The Graduate School

Nonprofit Management (Graduate Certificate)

12 credit hours

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The graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management is designed to provide skills to support graduate student and professionals in leading, directing and managing organizations in the nonprofit sector. The certificate benefits students seeking careers in the nonprofit sector, professionals currently working in the nonprofit sector, and government employees transitioning to the nonprofit sector.   

Gain Skills to Lead a Nonprofit

Starting fall 2020, the certificate is offered 100% online, or as a hybrid program - with fall courses being available both traditionally (face-to-face) and online. Spring courses are only offered online. 

Application Requirements

  • CV or resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation

Application Deadlines can be found on the Graduate School's website here. Applicants should have successfully completed college algebra.


Students are required to complete 12 credit hours, including three core courses and one elective. The order these courses are taken is flexible. Discuss your goals with our Student Affairs Officer.

  • PA 602: Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (traditional and online)
  • PA 642: Public and Nonprofit Organizational Theory and Behavior (traditional and online)
  • PA 661: Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (online only)
  • Electives (choose one):
         PA 795: Special Topics in Public Administration (Grant Writing)
         PA 711: Internship in Public Administration
         PA 681: Capstone Project
         PA 662: Nonprofit Management (online only)

Federal Financial Aid and Certificate Programs 

Please note that federal financial aid is not available for certificate programs, but other financial resources may be available on the Financial Aid page. Tuition and fees vary between traditional, on-campus courses and online courses. Please visit the Registrar's Office page for details. 

Application Deadlines

Fall: July 22

Spring: December 9

Applicants must meet the Graduate School admission requirements.


Rhonda Trautman

Director of Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management


Rebecca Meeks

Student Affairs Officer

The Graduate School

415 Patterson Office Tower

Lexington, KY 40506-0027

Phone: 859.​257.5594