Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 
    Jul 17, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Community Development

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Students may earn the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Community Development (GCNMCD) after completing 15 graduate semester credit hours. The GCNMCD is designed to train future leaders in non-profit organizations and community development. The certificate program helps students pursue the goal of career advancement in nonprofit organizations. A bachelor’s degree is prerequisite. The program provides opportunities to learn:

  • The theoretical principles and practical applications of management for charities and nonprofit organizations
  • Leadership for nonprofit organizations, focusing on community development
  • Unique management tools for nonprofit organizations such as fundraising, marketing, accounting strategies, and strategic planning
  • Capacity building, sustainable strategy, and collaborative network.
  • Nonprofit entrepreneurship to deal with community developmental issues

Learning Outcomes

Certificate students will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of:

  • Theoretical principles and management applications in nonprofit organizations
  • Leadership and problem-solving techniques and skills in nonprofit management
  • Roles of nonprofit organizations in delivering public values in local communities


The GCNMCD is open to all prospective students who have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.5 or above. Any bachelor’s degree meets the requirements for admission. Prospective students must complete the Graduate School online application form and submit it along with official college transcripts prior to being accepted into the GCNMCD. All prospective students also should submit two letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose that includes reasons for seeking a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Community Development.

Program of Study

The GCNMCD requires the completion of 15 semester hours of graduate credit. The program is built on five tiers of course work:

Foundation course (3 hours):

All students must complete this core:


(Those students who have taken POLS 5215 - Management of Nonprofit Organizations  with a grade of C or higher at UWG can substitute POLS 5215  with other elective courses in the program.)


(In lieu of an internship, students can take an elective graduate course in any area of interest)

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