This graduate certificate provides a comprehensive overview of nonprofit management through an in-depth study of both theory and practice, preparing students to excel in the nonprofit sector.
Duration of Program
Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
Nonprofits today simply require a higher level of management expertise, and nonprofit managers are required to manage people and programs more efficiently and effectively. The online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management focuses on developing a range of skills in organizational management, financial management, fundraising, grant and report writing, human resources management, and governance. The program integrates theoretical approaches with practical applications.
Working and collaborating via the internet, students participate in case studies, individual and group projects, and class discussions. The program is designed for individuals who already work in the nonprofit sector as executive directors, managers, program staff, board members, or volunteers. The online format makes it easier for these working professionals to balance coursework with their other commitments, and offers a level of interaction that more than equals the educational experience delivered in a traditional classroom.
Online program design allows for flexibility and balance for working professionals
Courses from this certificate can be applied to Northeastern's MS in Organizational Leadership and MS in Nonprofit Management
Designed to help students develop and enhance practical and relevant management skills such as grant and report writing
Program designed for an interactive online student experience through group projects and discussions
Hiring in nonprofit organizations is on the upswing. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nonprofit sector ranks third in the U.S. in overall employment, with more than 12.3m employees.
The fastest-growing jobs are in:
A sample of where our recent graduates are working:
Boston Children’s Museum
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Horizons for Homeless Children
Marymount Manhattan College Prison Program
"The Nonprofit Management program introduces our students to the multiple career opportunities offered by purpose-driven nonprofit organizations. We live in an exciting historical moment in which initiatives from the public administration, the industry, and the nonprofit sector are pivoting the next generation of social change. Our network of faculty, staff, students, and partners aims to nurture the necessary skills to lead this process."
Monica Borgida, Program Director
"Northeastern is a school that prides itself on its students and alumni. The Northeastern reputation is taken very serious."
Raymond Heath, Alumnus, MS Nonprofit Management '20
"I would 100% recommend this program. We work directly with nonprofit organizations, helping them to build marketing plans or working with their boards. The faculty are also amazing and experienced. The classes are very in-depth whether online or in person. I met so many intelligent people, and a lot of them were already working in the field which was great to learn from."
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
English language proficiency proof: Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.
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Below is a look at where our Management alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.