the full spectrum of the nonprofit management experience. All eight are required to earn your certificate, however, the courses may also be taken individually:

What You Will Learn

Who Should Attend

Taught by experienced faculty instructors in a convenient and flexible online format, the courses in this research-based nonprofit management certificate program are ideal for:

Benefits of USD’s Online Nonprofit Management Certificate Program

Here are some of the most compelling reasons to enroll in the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Management Certificate program: 


The Course content is engaging and the coursework very manageable. The instructors skillfully engage all participants through the discussion groups and later provide thoughtful feedback on assignments and projects. I highly recommend this program to anyone involved with nonprofits in ANY capacity. You will be inspired to continue and expand your involvement as you embark on this journey of personal growth. Another plus? This program is AFFORDABLE!


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

Careers Outlook

Employment opportunities in the business and finance field are expected to grow by over 750,000 new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, employers are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented and educated business professionals.

This makes furthering your education and diversifying your business skillset all the more important. With expertise in a wide variety of business concepts, you will not only be well suited for many job roles, you will also be in demand by the employer of your choosing.

Industry Insights

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Career Opportunities

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for completing a certificate program?

Requirements for completing a certificate can be found on the certificate page.

Are the continuing education courses transferable to a master degree program?

Professional and Continuing Education courses that are transferrable to a USD master degree will be stated on the course or certificate page. If you wish to transfer credit, it is your responsibility to confer with the receiving institution before enrolling, as each
individual academic institution decides whether or not to accept USD Professional and Continuing Education credit.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate?

You have five years to complete the certificate.

What are your registration/drop/refund policies?

Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies

What if I can’t get into a course because it is full?

Prospective students can request to be placed on a waitlist. Should a space open up in a course, those on the waitlist will be notified. We encourage you to register early for courses.

Why USD?

The Professional and Continuing Education program nurtures key partnerships on the local, national, and international level. The goal is to better serve working professionals who seek to enhance or build their careers and help achieve their highest value and potential. Contact us today to learn more.

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