Minor in Nonprofit Management

School of Public Affairs


Degree: Minor

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

A minor in Nonprofit Management is expected to be popular with students from fields in which nonprofit organizations play a significant role, such as psychology, public health, environmental studies and ethnic studies.

Application​ deadlines

Fall: July 31; Spring: December 31; Summer: May 31

Program Details

Interest Categories: Criminology & Law Public Administration & Policy

Campus: CU Denver

Through this minor, a student can focus on the fundamentals of nonprofit management and also has the option to participate in extracurricular activities leading to the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) designation through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Contact cnp@ucdenver.edu for more information about earning the Certified Nonprofit Professional designation as part of the Nonprofit Management minor.

Program Requirements

  • A minor in Nonprofit Management requires 15 credit hours of course work.
  • A maximum of 6 transfer credits may be applied to the minor.
  • Students must receive a minimum of a C grade in each course applied to satisfy the minor.

Please note that the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) designation also requires completion of an internship and other extracurricular activities, along with the coursework listed below. 

Required Courses:

Students must complete the two required courses below, totaling 6 credit hours. All course descriptions can be found in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

  • PUAD 3110 - Seminar in Nonprofit Management (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4140 - Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses:

In addition to the required courses listed above, students must complete 9 credit hours of elective courses from the list below.

  • PUAD 3005 - Collaboration Across Sectors (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4020 - Social Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4600 - Special Topics in Public Service: Study Abroad in East Africa (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4628 - Social Problems and Policies in the Urban Environment (3 credit hours)

Required Extracurricular Activities:

In addition to the required and elective courses listed above, students who wish to earn the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential are required to attend a conference of the Alliance Management Institute. Through CU Denver School of Public Affairs' partnerships with foundations, students may apply for funding to mitigate the costs of attending the conference.

Contact spa.advising@ucdenver.edu for additional requirements for certificate completion.

Recommended Completion Time:1 Year

Max Transfer Credits:6

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:15 Credits

Admission Requirements

View the admissions requirements for the School of Public Affairs.