Nonprofit Management

  • Certificate
Location: Boston
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Why Nonprofit Management?

This graduate certificate provides a comprehensive overview of nonprofit management through an in-depth study of both theory and practice, preparing students to excel in the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofits today simply require a higher level of management expertise, and nonprofit managers are required to manage people and programs more efficiently and effectively. The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management focuses on developing a range of skills in organizational management, financial management, fundraising, grant and report writing, human resources management, and governance.

The program integrates theoretical approaches with practical application, preparing students for positions in either small or large nonprofit organizations. The program targets individuals who work in the nonprofit sector as executive directors, managers, program staff, board members, and volunteers. Students participate in case studies, individual and group projects, and class discussions.

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Unique Features

  • Boston location on flagship campus, a city known as a center of innovative nonprofit leaders
  • Courses from this certificate can be applied to Northeastern's MS in Leadership and MS in Nonprofit Management
  • Designed to help students develop and enhance practical and relevant management skills such as grant and report writing
  • Program designed for an interactive student experience through group projects and discussion

Career Outlook

Hiring in nonprofit organizations is on the upswing. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nonprofit sector ranks third in the U.S. in overall employment, with more than 12.3m employees.

The fastest-growing jobs are in:

  • Direct services
  • Fundraising
  • Program management
  • Program support

A sample of where our recent graduates are working:

  • YMCA
  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Horizons for Homeless Children
  • Oxfam America
  • Marymount Manhattan College Prison Program

What you'll study

General Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management Required Courses

NPM 6110 - Legal and Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6120 - Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6125 - Promoting Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6130 - Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6140 - Grant and Report Writing
NPM 6150 - Human Resources Management in Nonprofit Organizations

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 18 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

Thinking about earning your graduate degree?

Join the Virtual Graduate Open House on Oct. 17.

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Did You Know?

Nonprofits account for 12.3 million jobs and 10.2% of private sector employment. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Average Time to Completion

6-12 months



Entry Terms


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