Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

SPIA, with the cooperation of the Institute for Nonprofits, offers the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. This 15-credit program, which carries graduate credit, is targeted to individuals working in or planning careers in the nonprofit sector. The program is built around regularly offered graduate courses and provides the basic knowledge, skills, processes, analysis and advocacy needed to manage nonprofit organizations. 


Certificate Requirements

Admission Requirements

At least a 3.0 (4.0 point scale) in last two years of undergraduate study or currently  enrolled in a NC State University graduate degree program.

Substantial Experience: Requirement is met by one of the following:

  • Employment with a nonprofit
  • Serving on a nonprofit board or chairing a nonprofit’s standing committee
  • Completing the Duke Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management
  • Internship or independent study with a nonprofit (at least 1 one credit hour)
  • Completing a class with a field component, e.g., PA 546

Core Courses (9-12 hours)

  • PA 536 Management of Nonprofit Organizations
  • PA 538 Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management
  • PA 539 Fund Development
  • PA 531 Human Resource Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Elective courses (3-6 hours)

  • PA 510 Ethics and Professional Practices
  • PA 514 Management Systems
  • PA 532 Contract Negotiation and Mediation in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PA 535 Problem Solving for Public and Nonprofit Managers
  • PA 542 Public Information Technology
  • PA 546 Seminar in Program Evaluation
  • PA 598 Special Topics in Public Administration
  • PA 640 Grant Writing (1 credit)
  • COM 546 Nonprofit Marketing and Public Relations
  • HI History of Nonprofit Organizations