The program mission is to empower community leaders with the knowledge, theory, research and real-world applications needed to creatively solve public issues and shape public policy. The program equips current and future executives, boards, staff and volunteers to lead, govern and manage nonprofit organizations collaboratively, thoughtfully and ethically.
In the graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management program, students gain knowledge and skills in nonprofit governance, management, fundraising, and program development and evaluation that they will need to become leaders and change agents in this rapidly growing sector. The school welcomes degree applicants from any undergraduate major, as entry- and top-level employees in nonprofit organizations have a wide range of backgrounds, including the sciences and humanities, social sciences, and technology. Courses are scheduled in the evening and on weekends with the working professional in mind.
Student learning outcomes
- To understand the nonprofit sector’s relationship to the for-profit and government sectors
- To know how to build a fundraising and donor communication plan model
- To understand how to budget and evaluate the financial management practices of nonprofit organizations
- To have the skills to analyze and implement laws impacting nonprofit organizations and their governance
VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs
The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.
It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.
Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on academic regulations for graduate students.
Degree candidacy requirements
A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.
Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on degree candidacy requirements.
As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.
Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on graduation requirements.
Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.
|Degree:||Semester(s) of entry:||Deadline dates:||Test requirements:|
|Certificate||Fall||Apr 1 (Mar 1 for financial aid)||None|
- Students who achieve a minimum GPA of 3.6 in certificate course work in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs are eligible to apply to the Master of Public Administration program, provided they do so before the completion of the certificate. The student must still formally apply and be admitted to the M.P.A. program. A 3.6 GPA in certificate work does not guarantee admission to the M.P.A. program.
In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, admission to the certificate program requires the same procedure used in applying to the M.P.A., except that a standardized examination is not required.
In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, the certificate requires a total of 15 graduate credit hours, comprising four courses in the graduate public administration program and one elective. The elective may be from the public administration curriculum or from elsewhere within the school or university.
|PADM 650||Principles of Nonprofit Management||3|
|PADM 656||Fund Development for the Nonprofit Sector||3|
|PADM 659||Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations||3|
|PADM 661||Nonprofit Law, Governance and Ethics||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Effective Managerial Communications|
|Planned Organizational Change|
|Power, Influence and Organizational Competence|
|Principles of Public Administration|
|Public Administration Theory|
|Politics and Economics|
|Comparative Public Institutions|
|Survey Research Methods|
|Government Management Models|
|Public Human Resource Management|
|Financial Management in Government|
|Organizational Behavior and Management in Government|
|Public Sector Budgeting|
|Research Methods for Government and Public Affairs|
|Quantitative Methods for Public Administration (PADM 623 is a prerequisite for PADM 624)|
|Public Policy Analysis|
|Workshop in Policy Analysis and Evaluation|
|Environmental Policy and Administration|
|Strategic Planning and Management in the Public Sector|
|Organic Human Resources Management|
|Program Design and Evaluation in the Nonprofit Sector|
|Nonprofit Advocacy and Government Relations|
|Community Power Dynamics|
|Advanced Topics in Revenue and Taxation|
|Local Government Administration|
|Comparative Public Administration|
|Executive Leadership Seminar|
|Governmental Administrative Decision-making Processes|
|Advanced Public Human Resources Management|
|Seminar in Public Administration: Integration of Theory and Practice|
|Topics in Public Administration|
One graduate three credit-hour course from elsewhere in the Wilder School or elsewhere in the university (with approval from the program chair)
Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 15
Graduate program director
Richard F. Huff, Ph.D.
Program chair, Public Administration
Phone: (804) 828-9813
Simon H. Okoth, Ph.D.
Director of graduate studies, Wilder School
Phone: (804) 827-1430
Program website: wilder.vcu.edu/academic/certificate/nonprofit.html