• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

An online graduate certificate in nonprofit management from MU will help you more effectively manage your resources, analyze community needs and prioritize and deliver appropriate services within budget. Whether you are an entry-level staff member or a manager without recent formal training, this may be the certificate for you.

The nonprofit sector is showing high employment growth potential, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

The course work will help you hone your skills in:

  • HR management
  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Volunteerism
  • Nonprofit leadership 

Nine week courses

The program features nine-week courses and may be taken in any order. It is possible to complete the certificate in one year, but it is normal for the 12 hours to take 1.52 years based on your full-time employment or other demands.

You can earn this certificate as a stand-alone credential to further your career in the nonprofit sector, or you can earn the certificate concurrently with Mizzou's online master of public affairs degree.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Resumé or CV documenting your research and/or professional experience.
  6. A statement of interest (1-2 paragraphs) explaining why you wish to pursue a graduate certificate from the Truman School of Public Affairs.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

November 1
March 1
June (Summer)
May 1
July 1
September 1


  • PUB AF 8520Human Resources Management and Development in Public and Nonprofit Sector3 Credits

    Examines the political, economic, and legal context of the personnel function, as well as the technical aspects of the personnel administrator's job. Stresses the dynamics of bureaucratic organizations. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • PUB AF 8710The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector3 Credits

    Provides an overview of the history, function, size, scope, development, and management of the nonprofit sector. Historical, political, economic, and social perspectives are used to examine the meaning of voluntarism, charity, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector. Graded on A-F basis.

  • PUB AF 8720Budgeting and Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector3 Credits

    Nature and environment of public and nonprofit financial administration. Principles of accountability for management of public and nonprofit funds; management and investment of cash balances; special problems related to long- and short-term debt. Graded on A-F basis only.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $57.07
  • Total: $424.67
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $171.21
  • Total: $1274.01
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $57.07
  • Total: $424.67
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $171.21
  • Total: $1274.01
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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