Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management (Online)

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. Please note - applicants should have successfully completed at least college-level algebra. 


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 and traditional sections)
  • PA 642: Public and Nonprofit Organizational Theory and Behavior (fall only - online and traditional sections)
  • PA 661: Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (spring - online section)
  • Electives (choose one):
    • PA 662: Nonprofit Management
    • PA 795: Special Topics in Public Administration (Grant Writing) 
    • PA 711: Internship in Public Administration
    • PA 681: Capstone Project

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 or resume, a personal statement, and a letter of recommendation.