The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management (GCNM) enhances your knowledge and broadens your skills, covering administration in a public sector context as well as finance, human resources and other special topics specific to nonprofits and nonprofit business environments.
Fifteen credits are required for completion of the GCNM. You can complete the program full-time in as little as 1 semester or part-time in as few as 2 semesters at our Boston campus.
4 months, full-time study
9-16 months, part-time study
Required Courses (9 credits)
P.AD-711 Foundations of Public Service and Administration
This introductory graduate-level course provides an overview of public administration and service and serves as a basis for further advanced studies in the MPA program. This course covers the structure, functions, and process of public service organizations at various levels, including governments and nonprofit organizations. Students explore historical trends, ethical considerations, and political rationale for the present operations of public service.
P.AD-713 Managing Financial Resources
This course introduces the fundamentals of budgeting, financial management, and revenue systems. Course goals include: A heightened awareness of the democratic ideals and values that must inform budgeting and financial management decisions, including a commitment to ethics, transparency and accountability; an understanding of the budget process and the distinctive features of budgetary decisions making; an understanding of the critical linkage between budgeting and financial management systems and the capacity of an organization to achieve its strategic goals; the ability to use the budget and financial reports as planning and management tools; knowledge of the basic principles of taxation as well as the structures and functions of federal, state, and local revenue systems. The course emphasizes knowledge and skills essential to the full range of public service careers.
P.AD-716 Public Service Human Resource Management
This course will explore complex issues in public and non-profit human resource management (HRM) by examining policies and practices that support and enhance the value and contribution of individuals in these organizations.
Electives (6 credits)
Select two courses from the Nonprofit Management concentration course list.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
View the Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
Graduate certificate courses, if waived, may need to be substituted with an approved elective. To substitute an approved elective for a required course, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the five years prior to matriculation ("B" or better) and provide official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable).
Candidates who apply within one year of completing their graduate certificate will have applicable courses applied to a Sawyer Business School (SBS) graduate degree program in the same discipline as the certificate as long as a grade of "B" or better was earned in that course.
Candidates who apply beyond one year of from a certificate program outside their discipline will have coursework evaluated on a case by case basis for relevancy, current degree requirements, and current Sawyer Business School waiver and transfer policies.
Transfer credits from the graduate certificate must have an earned grade of "B" or better and have been taken within five years prior to entering a SBS graduate degree program. However, at the discretion of the program director, some courses may not be transferred if the subject material has changed significantly since completion.