Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Interested in expanding or developing your career in the field of nonprofit management? Wayne State's new graduate certificate in nonprofit management is designed to support a variety of nonprofit management and policy careers, including organizational and program managers, nonprofit CEOs and board chairs, professionals in the resource development field, and those working or aspiring to build a career in philanthropic organizations.

The graduate certificate in nonprofit management is a 12-credit program designed to combine academic rigor with practical relevance. Certificate instructors are the core faculty of the nationally accredited top-quality master of public administration (M.P.A.) program, as well as part-time faculty with expertise in nonprofit management.

Through our course offerings, students develop critical nonprofit management competencies and obtain essential skills that are in high demand by the nonprofit sector organizations in metro Detroit, the wider southeast Michigan region and beyond. Some of the competencies include nonprofit financial management, marketing and grant writing, ability to identify funding sources, leadership skills, data analysis and presentation skills.

Certificate courses are taught mostly online. The regular and flexible program offerings enable the completion of the program in as little as one academic year, allowing immediate transfer of the knowledge into the field.

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For more information regarding this program please email the certificate coordinator Dr. Alisa Moldavanova at

Who can apply?

We are now accepting applications for winter 2021.

The graduate certificate in nonprofit management welcomes applications from people holding at least a bachelor's from an accredited institution of higher education who have experience of working in the nonprofit sector, resource development field, and philanthropic organizations, or seeking any of such careers.

Admission also is open to applicants pursuing graduate degrees at WSU or other institutions. The certificate program presents a great opportunity for those professionals who are seeking to develop an alternative career or tailor their existing qualifications to the needs of the nonprofit sector.

In Fall 2020, we have welcomed the inaugural cohort of 17 graduate certificate students from diverse educational and social background and all walks of life (including those with many years of experience in the field, and those who already completed graduate degrees in other fields).

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Examples of prospective applicants who can benefit from obtaining the certificate

  • Current employees of nonprofit organizations holding at least a bachelor's degree who have not had formal nonprofit training and are looking for professional development and career advancement
  • Applicants who already have (or are currently pursuing) master's and doctoral degrees in the liberal arts and humanities, and who would like to develop marketable competencies for careers in art museums, historical societies, theaters, and other arts and humanities organizations in Detroit, southeast Michigan, and beyond
  • Social work, public health, urban development and other college majors interested in working in community development, environmental, human service, and health nonprofits, or interested in starting their own nonprofit in those areas
  • Current university/college employees working in foundation relations, alumni relations, and development departments
  • Current M.P.A. students or alumni looking to expand their career choices and tailor their competencies to the nonprofit field
  • Prospective M.P.A. applicants who are seeking to start their graduate work from the nonprofit certificate, and later transfer their credits towards their M.P.A. degree