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Application and Admission

Students interested in the nonprofit certificate should submit a graduate application to Graduate Admission and Degree Services. During the application process for the online Graduate College system, applicants will be prompted to:

  1. Submit official transcripts from all previous academic institutions.
  2. Submit names and contact information for three references.
    (References will be asked to upload reference letters evaluating the applicant’s academic potential)

    Students who are applying to the MPA or PhD programs in Public Policy and Administration may request that the letters used for those application portfolios also be used to meet the reference requirements for the graduate certificate in nonprofit administration. Students currently enrolled may request to use reference letters from their application files, as long as letters are within three years.

  3. Upload a formal statement of at least 300 words explaining the applicant’s educational and career objectives.
  4. Upload a recent resume.

Applicants, by February 1 for Summer/Fall admission or October 1 for Spring admission, will be considered for admission to the Nonprofit Administration Certificate.  Admitted students with substantive management experience in the nonprofit sector may petition to have the internship/service learning 3-credit requirement waived.  Students may also apply up to six credits of previously completed graduate coursework toward their degree requirement with the approval of the Director of the Certificate.

Not all certificate programs are eligible for financial aid!
The Graduate Nonprofit Administration Certificate does not qualify for financial aid when pursued as a stand-alone certificate program. This would only qualify when pursued in conjunction with an alternate qualified graduate degree (i.e.; Masters, Ph.D., etc.).