Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management is designed to provide skills to support graduate students and professionals in leading, directing, and managing organizations in the nonprofit sector. The certificate benefits students seeking careers in the nonprofit sector, professionals currently working in the nonprofit sector, and government employees transitioning to the nonprofit sector. This certificate can be obtained as a stand-alone degree, but can also be integrated with our other degree offerings. Contact the Student Affairs Officer to further discuss this option.


Students are required to complete 12 credit hours, which includes three core courses and one elective. These courses follow the standard academic calendar and are also taken by MPA students. Often, classes are offered in the afternoons and evenings on campus. The order in which these courses are taken for the certificate program is somewhat flexible-- discuss your goals with the Student Affairs Officer. To graduate, students will also submit a final project to the Director of the program that demonstrates core competencies.

  • PA 602: Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PA 661: Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
  • PA 642: Public and Nonprofit Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • Electives: PA 795: Special Topics in Public Administration (such as grant-writing), PA 711: Internship in Public Administration, PA 681: Capstone Project, or PA 662: Nonprofit Management.

Tuition and Fees

Current mandatory fees and per hour tuition rates can found on the Registrar's website.

**Undergraduate, graduate or professional students enrolled in a certificate program are NOT eligible for federal Title IV financial aid funds unless they are concurrently enrolled in a degree program at the University of Kentucky.** More information can be found here.

Interested? You may complete an online application here. You will need your undergraduate GPA and transcript, a CV, a personal statement, and a letter of recommendation.