Nonprofit Administration

Nonprofit Administration Online Program Announcements


The University of Montana's Department of Public Administration and Policy's Nonprofit Administration Online Program offers students education and specific training in the field of nonprofit administration. These courses are offered entirely online and are designed for interested students as well as busy professionals working in the nonprofit sector. Practicing administrators and others interested in building skills relating to nonprofit administration are encouraged to register.

The Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Administration is a 16-credit, fully online professional certificate program offered at the undergraduate or graduate level. The mission of the program is to build leadership capacity and professional skills for students to lead, manage and support nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Students who do not wish to pursue the Professional Certificate may take the courses individually. 

Interested in obtaining a graduate degree? Unique to the University of Montana's MPA Public Administration program is the opportunity to concentrate specifically in nonprofit administration. Coursework completed in the nonprofit certificate can be applied to the full Master's degree. 

The Nonprofit Administration Online Program is coordinated by UMOnline and the Department of Public Administration and Policy in partnership with the  Montana Nonprofit Association.

Assistance and Information

To receive more information on the program, the certificate, or for academic advising, please contact  Dr. Sara Rinfret, Alexander Blewett School of Law 146. (406) 243-4702.

For admission and registration questions, please contact Ben Hamman, Alexander Blewett School of Law, (406) 243-5351. 


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Professional Certificate

The Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Administration is a 16-credit, fully online professional certificate program offered at the undergraduate or graduate level. The mission of the program is to build leadership capacity and professional skills for students to lead, manage and support nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

In the last 10 years, the U.S. nonprofit sector has grown by 20% in contrast to a growth rate of 2 to 3% in the for-profit sector (U.S. Department of Labor). Employment needs have increased, the need for a talented pipeline of professionals is high. In Montana, the nonprofit sector employs 11.4% of the workforce. The nonprofit sector in Montana is the second largest employment industry in the state behind retail trade (MT Nonprofit Sector Report).

UM's Department of Public Administration and Policy partners with the Montana Non-profit Association to reach the need for professional development of nonprofit employees. 

To further its mission, the program's objectives include the following:

  • Create a foundation of knowledge about the sector to inform skill development.
  • Teach students unique aspects of working in and managing nonprofit organizations.
  • Emphasize specific professional competencies for excellence in the field.
  • Recognize the value and contribution of the nonprofit sector in society and the economy.
  • Provide university graduate level professional preparation and connects to the MPA nonprofit administration track.

The program's primary function is to prepare nonprofit leaders with the professional skills and competencies to elevate the sector resulting in stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities locally, nationally and globally.

Through a set of core courses and an internship, students combine theoretical learning about nonprofit practices such as grant writing, strategic planning, fundraising and human resource management with hands-on experience at a nonprofit organization. Students must complete at least 12 credits from among a series of 2-credit online courses in addition to completing a 4-credit internship course. A grade of C or above must be achieved in order to receive credit toward the Professional Certificate. Credit cannot be granted retroactively for courses that were previously completed on a non-credit basis.

Certification Process

The program certification process is simple and designed to be self-directed. Students are required to submit a copy of their UM Transcript (unofficial is fine) to the Department of Public Administration and Policy by way of email attachment, sara.rinfret@umontana.edu. This verifies you have completed your internship and required coursework. UM Transcripts are accessible via Cyberbear. Please ensure that all completed courses appear on the transcript prior to submission. In your email to Dr. Rinfret, indicate your mailing address to send your certificate of completion. Dr. Rinfret will send a final assessment to evaluate your experience, which is required of all students in the program. 

Assistance and Information

To receive more information on the program, the certificate, AmeriCorps Education Award use, or for academic advising, please contact Dr. Sara Rinfret at (406) 243-4702. Dr. Rinfret is located in the School of Law, 146.

For admission and registration questions, please contact Ben Hamman, Alexander Blewett School of Law, (406) 243-5351.

 

We now offer a micro-credential for nonprofit professionals to advance their skills through leadership and development coursework. This fully online micro-credential is a partnership between the Baucus Institute's Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Montana and the Montana Nonprofit Association.

Please register through the registration tab of this site.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Course descriptions and sample syllabi are listed below.

Each course will involve approximately 5 hours of work each week: 2.5 hours of online contact and 2.5 hours of study/homework. The one exception to this is Grant Writing, which, due to its intricacies, may require up to ten hours a week. Students may work on the courses at whatever times best fits their schedule. We never require students to be logged in at any particular time.

These syllabi provide an overview of the course content, but are subject to change prior to the course start dates. The official course syllabus will be placed in Moodle (the course delivery system) prior to the beginning of the course. Required textbooks are noted on the course syllabus and may be purchased online (i.e. Amazon, etc.). Students should purchase textbooks before the first class meeting.

Students who are new to or relatively unfamiliar with the nonprofit sector are still welcome in these courses. A great resource for becoming familiar with nonprofit organizations can be found online at Basic Overview of Nonprofit Organizations. Students may also refer back to this page and its links if they find themselves on unfamiliar ground in any of the courses. 

The material taught and used in these courses largely concerns 501(c)3, or "charitable" nonprofit organizations. In many cases, however, knowledge gained can be adapted for use in other types of nonprofits. 

Human Resource Management (NPAD 501)

Students learn about human resource management and apply that understanding to work-life situations. The course also provides an overview of the numerous federal laws, executive orders, and court decisions that shaped the field of human resource management.
Human Resource Management Sample Syllabus

Program Planning and Evaluation (NPAD 503)

Students learn how to create program plans based on organizational culture, values, goals and objectives, and how to design an evaluation plan that will show grantors and other supporters program impacts.
Program Planning and Evaluation Sample Syllabus (revised July 2017).

Advocacy and Public Policy (NPAD 505)

Students learn how policy influences nonprofits and how nonprofits impact policy. Students learn advocacy strategies and techniques and examine how laws shape nonprofit involvement in that process. 
Advocacy and Public Policy Sample Syllabus.

Board Management (NPAD 506)

This course explores the components inherent in creating and maintaining a governing body that promotes a healthy and successful nonprofit organization.
Board Management Sample Syllabus.

Strategic Planning (NPAD 510)

Students learn strategic planning theory and implementation. They learn a process by which leaders, stakeholders and staff members can bring their shared vision of success into being.
Strategic Planning Sample Syllabus (August 2019).

Grant Writing (NPAD 511)

This course teaches students how and where to look for foundation and government funding sources, and the fundamentals of writing effective grant proposals. 

Fundraising (NPAD 512)

Students explore the fundamentals of fundraising, including major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving, grants and special events and learn specific techniques and strategies for effective fundraising. 
Fundraising Sample Syllabus

Financial Management (NPAD 513)

Students learn the basics of financial management for nonprofits and explore special issues related to nonprofit finances including budgeting, reporting, tax issues and accounting.
Financial Management Sample Syllabus.

Marketing and Social Media (NPAD 560)

This course provides students with an overview of basic marketing principles and social media strategies. Students will learn steps to create a marketing plan to further the mission of a nonprofit organization. 

Four-Credit Internship (NPAD 498)

The Department of Public Administration and Policy has premiere public and nonprofit sector experts teaching our courses. Visit our website for more information about our faculty.

About the Program

Nonprofit Administration Online Program Announcements


The University of Montana's Department of Public Administration and Policy's Nonprofit Administration Online Program offers students education and specific training in the field of nonprofit administration. These courses are offered entirely online and are designed for interested students as well as busy professionals working in the nonprofit sector. Practicing administrators and others interested in building skills relating to nonprofit administration are encouraged to register.

The Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Administration is a 16-credit, fully online professional certificate program offered at the undergraduate or graduate level. The mission of the program is to build leadership capacity and professional skills for students to lead, manage and support nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Students who do not wish to pursue the Professional Certificate may take the courses individually. 

Interested in obtaining a graduate degree? Unique to the University of Montana's MPA Public Administration program is the opportunity to concentrate specifically in nonprofit administration. Coursework completed in the nonprofit certificate can be applied to the full Master's degree. 

The Nonprofit Administration Online Program is coordinated by UMOnline and the Department of Public Administration and Policy in partnership with the  Montana Nonprofit Association.

Assistance and Information

To receive more information on the program, the certificate, or for academic advising, please contact  Dr. Sara Rinfret, Alexander Blewett School of Law 146. (406) 243-4702.

For admission and registration questions, please contact Ben Hamman, Alexander Blewett School of Law, (406) 243-5351. 


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Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
 
 

Professional Certificate

The Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Administration is a 16-credit, fully online professional certificate program offered at the undergraduate or graduate level. The mission of the program is to build leadership capacity and professional skills for students to lead, manage and support nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

In the last 10 years, the U.S. nonprofit sector has grown by 20% in contrast to a growth rate of 2 to 3% in the for-profit sector (U.S. Department of Labor). Employment needs have increased, the need for a talented pipeline of professionals is high. In Montana, the nonprofit sector employs 11.4% of the workforce. The nonprofit sector in Montana is the second largest employment industry in the state behind retail trade (MT Nonprofit Sector Report).

UM's Department of Public Administration and Policy partners with the Montana Non-profit Association to reach the need for professional development of nonprofit employees. 

To further its mission, the program's objectives include the following:

  • Create a foundation of knowledge about the sector to inform skill development.
  • Teach students unique aspects of working in and managing nonprofit organizations.
  • Emphasize specific professional competencies for excellence in the field.
  • Recognize the value and contribution of the nonprofit sector in society and the economy.
  • Provide university graduate level professional preparation and connects to the MPA nonprofit administration track.

The program's primary function is to prepare nonprofit leaders with the professional skills and competencies to elevate the sector resulting in stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities locally, nationally and globally.

Through a set of core courses and an internship, students combine theoretical learning about nonprofit practices such as grant writing, strategic planning, fundraising and human resource management with hands-on experience at a nonprofit organization. Students must complete at least 12 credits from among a series of 2-credit online courses in addition to completing a 4-credit internship course. A grade of C or above must be achieved in order to receive credit toward the Professional Certificate. Credit cannot be granted retroactively for courses that were previously completed on a non-credit basis.

Certification Process

The program certification process is simple and designed to be self-directed. Students are required to submit a copy of their UM Transcript (unofficial is fine) to the Department of Public Administration and Policy by way of email attachment, sara.rinfret@umontana.edu. This verifies you have completed your internship and required coursework. UM Transcripts are accessible via Cyberbear. Please ensure that all completed courses appear on the transcript prior to submission. In your email to Dr. Rinfret, indicate your mailing address to send your certificate of completion. Dr. Rinfret will send a final assessment to evaluate your experience, which is required of all students in the program. 

Assistance and Information

To receive more information on the program, the certificate, AmeriCorps Education Award use, or for academic advising, please contact Dr. Sara Rinfret at (406) 243-4702. Dr. Rinfret is located in the School of Law, 146.

For admission and registration questions, please contact Ben Hamman, Alexander Blewett School of Law, (406) 243-5351.

 

We now offer a micro-credential for nonprofit professionals to advance their skills through leadership and development coursework. This fully online micro-credential is a partnership between the Baucus Institute's Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Montana and the Montana Nonprofit Association.

Please register through the registration tab of this site.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Course descriptions and sample syllabi are listed below.

Each course will involve approximately 5 hours of work each week: 2.5 hours of online contact and 2.5 hours of study/homework. The one exception to this is Grant Writing, which, due to its intricacies, may require up to ten hours a week. Students may work on the courses at whatever times best fits their schedule. We never require students to be logged in at any particular time.

These syllabi provide an overview of the course content, but are subject to change prior to the course start dates. The official course syllabus will be placed in Moodle (the course delivery system) prior to the beginning of the course. Required textbooks are noted on the course syllabus and may be purchased online (i.e. Amazon, etc.). Students should purchase textbooks before the first class meeting.

Students who are new to or relatively unfamiliar with the nonprofit sector are still welcome in these courses. A great resource for becoming familiar with nonprofit organizations can be found online at Basic Overview of Nonprofit Organizations. Students may also refer back to this page and its links if they find themselves on unfamiliar ground in any of the courses. 

The material taught and used in these courses largely concerns 501(c)3, or "charitable" nonprofit organizations. In many cases, however, knowledge gained can be adapted for use in other types of nonprofits. 

Human Resource Management (NPAD 501)

Students learn about human resource management and apply that understanding to work-life situations. The course also provides an overview of the numerous federal laws, executive orders, and court decisions that shaped the field of human resource management.
Human Resource Management Sample Syllabus

Program Planning and Evaluation (NPAD 503)

Students learn how to create program plans based on organizational culture, values, goals and objectives, and how to design an evaluation plan that will show grantors and other supporters program impacts.
Program Planning and Evaluation Sample Syllabus (revised July 2017).

Advocacy and Public Policy (NPAD 505)

Students learn how policy influences nonprofits and how nonprofits impact policy. Students learn advocacy strategies and techniques and examine how laws shape nonprofit involvement in that process. 
Advocacy and Public Policy Sample Syllabus.

Board Management (NPAD 506)

This course explores the components inherent in creating and maintaining a governing body that promotes a healthy and successful nonprofit organization.
Board Management Sample Syllabus.

Strategic Planning (NPAD 510)

Students learn strategic planning theory and implementation. They learn a process by which leaders, stakeholders and staff members can bring their shared vision of success into being.
Strategic Planning Sample Syllabus (August 2019).

Grant Writing (NPAD 511)

This course teaches students how and where to look for foundation and government funding sources, and the fundamentals of writing effective grant proposals. 

Fundraising (NPAD 512)

Students explore the fundamentals of fundraising, including major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving, grants and special events and learn specific techniques and strategies for effective fundraising. 
Fundraising Sample Syllabus

Financial Management (NPAD 513)

Students learn the basics of financial management for nonprofits and explore special issues related to nonprofit finances including budgeting, reporting, tax issues and accounting.
Financial Management Sample Syllabus.

Marketing and Social Media (NPAD 560)

This course provides students with an overview of basic marketing principles and social media strategies. Students will learn steps to create a marketing plan to further the mission of a nonprofit organization. 

Four-Credit Internship (NPAD 498)

The Department of Public Administration and Policy has premiere public and nonprofit sector experts teaching our courses. Visit our website for more information about our faculty.