Become a Catalyst in the Nonprofit Sector

In partnership with the University of San Diego's Nonprofit Institute, the Division of Professional and Continuing Education's Nonprofit Management Certificate program has been designed to build professional and practical skills needed to support an organization's sustainability and growth.

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.


Tuition $2,437
Format Online Fixed Date
Application Open Enrollment
Program Duration 9 -10 months

Schedule and Fees

Course Schedule and Enrollment Links
All Required for Certificate

FA 2019

SP 2020


MGT-X800 Overview of the Nonprofit Sector


Jan  14


MGT-X801 Introduction to Fundraising

Sep 3

Jan 14


MGT-X802 Managing Todays Nonprofit Teams

Sep 3

Feb 25


MGT-X803 Introduction to Nonprofit Financial Management


Apr 7


MGT-X804 Attracting and Retaining the New Volunteer Workforce

Oct 29

Mar 3





Nov 19



MKT-X850 Marketing Fundamentals

Oct 1

Mar 31


Certificate Fee

All courses follow an Online Fixed Date modality; Schedule and Fees are subject to change.

Program Details

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Nonprofit Management. Learn more about certificate benefits and policies, here

  • Complete 8 required courses (8 units)
  • Complete all coursework with a final grade of 'C' or better
  • Certificate Fee $45

Data released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, using analysis from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, shows that the nonprofit sector continued its steady record of significant job growth through 2016, outpacing the rate of for-profit job growth by over 3 to 1. Between the pre-recession year of 2007 and 2016, nonprofit employment grew by nearly 17%.

Nonprofit organizations are the third largest private workforce of all U.S. industries, behind only retail trade and manufacturing. In addition, nonprofits also account for the third largest employee payroll, with total nonprofit wages exceeding those of most other U.S. industries, such as construction, transportation, and finance.

Referenced from "Nonprofit Rate of Job Growth Outpaces For-Profit Rate by Over 3-1 Over Last Decade." Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies Report 08/28/2018.

View the USD's Nonprofit Institute Annual State of Nonprofits & Philanthropy Report in San Diego here.

  • 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

This program is approved by the following third-party funding sources:

  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
  • ETPL

Students using third-party funding please contact Enrollment and Student Services, at continuinged@sandiego.eduor 619-260-4585 to begin the registration process. Please ensure to have your funding source details readily available.

What is a CNP?

The Certified Nonprofit Professional is a credential obtain through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA). Independent research has shown that individuals with a CNP credential are seven times more likely to rise to director or higher levels (compared with their non-CNP peers). 

Do courses need to be taken in sequence?

No, courses can be taken in any sequence. If you are new to nonprofit management and/or are pursuing a certificate it is recommended to begin with MGT-X800 Overview of the Nonprofit Sector.

How long are courses?

Each course is 4 weeks in duration, courses are taught in a Online-Fixed Date modality. Learn more, here.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Although students are able to take multiple courses concurrently, it is recommended for students to begin with one course to best gauge personal time management. 

How much time should I set aside for each course?

Students are encouraged to set aside 8-10 hours a week towards their coursework. Most students have found setting aside 12-15 hours the first week has helped in becoming better acclimated with the online learning platform.

When should I pay for the certificate fee?

It is recommended to pay for your certificate fee upon your first course.

Certified Nonprofit Professional

The University of San Diego has been a member of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, NLA, since 1988 and is 1 of the 40 colleges and universities within the Alliance’s network.

Students completing the Nonprofit Management Certificate program are eligible to obtain this national credential from the NLA. 

Certified Nonprofit Professional Requirements

  • Completion of the USD Nonprofit Certificate Program
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 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 an alternative conference

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