Faculty and Staff working remotely due to COVID-19

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Martin School faculty and staff are working partly remotely for the fall 2020 semester. Please email us with general questions. Click here to find faculty and staff contact information. Click here for details on UK's plan for Fall 2020

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management (Online or Hybrid)

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.

Starting fall 2020, 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 clarify whether they would prefer the online program or the hybrid program (some traditional coursework, some online). 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 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.

*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 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.