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Online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

The online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership prepares students with the foundational skills needed to advance to leadership roles at nonprofit organizations in the public and private sectors.  The 18-credit certificate is stackable and consists of three interactive, 6-credit graduate courses that offer the flexibility that working adults need to be successful.  Courses are delivered completely online and focus on philanthropy, nonprofit finance and operations and nonprofit governance and leadership. The program prepares students to advance professionally or transition to a new career in the nonprofit sector.  

What You Can Expect 

  • Gain skills and expertise that can be applied directly to your career on day one
  • The ability to finish your graduate certificate in one year on a part-time basis
  • Flexible, online courses that work around your busy schedule - and optional live online sessions with your professors
  • Lively interaction with your classmates and professors
  • No capstone or practicum requirements

Free Books:  New students who apply for the Spring 2022 semester can get free books for their first course. 

Stackable, Affordable, Flexible: The 18 graduate credits earned in the certificate fit seamlessly into the College’s MS in Organizational Leadership and Management program with a concentration in Nonprofit Leadership.


ONL 520: Development and Philanthropy
(6 credits, 15 weeks)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Nonprofit Leadership certificate program.

ONL 540: Nonprofit Finance and Operations
(6 credits, 15 weeks)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Nonprofit Leadership certificate program.

ONL 560:  Nonprofit Governance and Leadership
(6 credits, 15 weeks)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Nonprofit Leadership program certificate program. 
Recommended:  An undergraduate or graduate course in Management; completion of OLM 501


Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership will be able to apply principles of Leadership to nonprofit and public organizational settings in the areas of:

  1. Governance
  2. Finance
  3. Operations
  4. Philanthropy
  5. Labor relations

Upcoming Start Dates

Spring 2022

  • Applications due:  Dec. 15, 2021
  • Classes start:  Jan. 14, 2022

Estimated Tuition for the Certificate 

($772 per credit x 18 credits)

*excludes books

See if you qualify for a corporate tuition discount.

APPLY NOW - For more information about how to apply or admissions requirements, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or 215.670.9325.

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