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Certificate Programs
Nonprofit Management

The Certificate in Nonprofit Management is a 15 credit-hour program of study. The certificate is designed to serve the needs of individuals who would like exposure to nonprofit sector and nonprofit management issues but who do not wish or need to pursue a degree in nonprofit management. The certificate complements other courses of study or career experience in such areas as social work, library science, and parks and recreation. Students pursuing a nonprofit management certificate gain and understanding of how to work in and with nonprofit organizations.

Eligibility and Application Procedure
  1. Any holder of a baccalaureate of higher degree from an accredited college or university is eligible for admission
  2. An online application and information may be obtained from https://oneill.iupui.edu/. Application deadlines for the certificate programs are before May 15 for the fall semester, before September 15 for the spring semester, and before March 15 for summer sessions. Students must pay a nonrefundable application fee.
Program Restrictions
  1. Students admitted to an O'Neill graduate degree program are not eligible for admission nor awarding of a certificate in the same concentration of their graduate degree.
  2. Transfer credit, course substitutions, or course waivers are not accepted for fulfilling the certificate requirements.
  3. Students enrolled in a certificate program can only confer the certificate with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) in all required coursework. 
  4. A student may be dismissed if, after 9 credit hours of coursework, the GPA is below a 3.0.
  5. Admission to or successful completion of a certificate program does not guarantee subsequent admission to an O'Neill graduate degree program.
  6. Students enrolled in a certificate program who apply to an O'Neill graduate degree programs must meet all existing admission requirements, or may request a waiver if they complete at least three classes towards the certificate with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
Certificate Requirements (15 credit hours)
Required Courses (12 credit hours)

FOUR of the following courses:

  • SPEA-V 521 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 522 Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 526 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 558 Fund Development for Nonprofits (3 cr.)
Electives (3 credit hours)

ONE additional O'Neill graduate public affairs course from the following options: SPEA-V 510, SPEA-V 544, SPEA-V 557 or SPEA-V 559.