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Program at a Glance

Graduate Certificate
College of Community Innovation and Education
Public Administration, Schl of
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The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management is delivered completely online and offers specialized, graduate-level knowledge in nonprofit management, resources development, strategic planning, volunteerism, and program evaluation. The certificate supports those currently working in the nonprofit sector or those looking for advancement in the nonprofit sector or in organizations that partner with the nonprofit sector.

Credits earned in the certificate program may be applied toward the Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) degree. However, admission to the MNM degree program has separate requirements from those of the certificate program and students considering continuing into the master's degree should familiarize themselves with admissions requirements, the credit transfer policy and should consult with a faculty adviser early in their certificate program. The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management requires that students complete 18 credit hours. Students must maintain at least a 3.0-grade point average in order to be awarded the Graduate Certificate. The Certificate must be completed within 7 years.

An Out-of-State Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management Cohort Track is also offered specifically for students who are not Florida residents and who reside outside of the state of Florida. The Out-of-State Cohort is also delivered completely online, and the curriculum is identical to the Florida resident program. Students in the cohort program pay less than half of the regular out-of-state tuition. Students interested in the Out-of-State cohort should refer to the Out-of-State Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management program track.

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management program is a completely online; students in this program are expected to have the ability to complete the coursework online. The program requires a minimum of 18 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree; consisting of 15 credit hours of core courses and 3 credit hours of a restricted elective.

The Certificate program incorporates service learning in some of its courses. Service learning involves students partnering with a local nonprofit organization of their choice to offer technical assistance in a specific area of operation that is covered in their coursework. Service Learning enhances the students' academic experience and presents opportunities for networking. The process is supervised by the instructor and provides benefits to both the organization and the student.

Some of the courses may also involve group work intended to develop leadership abilities while providing an opportunity for the student to show his or her ability to be a team player. Group projects promote important intellectual and social skills and help to prepare students for professional work where teamwork and collaboration are necessary.

Total Credit Hours Required: 18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Please note: Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate may be completed fully online, and newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at (407) 823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.

Application Deadlines

December 1
July 1

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