Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

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

Students can complete the program partially or totally online. Two of the required courses are offered in the traditional, face-to-face modality each fall, so students can choose to take those sections or the online sections. The spring courses are only offered online. Upon applying to the program, students should indicate whether they would prefer the online program or the hybrid program (some traditional coursework, some online) by selecting the correct option in the Application Process. Please be aware that tuition varies between the traditional and online modalities.*


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, or online. The order in which these courses are taken for the certificate program is somewhat flexible-- discuss your goals with the Student Affairs Officer. 

  • PA 602: Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
    • Fall only
    • Online sections available
  • PA 642: Public and Nonprofit Organizational Theory and Behavior
    • Fall only
    • Online sections available
  • PA 661: Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
    • spring only
    • Online-only
  • Electives (choose one):
    • PA 662: Nonprofit Management
    • PA 663: Grant Planning and Management
    • PA 711: Internship in Public Administration*
    • PA 681: Capstone Project*


  • Students concurrently enrolled in one of our graduate programs may count either PA 681, PA 711, or both where applicable to the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
  • Students who are not concurrently enrolled in one of our graduate programs must take either PA 662 or PA 663 as their 4th class in the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Tuition and Fees

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

*Out-of-state students in the traditional sections will pay the out-of-state tuition rate. Out-of-state students in ONLY online sections will pay the in-state tuition rate. 

**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 on UK's Financial Aid website.

Application Deadlines

  • July 24: Deadline to apply to the Graduate School for the fall 2022 semester. 
  • December 6: Deadline to apply to the Graduate School for the spring 2023 semester. 


You will need your undergraduate GPA and transcript, a CV or resume, and a personal statement.

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