Certificate in Nonprofit Administration (Online)


The Certificate in Nonprofit Administration is designed for students wishing to develop professional competencies relating to nonprofit management. 


To earn a certificate the student must complete a minimum of 16 credits as follows:

Online Courses

12 credits from among the following online courses:

  • NPAD 401 Nonprofit Human Resource Management – 2 credits
  • NPAD 402 Nonprofit Volunteer Management – 2 credits
  • NPAD 403 Nonprofit Program Planning and Evaluation – 2 credits
  • NPAD 405 Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy – 2 credits
  • NPAD 406 Nonprofit Board Management – 2 credits
  • NPAD 410 Nonprofit Strategic Planning – 2 credits
  • NPAD 411 Nonprofit Grant Writing – 2 credits
  • NPAD 412 Nonprofit Fundraising – 2 credits
  • NPAD 413 Nonprofit Financial Management – 2 credits
  • NPAD 460 Nonprofit Marketing and Social media - 2 credits


4 credits of NPAD 498 Internship.

The internship component includes at least 350 hours of volunteer or paid hours working directly with a nonprofit organization. If the student works at a nonprofit organization, professional work that is aligned with the program focus will qualify as internship credit. Students will complete various reflection activities, including a formal, 10-page paper documenting their learning throughout the internship experience. For questions about the internship, contact Academic Enrichment - Civic Engagement

All courses taken in pursuit of the certificate must be taken for graded credit, and a grade of C or above must be achieved in order to receive credit for any course.

This program is offered on a self-supporting basis. To learn about fee schedules and how to register, visit UMOnline.