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Certificate in Nonprofit Finance

Sound knowledge of finance is an essential skill for senior managers in any nonprofit organization. Effective financial management strategies and compliance with increasing accountability legislation are imperative for any organization to carry out its mission and meet long-term goals. The certificate in nonprofit finance provides a comprehensive grounding in accounting and finance techniques and analysis, and the skills required for effective financial management in nonprofit organizations.


In this certificate program, you will learn how to interpret financial statements, analyze nonprofit operations and make program decisions, and acquire skill for efficient budgeting processes to support your mission activities. Upon completion of the certificate, you'll be able to develop, plan, and monitor organizational budgets and have an in-depth knowledge of cash flow, nonprofit accounting systems, and nonprofit financing strategies.

Delivery Method

Fully online

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

  • Completed application, essay, and current resume

  • Two completed recommendations

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended

  • No GMAT or GRE required if cumulative GPA is above 3.0. Also waived if applicant has a graduate degree from an accredited institution or completes their first 5 SBNM courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Transfer Policy

Up to 4 courses (8 sh) from an accredited graduate program. Also, up to 2 core courses may be waived if taken at the undergraduate level with a grade of "B" or higher.

Special Characteristics

  • An array of online graduate certificates is designed to provide managers and leaders with a pragmatic education that addresses the special concerns and problems of managing in a rapidly changing world. All coursework may be applied to any of North Park's five graduate management degrees, including the MBA.

  • Courses can also be taken at the main campus on the north side of Chicago.