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Certificate in Nonprofit Governance

More than ever, nonprofits face an array of complex challenges in their efforts to provide services and education to the public. Regardless of size or program focus, organizations must pay close attention to issues of governance, financial reporting, and compliance. The certificate in nonprofit governance provides a comprehensive understanding of organizational areas that are most affected by governance issues, and how to proactively address them while staying true to your organization's mission.


In the certificate program, you will study board development and management, regulatory and compliance issues, and budgeting and finance. The certificate coursework will give you the skills you need to develop strategies for increasing the size and effectiveness of your volunteer corps, as well as to examine the impact of legal issues on your organization, including compliance requirements, liability, and tax-exempt status. You'll gain valuable experience developing accountability structures, including planning and monitoring organizational budgets and assembling an active board.

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.