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Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

UNF’s Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management is offered through the university’s Master of Public Administration program. As indicated on the UNF-MPA website, the program “is northeast Florida's only NASPAA accredited degree program in public policy, public administration, and related fields.” The MPA includes the option of a Nonprofit Management concentration, and the Graduate Certificate is just that concentration offered as a stand-alone program.


To paraphrase the MPA program website, the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management prepares students for successful careers as managers in the nonprofit sector. The curriculum enables the student to understand the scope and activity of nonprofit organizations in governance in modern society, and to administer nonprofit programs effectively. For the student who already has significant work experience, the program provides opportunities to gain new skills and obtain a broader perspective on the responsibilities and obligations of nonprofit sector management. While public and nonprofit management are generally associated with a political science or business background, students from any discipline who are interested in nonprofit careers, or who are currently employed in the nonprofit sector, are encouraged to apply.

The program caters to beginning and mid-career professionals, offering almost all courses in the evening, generally from 6:00-8:45 pm. In order to provide flexibility with full career schedules, we offer some hybrid and full distance learning courses as well, though the prospective student should expect to take the majority of courses on campus in the evening. We have made a commitment to work with serving active duty Jacksonville Navy personnel to craft a program that works around deployment obligations.

The formal catalog description of the Graduate Certificate can be found here. The current rotation of nonprofit courses is as follows:

Fall -- PAD 6142 Nonprofit Management.

Spring -- PAD 6208 Nonprofit Financial Management -- offered in hybrid format. 

Summer -- PAD 6164 Nonprofit Stakeholder Relations -- offered in an intensive, 6 week hybrid format.

The fourth, elective class can be taken from a range of options. Consult the MPA Director for further information.