Course Delivery

100% online

Total Credits

12

Approximate Cost per Credit

$676 in state
$686 out of state

Time to Completion:

Graduate in as few as 12 months

Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program Overview

The online Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Kent State combines the quality and flexibility of our MPA degree with the agility of a short-term, targeted professional skills-development program. In as few as 12 months, you can gain enhanced knowledge of fundraising, development, advocacy and board relations.

  • Complete the Postbaccalaureate Certificate in as little as a year
  • 12 credits
  • Three start dates: January, May, August
  • No GRE requirement

Completing your coursework for the certificate program could be just the beginning of your public administration education. Credits from the Postbaccalaureate Certificate can be transferred to the Master of Public Administration degree.

Please note that in order to enroll in the certificate courses below, you must possess a bachelor's degree.

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Certificate Program Outcomes

This certificate program is designed to increase your professional knowledge while helping you enter the field quickly. In as little as one year, you can stand out to hiring managers as a trusted authority in nonprofit leadership.

In the Nonprofit Management certificate program, you’ll choose your courses from among diverse options. The program can build crucial knowledge and skill in:

  • Public personnel systems and their underlying public service values
  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Theory and techniques used to evaluate government programs
  • Strategic planning as it relates to program design and implementation
  • The U.S. public policymaking process as it applies to nonprofit organizations
  • Theory, practice and skills for leading nonprofit and public organizations
  • Legal issues for nonprofit organizations in the United States
  • Key aspects of effective nonprofit governance
  • Successful strategies for fundraising and resource development for nonprofit organizations

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Career Outcomes with a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

The Nonprofit Management certificate program equips graduates with a specialized, advanced credential to help them move into nonprofit leadership positions.

Our graduates thrive in leadership positions in:

  • Government (all levels)
  • Nonprofit sector
  • Private sector
  • Military

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Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, students must have completed a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with a GPA of 2.7 or higher will be considered for conditional admission. Contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about this process. The bachelor's degree may be in any area of study.

Further admissions requirements include:

  • Completed online application
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers
  • Application fee: $45
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing sample
  • Resume/CV
  • No GRE required for admission

The application process is simple and we’re here to guide you through it.

Our Admissions Advisors are available to answer your questions regarding admissions requirements for the program. If you have questions, please email us at onlinedegrees@kent.edu or call us toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.

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Important Dates

Jul
05
Priority Application Deadline
Fall 2021 Semester
Aug
16
Application Deadline
Fall 2021 Semester
Aug
26
First Day of Class
Fall 2021 Semester

Application Resources

Online graduate programs in public administration application checklist

Our step-by-step application checklist will help ensure the success of your application submission.

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Application FAQs

Each applicant is required to create an account in the online application system, which allows people to save their applications and track the progress of materials submitted via the application system.

I am a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required application materials should be sent to the Division of Graduate Studies at
gradapps@kent.edu or by mail to:

Graduate Admissions
Kent State University
650 Hilltop Drive
Kent, OH 44242

Please be sure to include your full name and Kent State ID (9-digit number starting with 8) on all submitted documents. For questions, contact Graduate Admissions at +1 330-672-2661 or gradapps@kent.edu.

I am not a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required documents should be submitted to the Office of Global Education at intladm@kent.edu or by mail to:

Office of Global Education
Kent State University
106 Van Campen Hall
625 Loop Rd.
Kent, OH 44242
USA

For questions, contact International Admissions at +1 330-672-7970 or intladm@kent.edu

Courses

Choose one core management course (3 credits) from the following:

PADM 60375 Public Personnel Administration

This course provides a foundation for leading and managing people in public organizations. This includes an examination of public personnel systems, and the public service values that underlie these systems. The emphasis is on skill development and techniques for public personnel managers, which include recruitment and selection, motivation, performance appraisal, diversity management, and cultural competence.

PADM 60377 Public Budgeting and Financial Management

This course focuses on two aspects of public finance: budgeting and financial management. Relative to budgeting, students are taught about budgets as mechanisms for resource control and allocations, as legal documents, different formats and cross-walking of formats, budget preparation, legislative review, budget implementation, and auditing. Relative to financial management, students are taught budget analysis, debt management, fund accounting, and forecasting.

PADM 60379 Program Evaluation I

Introduction to evaluation of government programs. Emphasis on familiarizing students with the theory and, specifically, the techniques utilized under different evaluation formats.

PADM 60574 Strategic Planning

This course is designed to introduce students to the practice of strategic planning as it relates to program design and implementation by public and nonprofit organizations. Consideration is given to concepts, frameworks, and methods of program/policy analysis; as well as understanding the institutional context, agency-environment linkages, and internal dynamics of organizations.

Electives (9 Credits)

Choose three electives (3 credits each) from the following:

PADM 60200 Nonprofit Advocacy

This course explores the U.S. public policymaking process as it applies to nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits influence policymaking or "advocacy" through a variety of methods, such as lobbying, campaigning, protesting and policy monitoring. The course explores how nonprofit organizations both shape and are shaped by public policy.

PADM 60310 Leadership in the Nonprofit and Public Sector

This course teaches students theory, practice, and skills for leading nonprofit and public organizations. Topics include organizational theory and behavior, organizational culture, integrity and ethics, group dynamics, conflict management, and creating an environment that promotes diversity and inclusion

PADM 60471 Nonprofit Law

Introduction to legal issues for nonprofit organizations in the United States, including types of IRS tax-exempt status; basic requirements for establishing/operating nonprofit organizations specifically in Ohio.

PADM 60472 Nonprofit Board Executive Relationships

Key aspects of effective nonprofit governance, major roles of nonprofit board members and their responsibilities, and governance structures.

PADM 60477 Nonprofit Financial Resource Development

Successful strategies for fundraising and resource development for nonprofit organizations. Students will be exposed to fundraising in practice and will write a resource development plan.

Technology

Courses are delivered through Canvas, our course management system. Course content consists of text, narrated PowerPoint presentations, video and audio, live chats, discussion groups, and other learning enhancements. To participate in this online program, you will need a computer and broadband internet connection. Your program may have further requirements that include the ability to record video and audio. If you have questions regarding technology requirements for the program, please contact your Admissions Advisor at onlinedegrees@kent.edu or toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The online Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management consists of 12 credits.

Ohio ResidentsOut of State
Per Credit HourProgram CostPer Credit HourProgram Cost
$676Approximate Cost: $8,112
$686Approximate Cost: $8,232

An additional distance learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change. For comprehensive tuition information, please refer to the tuition rates posted on the Bursar’s website.

We recognize that pursuing a graduate degree is a significant investment. Your Admissions Advisor can answer your questions on program costs, discuss how a Kent State degree compares to others and connect you with financial aid representatives when you are ready to discuss your financial options.

Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information on tuition and fees either by email at onlinedegrees@kent.edu or toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.

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Immersive Online Curriculum

Designed for busy working professionals and students seeking to expand their career options.

Practitioner Faculty

Study with specialists, published authors and leaders in public administration and policy.

Public Administration Career Potential

Gain expertise in fundraising, development, advocacy and board relations.

Admissions and Application Deadlines

Jul
05
Priority Application Deadline
Fall 2021 Semester
Aug
16
Application Deadline
Fall 2021 Semester
Aug
26
First Day of Class
Fall 2021 Semester