Nonprofit agencies of all kinds are being established to fulfill needs in our communities, while existing community benefit organizations are expanding to meet increasing demand for services. This growth means new opportunities in the rewarding nonprofit sector. Earning a certificate in nonprofit management can complement a degree program or provide you an additional professional credential to help you advance your career.
Growth in the Field
According to Urban Institute, the number of nonprofits between 2001 and 2011 has increased by 25%. Jobs for social and community service managers are expected to grow by 27% 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
The 18 credit Nonprofit Management certificate is offered by the College of General Studies in partnership with Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. The program provides a solid foundation for those looking to enter the field of public service, to enhance their current roles, or to assume leadership positions. Coursework covers topics including management, fundraising, human resources, and more.
The certificate can be pursued as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with another degree at the University of Pittsburgh. The credits you earn while completing this certificate may also be transferred to a bachelor’s degree program at CGS, such as our bachelor of arts in public service.
Graduates of this program 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
- Lead effective fundraising efforts
- Write grant proposals
- The Nonprofit Management certificate requires 18 credits, including a three (3) credit internship.
- Students must achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for all courses required for the program.
- Credits earned at other accredited educational institutions may be eligible for transfer. However, a minimum of nince (9) credits must be earned at the University of Pittsburgh.
Required Courses: (18 Credits)
|PUBSRV 0020||Introduction to Public Service||3|
|PUBSRV 1200||Practices of Nonprofit Management||3|
|PUBSRV 1210||Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations||3|
|PUBSRV 1220||Human Resource Management for Nonprofit Organizations||3|
|PUBSRV 1230||Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations||3|
|PUBSRV 1900||Internship Seminar||3|
- Although courses for the certificate can be taken in any order, we strongly recommend that students consider completing PUBSRV 0020 Introduction to Public Service first in order to gain exposure to main theories and practices in the field. Normally the internship would be completed last; however, students should start planning their internship early and review their options with a CGS advisor.
- The internship requires 120 hours at the internship site along with registration for the PUBSRV 1900 course. Visit our Internships page for details.
- PUBSRV 1900 is a 3-credit course and may not be divided over two semesters. However, the student could work with their internship instructor to see if the 120 hours could be divided over two terms.
- Students who work at the University should consult with the PUBSRV internship instructor as to whether they need to complete internship hours outside of Pitt or in a different department on campus.
- PUBSRV 1910 Institute of Politics Internship/Seminar (4 cr.) may be used in place of PUBSRV 1900 Internship Seminar. Check with your CGS advisor prior to registering.
Tip: Download our handy planning checklist to track your progress towards your CGS program requirements.
Important: As you plan your certificate coursework, please make sure to review the CGS Course Overlap policy for information on how many courses can be double-counted if a student elects to pursue a CGS certificate in combination with other CGS and non-CGS majors, minors, and certificates. If you have questions, please contact your CGS advisor or CGS Advising at CGSAdv@pitt.edu.
Please Note: Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.