College of General Studies

Nonprofit Management

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The nonprofit field is growing, and so are the demands for the services nonprofits provide. In the last 10 years, 500 new organizations have been established in the Pittsburgh area alone. The growth of nonprofits means that various positions within these organizations will need to be filled by qualified individuals.

The right education is critical to demonstrating your qualifications to prospective employers. A Certificate in Nonprofit Management, alone or coupled with an appropriate bachelor’s or advanced degree, will aid in your quest for employment by or promotion within a nonprofit organization.

Students who successfully complete this certificate may apply the credits to an undergraduate degree in public service at the University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies.

Who should enroll:

  • Professionals with public relations experience
  • Professionals with an interest in fundraising
  • Professionals with a background in program development
  • Professionals with knowledge of marketing and advertising
  • Recent graduates or current students who wish to pursue a careerin the nonprofit field
  • Undergraduate degree-seeking students who wish to have an intermediate credential
  • Technology workers
  • Public service majors
  • Entrepreneurs who wish to start a nonprofit

Upon completion of this certificate, participants will be able to:

  • organize, manage, or supervise a nonprofit organization;
  • hire and train an efficient staff;
  • understand the structural and financial issues unique to nonprofits;
  • effectively raise revenue through fundraising; and
  • write grant proposals.

This certificate is applicable to positions such as grant writers, fundraisers, development officers, accountants, information technology workers, and office managers. 

Admission requirements

Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. A certificate application must be completed. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for courses.

Curriculum: 18 credits

For the course schedule and descriptions of most undergraduate classes offered by the College of General Studies, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and College of Business Administration, visit www.courses.as.pitt.edu

Required courses.

All courses are three credits.

PUBSRV 0020 Introduction to Public Service

PUBSRV 1200 Practices of Nonprofit Management

PUBSRV 1210 Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations

PUBSRV 1220 Human Resource Management for Nonprofit Organizations

PUBSRV 1230  Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

CGS 1900--7715   Choosing Your Path: Internship (effective AY 17)

PUBSRV 1900 Internship Seminar (effective as of Fall 2017)

Credits earned at other accredited educational institutions may be eligible for transfer. However, a minimum of nine credits must be earned at the University of Pittsburgh. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in all University certificate courses.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Is there an order in which the student must take the required courses for this certificate?  The courses can be taken in any order.  Normally the internship would be completed last.
  2. How many working hours is required for the internship seminar?  120 hours along with registration for the CGS 1900-7715 course. Visit cgs.pitt.edu/academics/internship for details. 
  3. Can the internship course be divided (i.e., 1 cr in Fall and 2 cr in Spring)?  No, this is a 3-credit course; however, the student could work with Brianna McMeekin to see if the 120 hours could be divided over two terms. Brianna McMeekin can be reached at bmm96@pitt.edu.
  4. If the student works at the University, does the student need to complete internship hours outside of Pitt or could it be in a different department on campus?  The student can talk to Brianna about this.  

Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.

Gainful Employment Information

According to Urban Institute, the number of nonprofits between 2001 and 2011 has increased by 25 percent. Jobs for social and community service managers are expected to grow by 27 percent by 2020. Social and community service managers had a median salary of $57,950 in 2010.   

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics