University Catalog 2023-2024

Nonprofit Management (Certificate)

A Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management is available to students, including NC State degree students, who have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. The Certificate requires 15 credit hours of course work and substantive nonprofit experience. The courses are designed to provide the basic management knowledge and skills needed in nonprofit organizations.

Plan Requirements 

Required Courses12
Human Resource Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Management of Nonprofit Organizations
Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management
Fund Development
Select up to two of the following:6
Management Systems
Effective Communications for Public Administrators
Organizational Development and Change Management
Contract Negotiation and Mediation in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Grant Writing for Public Administrators
Seminar in Program Evaluation
Nonprofit Marketing and Public Relations
Total Hours18

Substantive Experience Requirement

The Substantive Experience Requirement can be met by:
  • Prior (or continuing) Experience:
    • Full-time employment with a nonprofit (at least one year by completion of certificate program)
    • Serving on a nonprofit board or chairing a nonprofit's standing committee (at least one year by completion of certificate program)
  • In-program Work:
    • Internship or independent study with a nonprofit (at least 1 credit hour)
    • Completing a course with a field component (e.g., PA 546 or PA 525)


Full Professors

  • Thomas A. Birkland
  • Richard M. Clerkin
  • Jerrell D. Coggburn
  • Dennis M. Daley
  • George D. Garson
  • Jennifer Kuzma
  • Branda L. Nowell

Associate Professors

  • James R. Brunet
  • Iseul Choi
  • Jason Alix Coupet
  • Jeffrey Childress Diebold
  • Christopher Galik
  • Bruce D. McDonald III
  • Seoyoung Serena Kim
  • Amanda Janis Stewart

Emeritus Faculty

  • Michael L. Vasu