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Nonprofit Management - IU Bloomington

Graduate Certificate

There are more than 1.6 million nonprofit organizations in the United States alone, and these organizations need well-prepared leaders and staff to continue making an impact on millions of lives across the globe. This graduate certificate prepares you for program management, across a broad range of fields including religion, education, social services, health, arts and culture, animals, the environment, developing countries, and many other worthwhile causes.

The IU Bloomington Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management explores the nonprofit sector and nonprofit management issues. The curriculum is designed to strengthen your performance in the areas of fundraising and development, managing nonprofit social services, and parks and recreation.

As a student in the program, you take courses in human resource management in nonprofit organizations, management in the nonprofit sector, and financial management for nonprofit organizations.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management prepares you for such careers as:

  • Development director 
  • Annual giving director 
  • Program coordinator 
  • Fundraising consultant 
  • Alumni relations specialist 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, you must complete 15 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Nonprofit management core courses (9 credit hours) 
  • O'Neill elective courses (6 credit hours) 

NOTE: If you choose to pursue the IU Online Master of Public Affairs, these certificate courses may apply to your degree requirements. Completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.


SPCN-F 526Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations3 Credits
SPCN-N 522Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations3 Credits
SPCN-N 525Management in the Nonprofit Sector3 Credits

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