Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit-Sector Management

Curriculum


Course List (6 courses, 18 units)

The six courses that comprise this graduate certificate are:

  • MPA 632D: Overview of Non-Profit Organizational Management  
  • MPA 632E: Strategic Planning, Needs Assessment and Program Design  
  • MPA 632F: Issues and Problems in Human Resources, Board and Volunteer Management in Non-Profits  
  • MPA 632G: Non-Profit Finance and Financial Management  
  • MPA 632H: Funding and Resource Development for Non-Profit Organizations  
  • MPA 632I: Program Implementation and Management for Non-Profit Services

Course Descriptions

course name units description
MPA 632D

Overview of Non-Profit Organizational Management

3

The non-profit sector is growing both in size and importance throughout the United States. This course meets the needs of the professional administrator who works within the non-profit sector as well as the government employee who works collaboratively with the sector. Participants identify, prioritize and analyze the myriad impacts on social policy, governance through boards of directors, legal and fiscal responsibilities, policy formulation, operational and strategic planning, budgets, finance, fundraising and fund development, public and private ventures, and partnerships with business, government and the community.
MPA 632E

Strategic Planning, Needs Assessment and Program Design  

3

This course examines the critical interconnections among the organization's strategic goals and objectives, community needs assessments, program design to meet those needs, and meeting the organization's stated mission. Students will gain knowledge of the strategic planning process through an experiential approach that creates the mission, identifies long-range goals, and develops objectives and effective action plans. The course then gives students exposure to the full cycle of activities to examine organizational effectiveness by exploring approaches to community needs assessment and building programs and evaluation processes to meet the issues reflected in that assessment.
MPA 632F

Issues and Problems in Human Resources, Board and Volunteer Management in Non-Profits  

3

This course is an introduction to the aggregate of the human resource management process in complex organizations. The course will focus on current policy issues and problems that challenge not only human resource specialists but supervisory and managerial personnel as well. Further, beyond the internal focus, the course will also examine the external human resource issues brought to non-profit organizations by governing boards and volunteers. Students will study important HR policy issues for their political, legal, social, ethical, and organizational ramifications.
MPA 632G

Non-Profit Finance and Financial Management  

3

This course exposes the student to non-profit financial management concepts and practices, including the framework for budgeting, financial analysis, internal controls, and reporting. Students will engage in practical exercises and learn to use tools for ethical and competent financial management. The course will introduce and cement the partnership between non-profit programming and effective financial management, identifying the intersections among governance, programmatic vision, and financial practices.
MPA 632H

Funding and Resource Development for Non-Profit Organizations  

3

This course examines how fundraising functions and its critical role in non-profit management. In this course, students will learn what elements must be in place before a non-profit organization raises money; how to design and implement various approaches to raising funds, including grant writing, events and major gifts; and how to develop, manage and evaluate an annual fundraising plan.
MPA 632I

Program Implementation and Management for Non-Profit Services  

3

This course will examine the policies, strategies and the decision-making process to support successful program implementation from a manager's perspective. Non-profit policy formulation places emphasis on training managers to develop and analyze problems, both in terms of choosing goals and organizing resources to achieve them. Students will be given the opportunity to formulate strategic implementation considerations using environmental analysis, resource assessment, goal determination, program planning and evaluation, and performance overview. This course will concentrate on the process of implementing programs and the role of advocacy in achieving programmatic and overall mission attainment.