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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 program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

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

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An AMU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

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 AMU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or

Master's Degree/Graduate Certificate Tuition 

Per credit hour: $370 | $250 with military grant*

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*To minimize out-of-pocket costs, active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour. In addition, a master's-level book grant provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for master's-level courses to active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

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

AMU 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.