Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Students interested in supplementing their education and experience may choose to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. This program can be completed entirely online and provides specialized knowledge of resource development, strategic planning, program evaluation and volunteerism. The certificate supports those who currently work in, or are looking for advancement in, the nonprofit sector or in organizations that partner with the nonprofit sector.

Program Highlights
• 18 credit hours
• Can be completed online

Program Director
Mary Ann Feldheim
Associate Professor

The graduate certificate in nonprofit management curriculum consists of 18 credit hours, including 15 credit hours of core courses and three credit hours of electives. The core courses are listed below. For more information, please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.

PAD 5145: Volunteerism in Nonprofit Management

This course covers volunteer development in nonprofit organizations, including board selection, development and leadership, volunteer recruitment, training, retention and theories of motivation, leadership and ethical issues.
Offered in fall and spring
Taught by Associate Professor Mary Ann Feldheim

PAD 5146: Nonprofit Resource Development

This course examines the human resource development and financial resource development in nonprofit organizations including management issues.
Offered in fall and spring
Taught by Assistant Professor Suzette Myser

PAD 6142: Nonprofit Organizations

The synthesis of best practices and research literature in nonprofit management.
Offered in fall and spring
Taught by Associate Lecturer Stephanie Krick and Assistant Professor Hui Li

PAD 6327: Public Program Evaluation Techniques

This courses covers the techniques and skills utilized in the evaluation of public programs.
Offered in fall and spring
Taught by Assistant Professor Hui Li and Associate Professor Xi Huang

PAD 6335: Strategic Planning and Management

An examination and analysis of planning, goal setting and strategic management in public sector organizations.
Offered in fall and spring
Taught by Lecturer Gregg Buckingham

Admissions and Advising
Prospective students seeking enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management should submit the following for consideration:

  • An official, sealed transcript of each college or university attended, showing a GPA of 2.5 or better
  • A current resume
  • A goal statement, no longer than two pages, addressing the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing this certificate and how does it fit into your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of nonprofit management interest you?
    • What previous work experience do you have in the field?

The deadline to apply for fall admission is June 15 while the deadline to apply for spring admission is Dec. 1. For more information on admissions, please contact our graduate advisor, Nasrin Lakhani.