Political Science and Public Administration

Certificate in Management of Nonprofit Organizations


The Certificate Program in Management of Nonprofit Organizations is intended both for professionals already working or volunteering in the nonprofit sector, and for students without professional experience who seek to prepare themselves for nonprofit careers.

The nonprofit management certificate consists of 12 graduate credit hours of which 6 hours are from required courses:

  • PSC 5220 Advocacy Groups in American Politics (3 hours)
  • PSC 5380 Fundraising (3 hours)
  • PSC 5410 Public and Nonprofit Management (3 hours, required)
  • PSC 5430 Human Resources Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 hours)
  • PSC 5440 Budgeting and Financial Administration (3 hours)
  • PSC 5480 Introduction to Nonprofits (3 hours, required)
  • MKTG 5170 Marketing Systems for Nonprofit Organizations (3 hours)
  • THR 5250 Administration and Management of the Arts (3 hours)
  • THR 5260 Promoting the Visual and Performing Arts (3 hours)
  • Other related course approved by the MPA director

 Note: Currently enrolled MPA students may not apply their required courses (PSC 5430 and PSC 5440) toward this certificate.


The fundamental organizational and management principles provided by this program can be used by leaders in the nonprofit sector to strengthen both their systems and service delivery and to prepare students to lead and administer nonprofit organizations as paid staff, directors, board members, philanthropists or volunteers in human service, cultural, educational, religious and community organizations. In addition, students in the MPA and other graduate programs can use their elective hours to earn this certificate.


  • Course requirements in the program must be completed within a three-year period.
  • Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
  • The certification can be completed independently of a regular graduate degree program, such as the Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Masters of Public Administration (MPA), Masters of Arts (MA), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students seeking to complete the certificate within a regular graduate degree program must first meet all the standards for admission to each program and apply to each program.


Applications are available online at https://www.utoledo.edu/admission/apply/ .


  1. Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities you have attended (both graduate and undergraduate);
  2. An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 calculated on a 4.0 basis or 5 years of relevant work experience;
  3. GRE and TOEFL scores: GRE scores are not required. However, in addition to the requirements for regular admission,  all applicants from non-English speaking countries must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Admission to graduate study in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration requires a TOEFL iBT score of at least 100 or a IELTS score of at least 7.0 overall;
  4. Three letters of recommendation, which must be academically or employment related. These should be from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities and professional goals. Applicants who obtained their undergraduate degrees in the last five years must submit at least one academic letter;
  5. A thoughtfully drafted statement of purpose.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Daniel Boden, Graduate Certificate Director

Last Updated: 6/27/22