Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

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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.

  • All four 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 two MPA core courses toward a certificate.

Course information

Two core courses provide students with foundational skills: 

  • Leading Nonprofit Organizations
  • Nonprofit Financial Management or Financial Management of Government and Nonprofit Organizations*

A choice of two electives rounds out the certificate: 

  • Marketing and Fundraising for Nonprofits
  • Grant Writing
  • Social and Public Innovations
  • Social Enterprise Models and Social Impact Locally and Globally
  • Program Evaluation and Data Analysis
  • Media Relations and Messaging in a New Media World
  • Public Communication
  • The Performance Imperative
  • Advanced Public Management
  • Leading People

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

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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

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326
felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu

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