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Online Nonprofit Management Certificate

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Program Benefits

  • Apply Credits to Select Graduate Programs
  • Undergrad Coursework in Nonprofit Management Not Required
  • Courses Cover Project Planning, Quality Control, Risk Management and More
  • No Letters of Recommendation Required

Meet Your Goals with a Career that Helps Others

Make a positive impact with the 100% online Nonprofit Management graduate certificate from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. This program delivers focused training in the knowledge and skills nonprofit employers are looking for. This certificate is a part of Saint Mary’s Accelerators carefully crafted series of master's-level graduate certificates. Designed to advance your career to help you meet personal and professional goals, this program can be taken alone or you can apply your credits as a pathway toward a master's degree.

Enhance Your Skills in One Year

The online graduate certificate in nonprofit management is designed for students with an unrelated bachelor’s degree or professionals already in the field who are ready to enhance their skills. It is delivered in a flexible format, allowing you to maintain current work commitments while earning a valuable credential in just two semesters.

You can also apply your credits toward one of our master's programs:

By completing coursework grounded in fundraising, finance, strategy, and collaboration, you will learn to work effectively with stakeholders, volunteers, and community members to achieve your organization's mission. Prepare for success with our graduate certificate in nonprofit management.

Saint Mary's Accelerators

Saint Mary's offers a selection of graduate certificate programs designed to accelerate your degree and help you achieve your goals faster. Each of Saint Mary's Accelerators requires the completion of 12–15 credits and adds only six additional credits to your degree program, allowing you to complete an extra credential while saving time and money.

With Saint Mary's Accelerators, you'll get a glimpse at graduate coursework and the opportunity to customize your learning experience. Additionally, several certificate programs also offer Credly badging for each course.

These badges serve as a graphic representation of the skills you gained by completing a specific course or graduate certificate program. They can be displayed on social media platforms like LinkedIn and your CV and resume to visually showcase your specific leadership knowledge and skills to current and potential employers, credentialing programs, and admissions offices.

One of the hallmarks of our “accelerators” is that they are stackable into or onto full degree programs. Students can pursue a graduate certificate and then decide to continue into a full degree program in the same or a different discipline.

-Michelle Wieser, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business and Technology

To learn more about Saint Mary's graduate certificates check out this interview with Michelle Wieser.


The online Nonprofit Management graduate certificate from Saint Mary's provides a well-rounded introduction to the nonprofit sector including management theory and practice, community engagement and collaboration, grant writing, financial management, and human resource management. You will learn from expert faculty and gain the specific skill sets you need to begin your career in a rewarding field.

This program includes 12 credit hours of foundational coursework, preparing you to apply strategic management principles and improve organizational outcomes in nonprofit settings.

Certificate Courses

Current Certificate Requirements

For current certificate requirements, visit the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota course catalog.

Program Outcomes

When you complete this program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze strategic management principles used in the nonprofit sector.
  • Evaluate and apply community collaboration and conflict management strategies.
  • Create fund development and financial plans that inform decision making.
  • Analyze approaches to working with and manage stakeholders unique to the nonprofit sector, including volunteers, staff, and boards of directors.

Career Outlook

With the online Nonprofit Management graduate certificate, you can prepare for a variety of careers in the nonprofit sector, including those in community outreach and social services. When you complete the program, you will have the specialized knowledge you need to meet your professional goals.

Social and community services managers earn a median annual salary of $67,1501 and fundraising managers earn an average of $116,180 per year.2 Job outlook for both of these roles is expected to grow faster than the national average through 2028: 13% and 8% respectively.

A graduate certificate in nonprofit management can help you accelerate your career while making difference in your community and beyond.

Certificate Completion

The online Nonprofit Management graduate certificate is designed to be completed in one year and is financial aid eligible. No prerequisite coursework is required, and you don't need GRE/GMAT scores to apply.

For admission to the program, you'll need:

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
  • A written statement: Your personal background and future goals all impact your success with Saint Mary's and inform your education. As you prepare your written statement, think about including previous experiences, education, and your personal strengths and interests. Share your motivations for entering the online Nonprofit Management Certificate program and how it will contribute to your career.
  • The names of two people (including title, organization, email, phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you in a professional capacity, such as current or former supervisors.
  • An updated resume: Include both your educational and professional experience.

If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive conditional status in the program at the discretion of the program director.

For more information about the online Nonprofit Management graduate certificate, contact us or call 877-308-9954 to speak to an enrollment counselor.


1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers. Retrieved from

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Public Relations and Fundraising Managers. Retrieved from