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. Earning a certificate in nonprofit management can complement a degree program or provide you an additional professional credential to help you advance your career. 

The eighteen-credit nonprofit management certificate offered by the College of General Studies 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 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.

CGS Difference

CGS offers a small college atmosphere and flexible scheduling with all the benefits of a large research institution. 

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 eighteen credits, including a three-credit internship. Students must achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for all courses required for the program.

Required Courses: (18 Credits)

Catalog Number Title 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


  • 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. 
  • 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.

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