Jane Picknell, Coordinator
The certificate program equips students with the management skills necessary to obtain management positions within nonprofit organizations. The certificate program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students. To be awarded this certificate, students must meet CNPM program requirements and requirements for a BA or BS degree at SOU (or the transfer equivalent).
The certificate program is cross-disciplinary, taking advantage of the education students have received through a variety of majors, including the arts, business, English, environmental studies, psychology, political science, sociology, music, and theatre, to name a few. Graduates of the certificate program gain the knowledge and experience required to become proficient in nonprofit management. Management disciplines emphasized include the following: financial management, organizational and board leadership, marketing, fundraising, public relations, human resource management, and program planning.
The program requires the completion of 28 credits, consisting of four required core courses and three courses from the list of electives. As an interdisciplinary program, the certificate may utilize coursework that students complete as part of University Studies or coursework required by their major or degree program. All courses taken for the certificate must be completed with a grade of C- or better and a minimum 2.5 GPA. The Certificate in Nonprofit Management program is open to all majors.
Students will be required to interact with a nonprofit organization in several classes. Selecting one nonprofit to use for class projects is recommended, but not required; students can gain in-depth knowledge of nonprofit theory and practice in one organization.