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The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Public Management


1.  Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Public Management consists of 21 credit hours of graduate coursework in Public Administration with an emphasis in either Public or Nonprofit Management. The Certificate is intended to provide existing and aspiring middle managers in nonprofit and public organizations with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in carrying out their administrative responsibilities. The certificate program has been deliberately created to meet the very high rate of retirements that is occurring at the middle and upper ranks of many nonprofit and public organizations.

2. Objectives of the Program

The objective of this program is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and efficacy of those who have responsibility for managing nonprofit and public organizations, by providing them with the following knowledge and skills to achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Understand the distinctive role responsibilities as middle managers in the nonprofit and public sector.
  • Develop or enhance knowledge and skills to manage organizational systems, such as budgeting, personnel, 
management information.
  • Develop or enhance knowledge and skills to manage organizational design, change and evaluation.
  • Develop or enhance knowledge and skills to manage inter-organizational and inter-jurisdictional relationships.
  • Develop or enhance knowledge and skills to manage conflict.
  • Develop or enhance knowledge and skills to manage cultural and organizational diversity.

This program extends the mission of the University and the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government to those who currently have responsibility for managing nonprofit and public organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest. This certificate enables the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government to carry out this mission more effectively and to work in partnership with nonprofit and public agencies to improve the quality of public service.

3. Course of Study

Students must take the following two current courses:

  • PA 511- Public Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PA 540 - Administrative Theory and Behavior (3 credit hours)

Students must take any five of the following current courses, and are encouraged to meet with an advisor to plan a suitable complement of courses to meet their individual interests and professional development needs.  Substitutions may be made with permission of the academic advisor. As indicated below, courses my be drawn from any of six content/skill areas. All courses listed are 3 graduate credit hours. Through these courses students will achieve outcomes that correspond to the specific objectives listed above.

General Management

  • PA 513 - Administrative Ethics and Values
  • PA 520 - Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations
  • PA 522 - Governance of Nonprofit Organizations
  • PA 536 - Strategic Planning 

Finance & Budgeting

  • PA 524 - Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations
  • PA 525 - Grantwriting for Nonprofit Organizations
  • PA 526 - Fundamentals of Fundraising in Nonprofit Organizations
  • PA 582 - Public Budgeting 
  • PA 583 - Advanced Budgeting Concepts and Techniques
  • PA 585 - Financial Management in the Public Sector

Leadership & Human Resource Management

  • PA 570 - Environmental and Natural Resource Leadership
  • PA 517 - Leadership Development for Public Organizations 
  • PA 528 - Organizational Leadership and Decision-Making in Nonprofit Organizations
  • PA 590 - Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
  • PA 592 - Volunteerism and Volunteer Management
  • PA 594 - Affirmative Action Planning
  • PA 598 - Values Based Management

Community Building & Communication

  • PA 541 - Social Entrepreneurship
  • PA 527 - New/Emerging Nonprofits: Development and Management
  • PA 543 - Creating Collaborative Communities
  • PA 545 - Organizational Development
  • PA 549 - Crosscultural Communication in the Public Sector

Public & Nonprofit Sector

  • PA 521 - History and Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
  • PA 533 - Public Policy: Origins and Processes 
  • PA 534 - Administrative Law and Policy Implementation 

Specific Management Skills

  • PA 538 - Advocacy and Political Participation by Nonprofit Organizations
  • PA 550 - Managing Information Resources
  • PA 555 - Program Evaluation and Management
  • PA 558 - Public Productivity Analysis

4.   Admission Requirements

This program is targeted to existing supervisors or managers in nonprofit and public agencies, most of whom are not currently enrolled in the MPA program. Students who complete courses in the Graduate Certificate may subsequently apply to the MPA program and transfer those courses. Students must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and at least 6 years of fulltime work experience or two years of supervisory responsibility. For Graduate Certificate admission deadlines, see our Application Guidelines page.

See application packet for more details.