Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

The Nonprofit Administration Certificate offers current and aspiring nonprofit leaders a practical education to have an even greater impact on their organizations and communities. The certificate has an interdisciplinary curriculum covering the fundamental competencies of nonprofit management such as organizational leadership, financial management, marketing, and fundraising. The four course, graduate certificate can be completed in one year on your schedule or can be combined with another graduate program.

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Course Structure

Two core courses provide students with foundational skills: 

A choice of two electives rounds out the certificate: 

*This course is part of the Executive MPA core curriculum. Full-time MPA students may count GAFL 651.

  • 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.

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 in the Tuition, Fees, Health Insurance, & Living Costs section here.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Please see our Certificates Application Requirements and Deadlines page for more information.

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829