Appalachian's Non-profit Administration Graduate Certificate is a 15 credit-hour non-degree program that serves non-profit professionals and current graduate students.
As a student, you will learn the unique management skills necessary to succeed in the non-profit sector. The program also offers flexibility for you to develop the knowledge necessary for your particular field of interest.
As a student, you will complete:
Three core courses:
- Grant Writing and Fundraising
- Non-profit Management
- Applied, project-based research
Two electives chosen from:
- Budgeting and Finance
- Social Work
- Others (based on your interests)
The program can be completed full time or part time. Students have the option to apply the credit hours to a graduate degree, such as the Master of Public Administration.
Required Entrance Exam: None
Supplemental Information: Transcripts of all previous college-level academic work and Resume
Deadlines for Application: Priority screening dates are listed in parentheses, if applicable. Applications that are not complete by the priority screening date risk denial of admission due to no seats being available.
For 2016, the program is open for on campus applications only.
- Spring: 11/1
- Summer Session 1: 4/1
- Summer Session 2: x
- Fall: on campus: 7/1
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.
Graduate School: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree.
Graduates are working at these and other employers:
Local, regional, national, and international non-profit organizations
- The certificate program is managed through Appalachian’s accredited MPA program, which has a strong, state-wide reputation with an active network of alumni in the non-profit sector.
- The interdisciplinary program of study allows students to take the right coursework for the career they want.
- Students build networks with other current and future non-profit leaders, as well as practicing and aspiring local government officials.
- Classes are offered in the evening during the week.
- All students will complete a faculty-guided research project that is applicable to their own career goals. In-service students have the option to complete this project by working with their current organization.
- Each faculty member brings significant prior professional experience to the classroom.
- Certificate credits can be applied to a graduate degree.
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
Method of Delivery
- Executive Director
- Development Officer
- Grants Officer
- Program Specialist
- Program or Department Director
- Public Affairs Specialist
Dr. Kathryn Webb Farley
Dr. Mark Bradbury
Master of Public Administration Program Director