Nonprofit Management

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Why Nonprofit Management?

This graduate certificate provides a comprehensive overview of nonprofit management through an in-depth study of both theory and practice, preparing students to excel in the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofits today simply require a higher level of management expertise, and nonprofit managers are required to manage people and programs more efficiently and effectively. The online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management focuses on developing a range of skills in organizational management, financial management, fundraising, grant and report writing, human resources management, and governance. The program integrates theoretical approaches with practical applications.

Working and collaborating via the internet, students participate in case studies, individual and group projects, and class discussions. The program is designed for individuals who already work in the nonprofit sector as executive directors, managers, program staff, board members, or volunteers. The online format makes it easier for these working professionals to balance coursework with their other commitments, and offers a level of interaction that more than equals the educational experience delivered in a traditional classroom.

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Unique Features

  • Online program design allows for flexibility and balance for working professionals
  • Courses from this certificate can be applied to Northeastern's MS in Leadership and MS in Nonprofit Management
  • Designed to help students develop and enhance practical and relevant management skills such as grant and report writing
  • Program designed for an interactive online student experience through group projects and discussions

Career Outlook

Hiring in nonprofit organizations is on the upswing. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nonprofit sector ranks third in the U.S. in overall employment, with more than 12.3m employees.

The fastest-growing jobs are in:

  • Direct services
  • Fundraising
  • Program management
  • Program support

A sample of where our recent graduates are working:

  • YMCA
  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Horizons for Homeless Children
  • Oxfam America
  • Marymount Manhattan College Prison Program

What you'll study

General Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management Required Courses

NPM 6110 - Legal and Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6120 - Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6125 - Promoting Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6130 - Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6140 - Grant and Report Writing
NPM 6150 - Human Resources Management in Nonprofit Organizations

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 18 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

Did You Know?

Nonprofits account for 12.3 million jobs and 10.2% of private sector employment. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Stackable Certificate:

Credits earned completing this certificate can be applied toward the MS in Nonprofit Management.

Average Time to Completion

6-12 months



Entry Terms


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