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Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Today's nonprofit managers must balance myriad demands and responsibilities: they are fundraisers and financial officers, planners and problem-solvers, and human resource experts who lead boards, staff, and clients. The certificate in nonprofit management provides comprehensive preparation in the major functional areas of nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on helping leaders maintain a central focus on their organization's mission.


Upon completion of the certificate, you will understand how the components of your organization fit together, including boards, structure, mission, and staff. You'll develop and broaden your knowledge of the fundraising, finance, and marketing functions within the nonprofit sector, with careful consideration of resource development, budgeting, ethics, and legal issues. You'll also learn how to develop a strategic plan for your organization that will advance its mission.

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.