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Nonprofit Management Certificate

The three-course (nine-credit) graduate Nonprofit Management Certificate program offered by the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark provides pre-career and in-career students with graduate studies in the area of nonprofit management and leadership. This concentrated area of study prepares students who are interested or working in the nonprofit sector to develop competencies in important elements of nonprofit organization management and performance.

Students seeking the Nonprofit Management Certificate complete three (3) courses for a total of nine (9) credits from the following SPAA graduate courses

  • Collaborative Governance (3)
  • Grant Writing and Grants Management (3)
  • Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management (3)*
  • Principles of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (3)*
  • Program Evaluation (3)
  • Resource Development for Nonprofit Organizations (3)
  • Special Topics in Nonprofit Leadership (3)

For SPAA course descriptions see Courses.
For course schedules, see Rutgers University Schedule of Classes.

*For students in the MPA program pursuing the Nonprofit Management track, Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management and Principles of Nonprofit Leadership and Management cannot be used toward the certificate.

After receiving the certificate, non-degree students can count certificate courses toward the completion of the MPA program. 

To Apply

For current Rutgers graduate students:
Contact Aaron Gibbs, associate dean for student and academic services (, for instructions, registration guidance, and questions on alternative applied courses.

For non-degree seeking students students:
For application information and requirements see Apply Now.

Program Costs

The cost to complete the certificate is based on the cost per credit found on the latest tuition and fee schedule. For information on rates and program fees see Tuition & Fees.

For More Information

To learn more, Request Information or Join a SPAA Info Session. If you have questions about a certificate program or the application process, as a current student or as a non-degree seeking student, contact Aaron Gibbs, associate dean of student and academic services, at