Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

The Nonprofit Administration Certificate offers current and aspiring nonprofit leaders a practical education to running a successful organization. The graduate level certificate can be completed in one year of part-time study as a stand-alone program, or can be combined with another graduate program, including the MPA.

The certificate has a broad-based curriculum and covers the fundamental competencies of nonprofit management. Upon completing the certificate, students will be prepared to work in a wide range of nonprofits ranging from the arts to social service agencies to educational organizations.

The two core courses provide students with foundational skills:

A choice of two electives rounds out the certificate:

*Full-time MPA students may take GAFL 783

  • All 4 course units must be taken at Fels
  • Students with five or more years of professional experience or previous graduate coursework that duplicates the content of a core requirement may request a waiver of that requirement.  If the waiver is granted, the student replaces it with a Fels elective within the Certificate.
  • MPA students may only count a course to one Certificate degree.
  • MPA students may only count a maximum of 2 MPA core courses toward a Certificate.

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Disclosure Information Required by the U.S. Department of Education for Gainful Employment Programs

United States Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Code (SOC)

11-1021 General and Operations Managers
11-2013 Public Relations and Fundraising  Managers
11-9030 Education Administrators
11-9151 Social and Community Service Managers
13-1131 Fundraisers
13-1121 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
21-1012 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
21-1020 Social Workers

Program Costs
Tuition is charged on a per course basis. Rates and fees are viewable on the following url:
http://www.fels.upenn.edu/tuition-and-fees

Completion Rate
Stand-alone certificate students complete their four-course unit of study at varied timelines, ranging from 2 to 5 semesters. Five students graduated
from the Nonprofit Administration stand-alone certificate program in the
2011-12 academic year. All of these graduates completed the program in 5 or fewer semesters.

Job Placement Rate
At the time of this report (January 2013), four 2011-12 stand-alone certificate
graduates hold full-time positions in the field and one is serving in a volunteer role.

Median Loan Debt Incurred
The Fels Institute of Government will report median loan debt for the 2011-12
stand-alone certificate graduates as soon as it is available.