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In today’s nonprofit sector, fundraising and development have seen continual growth and increased career opportunities. The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Development prepares students for roles or advancement in these increasingly strategic areas and provides students with the expert-level skills, techniques, and practicalities of raising funds.
In the program, students will produce professional-level work to add to their personal portfolio, utilize current industry tools and have the opportunity to participate in experiential projects. Skills graduates learn in donor research management, grant writing, building effective partnerships and measuring social impact are increasingly valuable to nonprofit organizations as they are depending on fundraising and grant management to achieve their mission.
Additionally, the certificate may be applied toward the Master of Nonprofit Management degree.
- Online program design allows for flexibility and balance for working professionals
- Opportunity to engage in an experiential project with an organization of their choice or another institution suggested by the faculty/XN team
- Skills-focused curriculum taught by industry experts
- Earn your certificate quickly – the program is 6, 6-week long classes
- Credits earned completing this certificate can be applied to Northeastern's Master of Science in Nonprofit Management
- Unique specialization in fundraising and development
- Solid foundation in data analysis and performance management in the nonprofit sector
Graduates from the Certificate in Fundraising and Development will be prepared to enter into or advance within the following types of professional roles:
- Development Coordinator
- Public Relations and Fundraising Manager
- Senior Gifts Officer
- Grant/Proposal Writer
- Manager/Director, Donor Impact
- Manager/Director, Fund Development
- Manager/Director, Growth and Strategic Partnerships
- Major Gifts Associate
- Manager/Director, Development and Annual Giving
- Development Officer
- Institutional Giving Manager
Experiential / Co-op opportunities
Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.
This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.
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You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
- Professional resumé
- Official undergraduate transcripts
- Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL Score of 79, including a 20 or more on the Writing section)
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or above
Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.
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Cost and Tuition
Estimated Total Tuition
This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2020-2021 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time. For more detailed information, please visit Student Financial Services.
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.
|November 2, 2020||International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)|
|December 7, 2020||International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)|
|January 1, 2021||Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)|
|February 12, 2021||Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)|
|February 8, 2021||International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)|
|March 8, 2021||International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)|
|April 2, 2021||Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)|
|May 14, 2021||Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)|
|May 10, 2021||International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)|
|June 7, 2021||International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)|
|July 2, 2021||Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)|
|July 19, 2021||International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)|
|August 23, 2021||International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)|
|September 7, 2021||Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)|
|October 18, 2021||Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)|
Student Body Profile
Below is a look at where our Management alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- State Street
- Fidelity Investments
- Dell EMC
- Liberty Mutual Insurance
What They Do
- Business Development
What They're Skilled At
- Customer Service
- Microsoft Office
- Project Management
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.
Career Opportunities and Services
Credits earned completing this certificate can be applied toward the MS in Nonprofit Management.
Did You Know?
Nonprofits account for 12.3 million jobs and 10.2% of private sector employment. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)