Feb 17, 2019  
2015-16 Catalog 
2015-16 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNPM)

Jane Picknell, Coordinator

The certificate program equips students with the management skills necessary to obtain entry-level 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 26 credits, consisting of five required core courses, a 4-credit internship and 4 credits in approved elective courses. 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.

Course Requirements for Undergraduate and Post Baccalaureate Students

Core Courses (22 credits)

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students pursuing the certificate should take upper division courses. Graduate students should take courses numbered at the 500-level.

Internship - Also Known as Practicum

Students must complete 120 internship hours. Internship hours are addressed through a combination of coursework, practicum, documented service work in a nonprofit agency, and the School of Business internship program. Internships require the approval of the CNPM coordinator who can help students with internship planning, preparation, and placement.

Human Service Majors: Students completing the Human Service Program and pursuing the CNPM may substitute the Practicum (PSY 409B, 9 credits) required for HS majors for the BA 409 requirement. These students who are working on their PSY 409B must work directly with the PSY 409B instructor in fulfilling the practicum requirements, as well as coordinate with the CNPM coordinator to ensure that the CNPM program learning objectives are met by their practicum work.