Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Central concepts in management for the nonprofit sector.


The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management provides an overview of central concepts in managing nonprofit organizations and is intended to meet the needs of students seeking a focused experience in order to prepare for or advance their careers in the nonprofit sector. It may be appropriate for students who seek to expand their knowledge but who do not wish to commit to a master’s degree program.

Certificate students enroll in regular courses of the Trachtenberg School and earn graduate credit. Regular graduate tuition and fees apply.

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management program is available at the George Washington University’s main campus in downtown Washington, D.C. It is not available as a distance learning program.


Courses & Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management requires that students complete twelve (12) credit hours and maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in order to be awarded the Graduate Certificate.

Required Courses

PPPA 6031 – Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations

PPPA 6032 – Managing Fund Raising and Philanthropy

Elective Courses

Any two of the following:

PPPA 6016 – Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation

PPPA 6033 – Nonprofit Enterprise

PPPA 6034 – Managing Nonprofit Boards

PPPA 6053 – Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations

PPPA 6058 – International Development NGO Management

Other Trachtenberg School nonprofit courses that may be offered from time to time. With prior approval of the field advisor, certain non-Trachtenberg School courses at GW may be counted toward the elective group.


Admission to the Program

Students applying to the Certificate Program do not need to submit a GRE score. Otherwise, applicants are required to meet the admission standards for admission to the Master's of Public Administration or Master's of Public Policy degree program.


Relation to the Master's Program

If certificate students decide to apply to the MPA or MPP degree program, they must meet the admissions requirements of the program, including GRE requirements. Up to 9 credits of their certificate coursework taken prior to admission to a degree program will be accepted in the master’s program within two years of completing the course and if a grade of B or better has been earned in the course. Certificate students who think they may wish to apply their entire certificate courses toward a degree (that is, all 12 credits) thus need to apply and gain admission to the degree program before registering for their fourth course.



For further information concerning academic requirements and content of the Graduate Certificate Program, contact Dr. Michael Worth, program director and Professor of Nonprofit Management.

For further information concerning application or registration procedures and other administration or financial matters, contact our admissions team at [email protected].