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The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising is an 18-credit online certificate that provides an overview of the core concepts in fundraising and development for those interested in a career as a professional fundraiser. The Certificate is intended to meet the needs of individuals seeking a focused experience in order to prepare for or advance their careers in fundraising and development. It is appropriate for students who seek to expand their knowledge, but who do not wish to commit to a master’s degree program.

Credit 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 consult with a faculty advisor early in their certificate program. The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising 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 3 years.


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

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

  • PAD 5146:  Nonprofit Resource Development (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6142:  Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6237:  Ethics and Governance in Philanthropy (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6235:  Fundraising as a Profession (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—6 Credit Hours

Select two courses from the following list:

Online Electives

  • PAD 5850:  Grants and Contract Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6208:  Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6335:  Strategic Planning and Management (3 credit hours)

Face-to-Face Electives

  • PAD 6236:  Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Social Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6946:  Internship (3 credit hours)

Application Requirements:

An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. Please submit all requested material by the established deadline(s). Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 2.5 or above. Applications must include official transcripts, a resume and statement of interest. Employment in the field of research administration is preferred. Admission to this certificate program is limited. Please refer to the specific MNM program website for tuition rates.

Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. More information is available here.

Contact Info:

Stephanie Krick, Ph.D.
Director, Nonprofit Programs
College of Health and Public Affairs

Nasrin Lakhani, M.N.M.
Academic Services Coordinator
College of Health and Public Affairs

Career Opportunities

  • fundraiser
  • grant writer
  • nonprofit manager

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