Graduate Certificate


Public Administration


Students interested in supplementing their education and experience may choose to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. This program can be completed entirely online and provides specialized knowledge of resource development, strategic planning, program evaluation and volunteerism. The certificate supports those who currently work in, or are looking for advancement in, the nonprofit sector or in organizations that partner with the nonprofit sector.

Program Highlights

  • 18 credit hours.
  • Can be completed online.


The graduate certificate in nonprofit management curriculum consists of 18 credit hours, including 15 credit hours of core courses and three credit hours of electives. The core courses are listed below.

For more information, please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.

This course covers volunteer development in nonprofit organizations, including board selection, development and leadership, volunteer recruitment, training, retention and theories of motivation, leadership and ethical issues.
Offered in fall and spring
This course examines the human resource development and financial resource development in nonprofit organizations including management issues.
Offered in fall and spring
The synthesis of best practices and research literature in nonprofit management.
Offered in fall and spring
This courses covers the techniques and skills utilized in the evaluation of public programs.
Offered in fall and spring
An examination and analysis of planning, goal setting and strategic management in public sector organizations.
Offered in fall and spring

Student Resources

New Student Handbook

Admissions and Advising

Prospective students seeking enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management 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 nonprofit management 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



Domestic Applicants

Jul 1

Dec 1

International Applicants