Who is it for?

The 15-credit graduate certificate in nonprofit sector administration is designed for working professionals who want to advance their nonprofit career or prepare for a career in the nonprofit sector. Courses are held on weeknights with a blended online learning format.

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate:

    • A commitment to act in a manner that enhances the public good
    • The ability to apply legal and regulatory standards in a nonprofit environment
    • Competency in financial matters specific to nonprofit environments

Curriculum

    • To earn the certificate students will complete the five required courses noted below and earn 15 graduate credits. As of Fall 2013, students will complete a reflection paper during the last semester of coursework.
    • In addition to class time, students spend an average of 12 hours a week on course work outside of class for every three-credit course.
    • On average, students complete the program in one to two years. The certificate must be completed within three years.
    • After completing the graduate certificate program, you may choose to apply all 15 credits earned to Marquette's master of arts in public service or master in leadership studies degree.

Required Courses (15 credit hours)

Class No. Class Title Credit Hours
NPSE 6521 Social Entrepreneurship 3 credit hours
NPSE 6525 Financial Matters in the Nonprofit Sector 3 credit hours
NPSE 6530
Social Justice and Social Activism
3 credit hours
NPSE 6535 Legal Aspects of the Nonprofit Sector 3 credit hours
NPSE 6931

Special Topics* or an approved elective

3 credit hours
Reflection paper is due during the last semester of coursework.

*Past special topic offerings have included board governance for nonprofits, restorative justice, fundraising, and grant writing.

NPSE 6521 - Social Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Management Issues - 3 credit hours

Introduction to critical issues in nonprofit organizations and movements, including the dynamics of system changes, business practices, organizational structures and assessment and accountability.

NPSE 6525 - Financial Matters in the Nonprofit Sector -
3 credit hours

Examination of various financial issues affecting the nonprofit sector including: fundraising from donors and foundations, grant proposals, budgeting, and personnel/program costs.

NPSE 6530 - Social Justice and Social Activism -
3 credit hours

Examines the meaning and implications of social justice; considers the history of social activism from both religious and non-sectarian traditions.

NPSE 6535 - Legal Aspects of the Nonprofit Sector -
3 credit hours

Examines a range of legal issues that confront nonprofits including: articles and by-laws, fiduciary obligations, governance and boards of directors, charitable solicitations, and for-profit ventures.

NPSE 6931 - Topics in Nonprofit Sector -
3 credit hours

Examination of topics related to contemporary issues in the nonprofit sector.


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