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Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Ideal for professionals who want to advance their skillset in nonprofit management.

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Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

The certificate in Nonprofit Management from AU's School of Public Affairs combines academic rigor and skill set training to enhance the performance of those currently working in the nonprofit sector. It also sets a solid foundation for master's degree students about to enter the field. This interdisciplinary certificate program encompasses course offerings from the School of Public Affairs, the Kogod School of Business, and the School of Communication, with opportunities for you to select courses from the School of International Service and the College of Arts and Sciences as well.

A graduate certificate from the School of Public Affairs is a symbol of professional achievement widely recognized by nonprofit agencies and international organizations, as well as government and corporate employers. Classes are offered every spring, summer, and fall. This certificate program requires 18 hours of approved graduate-level course work.

This certificate requires 18 credit hours of approved coursework with at least 9 credit hours at or above the 600-level. Students must take 12 credit hours in finance and accounting, management and leadership, and strategic communication, plus 6 more credits chosen in consultation with their advisor. In addition to taking courses within the School of Public Affairs, you may also pursue coursework in the Kogod School of Business, the School of Communication, the School of International Service and the College of Arts and Sciences.

If you choose to continue your studies toward a degree, you may transfer up to 12 credit hours as long as you indicate your plans before the 12-credit threshold in the certificate program. You also may apply up to 3 hours earned at an accredited college or university as transfer credit toward a certificate.

Students must complete the coursework with grades of C or better in each certificate course. Grades lower than C are not accepted toward the fulfillment of requirements, although they will be included in the GPA calculation. Overall, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in certificate courses in order to be awarded the certificate.

To continue your eligibility, you must take at least 6 credit hours during each 12-month period, and complete the certificate within four years. International students are required to enroll in 9 credit hours each semester, except for summer.

For more information, please contact the SPA Graduate Admissions Office at 202-885-6230 or spainfo@american.edu.

The School of Public Affairs operates on a rolling admissions basis for our graduate programs. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis until programs reach capacity.

This certificate is open to students with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. Admission to the program requires three years of work experience or admission to an American University graduate degree program. While previous academic or professional work in the nonprofit sector or a related field is not required, your personal statement about your background, career interests, and reasons for pursuing study in the program will be essential, along with the other required application materials.

Except for the certificate in Public Policy Analysis, our graduate certificates do not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

For more information, please contact the SPA Graduate Admissions Office at 202-885-6230 or spainfo@american.edu.