Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Due to the unique management, funding, and finance issues faced by nonprofit organizations, this certificate offers you special training to provide you with the skills necessary to build a successful nonprofit organization.
This track, also a certificate which will appear on your official UI transcripts after completion, is designed to help staff members, board members, and volunteers develop the business and leadership skills necessary for building a successful nonprofit organization.
The program provides a balance of academic principles and real-world experience as well as a fundamental understanding of how nonprofit organizations participate in building communities.
You will also:
- Enhance your leadership tools
- Explore strategies for building and sustaining partnerships
- Learn how to lead and manage change
- Enhance your abilities to direct in a diverse environment
- Analyze contemporary trends, organizational challenges, and promising practices in nonprofit management
- Become part of a local and national network of nonprofit leaders
Nonprofit organizations play vital roles in our communities and contribute to our quality of life. Over 20% of the economic activity in the United States is the result of nonprofit organizations (including non-business functions such as governments). Employment in nonprofit areas extends from service areas to social causes as well as jobs in the arts, government, religious organizations, public health and museums.
Job possibilities include:
- Executive Director
- Director of Development
- Event Coordinator
- Financial Officer
- Fund Raiser
- Grants Manager
- Marketing Director
- Publication Specialist
- Volunteer Coordinator
Certificate courses cover a wide range of topics and issues, such as community and government partnerships, organizational leadership, planning, human resources, financial accountability, grant writing, and web site creation and maintenance.
The program is presented by the Division of Continuing Education and the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, in collaboration with University College.
Certificate in Nonprofit Management Admission Requirements
The certificate is available to undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Iowa and to individuals who have previously completed a bachelor's degree. Students currently in the Bachelor of Applied Studies and Bachelor of Liberal Studies programs may incorporate certificate courses into their degree programs.
Individuals who are not enrolled in a degree program at Iowa, currently hold a bachelor’s degree, and are interested in earning the distance Certificate in Nonprofit Management are required to apply to the University.
STUDENTS ADMITTED PRIOR TO FALL 2012 MAY COMPLETE THE CERTIFICATE UNDER EITHER THE NEW OR THE OLD PLAN OF STUDY.
STUDENTS ADMITTED IN FALL 2012 OR AFTER SHOULD COMPLETE THE NEW PLAN OF STUDY.
Plans of Study
New Plan of Study
The Certificate in Nonprofit Management requires 18 semester hours. It is recommended that students first complete 06J:147 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I, 06J:148 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II before enrolling in the remaining courses.
- 06J:147 (MGMT: 3500) Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I
- 06J:148 (MGMT: 3600) Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II
Select one of the following:
- 06J:125 (MGMT: 3100) Entrepreneurial Strategy (Offered only on-campus)
- 06T:120* (ENTR: 2000) Entrepreneurship & Innovation
- 06T:125* (ENTR: 3520) New Ventures in the Arts (Offered only on-campus)
*06T:050 (ENTR: 1000) Foundations in Entrepreneurship (2 hours) is a co-requisite or prerequisite. See course descriptions for other equivalents.
Electives—Minimum 9 semester hours
- 030:110 (POLI: 3123) State Politics in Iowa
- 030:111 (POLI: 3110) Local Politics
- 034:123 (SOC: 4225) Social Psychology of Leadership
- 036:019 (COMM: 1019) Organizational Leadership
- 042:204 (SSW: 3904) Human Services Administration (2 s.h.)
- 187:180 (IS: 3910) Human Rights Advocacy
- 188:109 (DPA: 3510) Introduction to Arts Management (Offered only on-campus)
- 01P:185 (ARTS: 3400) Grant Writing in the Arts (Offered only on-campus)
- 06T:147 (ENTR: 3500) Social Entrepreneurship
- 07E:181 (EDTL: 4081) ePortfolio Production (1 s.h.)
- 07U:136 (EDTL: 4936) Home/Community/School Partnerships
Old Plan of Study
The Certificate in Nonprofit Management requires 18 semester hours.
It is recommended that students complete 06J:147 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I, 06J:148 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II, and 06T:120 Entrepreneurship and Innovation before enrolling in the remaining four courses.
- 06J:147 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I, 3 s.h.
- 06J:148 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II, 3 s.h.
- 06T:120 Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 3 s.h.
- 01P:185 Grant Writing in the Arts, 3 s.h.
- 07E:181 ePortfolio Production, 1-2 s.h.
- 042:204 Human Services Administration, 2 s.h.
- 036:019 Organizational Leadership, 3 s.h. or
- 188:109 Introduction to Arts Management, 3 s.h.
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