Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

School of Public Affairs


Degree: Graduate Certificate

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management prepares students to become innovative and critical thinkers in the areas of nonprofit organizational management and public policy, with a unique approach that bridges theoretical knowledge with real-world experience.

Application​ deadlines

Fall: August 1; Spring: December 1; Summer: May 1

Program Details

Interest Categories: Criminology & Law Public Administration & Policy

Campus: CU Denver

As students prepare for their careers or advancement in their current positions, they gain insight into the interdependence between the nonprofit, public and for-profit sectors. Graduates are able to span the boundaries of these three sectors to assess community needs, navigate the realm of public policy, and strategically and effectively manage organizations that ultimately benefit society.

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Program requirements

  • The Graduate Nonprofit Management Certificate requires 12 credit hours of coursework.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of B- in each course.

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Required courses

Students must complete the course below, for a total of 3 credit hours.

  • PUAD 5110: Seminar in Nonprofit Management (3 credit hours)

Elective courses

Additionally, students must complete three elective courses from the list below for a total of 9 credits. Other electives may be taken with approval from the concentration director.

  • PUAD 5115: Effective Grant Writing for Nonprofit & Public Sector Managers (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5120: Nonprofits & Public Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5125: Civil Society & Nongovernmental Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5140: Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5150: Fundraising & Financial Resource Development (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5160: Nonprofit Boards & Executive Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5170: Strategic Management for Nonprofit & Public Managers (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5180: Social Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)

Recommended Completion Time:1 Year

Max Transfer Credits:0

Max Credits Per Year:In most cases, students wishing to take more than 18 credit hours per semester (12 in the summer session) must have the overload approved by the dean.

Required Credits for Completion:12 Credits

Admission Requirements

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