Graduate Certificate


School of Public Administration


Nonprofit professionals who are interested in developing their knowledge and skills in fundraising may choose to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising. This program provides an overview of the core concepts in fundraising and development, and is intended to meet the needs of individuals seeking a focused experience to advance their careers.

Program Highlights

  • 18 credit hours.
  • May be completed online.
  • Credits may be used toward the Master of Nonprofit Management.


Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising must complete 18 credit hours of courses, including 12 credit hours of core courses, listed below, and six credit hours of electives. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in order to be awarded the certificate. The program must be completed within seven years. For more information, please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.

This course examines the human resource development and financial resource development in nonprofit organizations including management issues.
Offered in fall and spring
Taught by Assistant Professor Suzette Myser
The synthesis of best practices and research literature in nonprofit management.
Offered in fall and spring
Taught by Associate Lecturer Stephanie Krick and Assistant Professor Hui Li
Students will learn ethical competence in public service leadership in the nonprofit sector, ethical decision making, and the creation of a culture of ethics.
Offered in fall and spring
Topics covered in this course include donor research, the psychology of giving and volunteer involvement.
Offered in spring

Admissions and Advising

Prospective students seeking enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising should submit the following for consideration:

  • An official, sealed transcript of each college or university attended, showing a GPA of 2.5 or better
  • A current resume
  • A goal statement, no longer than two pages, addressing the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing this certificate and how does it fit into your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of fundraising interest you?
    • What previous work experience do you have in the field?

For more information on admissions, please contact our graduate advisor, Nasrin Lakhani.

Application Deadlines

Fundraising Graduate Certificate



Domestic Applicants

Jul 1

Dec 1

International Applicants