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Graduate Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

What is the Graduate Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership?

The need for skilled nonprofit professionals has never been greater both here in the Mid-South and across the country. The Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is designed to provide the advanced skills and cutting edge knowledge necessary for today’s nonprofit professional.

Ideal for nonprofit professionals, community volunteer leaders and philanthropists alike, the certificate is offered by the Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration. The certificate requires 15 hours of graduate coursework, all available in both on-campus and online formats. 

The certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership offers nonprofit professionals, community volunteer leaders and other interested individuals an opportunity to increase their knowledge of nonprofit leadership and philanthropy theory and practice.

What classes are included in the curriculum for the certificate?

The certificate requires 15 hours of graduate coursework for completion, four core courses and one elective.  The core courses are:

  • PADM 7605         Human Resources Administration
  • PADM 7641         Theory and Practice of Nonprofits     
  • PADM 7642         Resource Development for Nonprofits
  • PADM 7643         Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy

The elective course will be selected with the student and their advisor.

All core courses may be taken either on campus or online.  Some elective courses may not be available online.

How long does it take to complete the certificate?

Coursework for the certificate can usually be completed in a 12-18 month time frame. Students must take two courses (6 hours) in both the fall and spring semesters and one additional course (3 hours) in the summer, spring or fall.

Can I do the certificate and still work full time?

Scheduling for the Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is designed for the working professional.  Classes are offered either on campus one night a week or online format.

How much does the certificate cost?

Tuition and fees for the certificate are the same as regular graduate tuition for the University of Memphis.  There is no additional fee for enrolling in the program.  The fee schedule is available on the UM web site. 

Can I earn the certificate while I am enrolled in another degree program at University of Memphis? 

Yes. The certificate may complement a course of graduate study in a different field. As such, applicants may be enrolled in another graduate degree program. Please contact the Certificate Advisor (below) for more information.

How do I apply for admission to the certificate program?

Applicants seeking the certificate must first be admitted to the University of Memphis Graduate School through the regular application process. For most students seeking the graduate certificate only, admission will be as a graduate, non-degree seeking student.

Applicants will also need to send some materials directly to the Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration.

Please click here to download our APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Who should I contact for more information about the Graduate Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership?

Leigh Hersey, PhD
University of Memphis
130 McCord Hall
Memphis, TN 38152
(901) 678-1754
lnhersey@memphis.edu

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