Nonprofit Management

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management is a concentrated program offering a foundation in leadership, finance, governmental relations, communications, marketing, and the critical role of fundraising in nonprofit organizations. This online program helps to prepare you to manage a nonprofit organization in today’s economic and regulatory environment, in either the private or public sector. This online certificate is intended for graduate students who want to expand their knowledge of nonprofit management without committing to a degree program. 

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online graduate certificate is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Nonprofit law, governance, infrastructure, and ethics
  • Nonprofit organization and executive leadership challenges
  • Financial management, financial reporting, and budgeting
  • Fundraising, including planning and best practices
  • Communications and marketing
  • Legislative structures, decision making, and behavior

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Know the role nonprofit organizations play in strengthening democratic and capitalistic societies.
  • Understand the legal and moral responsibilities of executive and governance positions within nonprofit corporations.
  • Appreciate the implications of tax-exempt status and its relationship to public service obligations under the law.
  • Analyze the financing of nonprofit enterprise and obtain an appropriate mix of funding from the variety of funding streams available to nonprofit corporations.
  • Achieve proficiency in designing and implementing a fundraising plan for a charitable nonprofit to augment other funding.
  • Analyze the structure of the nonprofit enterprise to maximize the work of the organization through paid and volunteer staff and board members.
  • Advocate for a nonprofit organization's mission including for changes in public policy to further the nonprofit's mission.
  • Manage the human resources needed to staff charitable organizations.
  • Craft policies for the governance and operation of nonprofit corporations.
  • Analyze the performance of the governing body of the organization and attend to recruiting practices to build future capacity to fulfill the charitable mission.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.  

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.