Nonprofit Management Certificate

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.

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 CGS Difference

The certificate can be pursued as a standalone 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 BA in public service.

Program Expectations

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

Credit Requirements

  • The Nonprofit Management certificate requires 18 credits, including a three (3) credit internship.
    • The internship requires 120 hours at the internship site along with registration for the PUBSRV 1900 course. Visit our Internships page for details.
    • 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 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 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 nine (9) credits must be earned at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 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.

Flexible Format

Many CGS programs offer a blend of face-to-face and flexible online class formats, all designed to meet our students' needs and schedule constraints.

Online courses are marked with (Web) or (Hybrid). Courses offered in both face-to-face and online formats are marked with (F2F and Web) or (F2F and Hybrid). Courses with no indicator are offered face-to-face only.

Visit CGS Courses to learn more about our online formats and how to search for CGS classes in the course catalog.

Required Courses: (18 Credits)

Catalog Number Title Credits
PUBSRV 0020 Introduction to Public Service (F2F and Web) 3
PUBSRV 1200 Practices of Nonprofit Management (Hybrid, available as of Fall 2021) 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 (Hybrid) 3

* 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.


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

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