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Nonprofit Management Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
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Contact Information
Graduate Student Services, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-3800; fax: 612-626-0002).
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 13
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Nonprofit Management PBacc Cert
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The nonprofit management certificate program is designed for both current students and professionals who are employed in nonprofit organizations, especially persons who do not have a formal educational background in managing and leading a nonprofit organization. Students acquire knowledge and skills in effective leadership and management, organizational development, nonprofit governance, strategic planning, policy analysis, human resource development, finance, and fundraising. This program offers a wide array of elective courses appropriate to a broad range of nonprofit settings.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
2 or more years experience as paid or volunteer staff member with nonprofit organizations.
Special Application Requirements:
A complete application will include a University of Minnesota application, personal statement, resume or C.V., and transcripts.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
13 credits of coursework are required, including 7.5 credits of required courses. Required courses must be taken for a letter grade. In consultation with the faculty adviser, remaining elective credits are chosen to meet the student's individual goals and interests.
Required Core Courses (7.5 credits)
PA 5003 - Introduction to Financial Analysis and Management (1.5 cr)
PA 5251 - Strategic Planning and Management (3.0 cr)
PA 5101 - Management and Governance of Nonprofit Organizations (3.0 cr)
Electives
Students should take at least 5.5 credits from Electives. OTHER COURSES ALLOWED WITH ADVISOR APPROVAL.
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· PA 5102 - Organization Performance and Change (3.0 cr)
· PA 5103 - Leadership and Change in an Innovation Society (3.0 cr)
· PA 5104 - Strategic Human Resource Management (3.0 cr)
· PA 5108 - Board leadership development (1.0 cr)
· PA 5114 - Budget Analysis in Public and Nonprofit Orgs (1.5 cr)
· PA 5116 - Financing Public and Nonprofit Organizations (1.5 cr)
· PA 5123 - Philanthropy in America: History, Practice, and Trends (3.0 cr)
· PA 5135 - Managing Conflict: Negotiation (3.0 cr)
· PA 5137 - Project Management in the Public Arena (1.5 cr)
· PA 5144 - Social Entrepreneurship (3.0 cr)
· PA 5145 - Civic Participation in Public Affairs (3.0 cr)
· PA 5151 - Organizational Perspectives on Global Development & Humanitarian Assistance (3.0 cr)
· PA 5190 - Topics in Public and Nonprofit Leadership and Management (1.0-3.0 cr)
· PA 5311 - Program Evaluation (3.0 cr)
· PA 5405 - Public Policy Implementation (3.0 cr)
· PA 5920 - Skills Workshop (0.5-4.0 cr)
· PA 5927 - Effective Grantwriting for Nonprofit Organizations (1.5 cr)
· OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3.0 cr)
· OLPD 5607 - Organization Development (3.0 cr)
· OLPD 8020 - Leadership: From Theory to Reflective Practice (3.0 cr)
· OLPD 8703 - Public Policy in Higher Education (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 6557 - Health Finance I (3.0 cr)
· PUBH 6727 - Health Leadership and Effecting Change (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6751 - Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations (2.0 cr)
· SW 5562 - Global Social Work and Social Development (3.0 cr)
· SW 5904 - Facilitation & Conflict Mgmt: Humanistic Approach (2.0 cr)
· SW 8551 - Advanced Community Practice: Assessment, Organizing, and Advocacy (3.0 cr)
· SW 8552 - Advanced Community Practice: Leadership, Planning, and Program Development (3.0 cr)
· SW 8561 - Human Resources Management in Human Services Agencies (3.0 cr)
· SW 8562 - Human Services Finances (2.0 cr)
· SW 8563 - Advanced Policy Advocacy (3.0 cr)
· SW 8804 - Child Welfare Policy (3.0 cr)
· SW 8805 - Aging and Disability Policy (3.0 cr)
· SW 8806 - Health and Mental Health Policy (3.0 cr)
· SW 8807 - International and Comparative Social Welfare Policy (3.0 cr)
· SW 8902 - Social Work Supervision, Consultation, and Leadership (2.0 cr)
· PA 5105 - Integrative Leadership Seminar (3.0 cr)
or LAW 6623 - Integrative Leadership: From Theory to Practice (3.0 cr)
or MGMT 6402 - Integrative Leadership: From Theory to Practice (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 6402 - Integrative Leadership Seminar (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6702 - Integrative Leadership Seminar (3.0 cr)
 
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PA 5003 - Introduction to Financial Analysis and Management
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Finance/accounting concepts/tools in public/nonprofit organizations. Fund accounting. Balance sheet/income statement analysis. Cash flow analysis. Public/nonprofit sector budgeting processes. Lectures, discussions. Cases. prereq: Public policy major/minor or major in development practice, public affairs or liberal studies or grad nonprofit mgmt cert or instr consent
PA 5251 - Strategic Planning and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Theory and practice of strategic planning and management for public and nonprofit organizations and networks. Strategic planning process, management systems; stakeholder analyses. Tools and techniques such as purpose expansions, SWOT analyses, oval mapping, portfolio analyses, and logic models.
PA 5101 - Management and Governance of Nonprofit Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories, concepts, and real world examples of managerial challenges. Governance systems, strategic management practices, effect of funding environments, management of multiple constituencies. Types of nonprofits using economic/behavioral approaches. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5102 - Organization Performance and Change
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Measuring outcomes of mission-driven organizations. Theory/operation of organizations from structural/cultural/symbolic perspectives. Development/use of performance information. Organizational assessment, structure, change. Mission, vision, strategy, systems thinking. Evaluation of change efforts. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5103 - Leadership and Change in an Innovation Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Models of change/leadership. How leaders can promote personal, organizational, and societal change. Case studies, action research. Framework for leadership/change in an innovation society. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5104 - Strategic Human Resource Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory/practice of developing, utilizing, and aligning human resources to improve culture/outcomes of nonprofit/public organizations. HR strategy, individual diversity, leadership, selection, training, compensation, classification, performance appraisal, future HR practices. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5108 - Board leadership development
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Nonprofit board governance. Governance models, roles/responsibilities, ethics/dynamics. Current research/concepts along with students' current board experiences to illuminate challenges/explore solutions that build board leadership competencies. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5114 - Budget Analysis in Public and Nonprofit Orgs
Credits: 1.5 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02297 - PA 5003/PA 5114
Prerequisites: PA 5003
Typically offered: Every Spring
Techniques, terminology, concepts and skills for developing and analyzing operating and capital budgets in public and nonprofit organizations. Budget analysis using case studies, problem sets, and spreadsheets. Time value of money, cost-benefit analysis, break-even analysis, sensitivity analysis, and fiscal analysis. prereq: PA 5003
PA 5116 - Financing Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Prerequisites: PA 5003; credit will not be granted if credit already received for: PA 5111
Typically offered: Every Spring
Financial resource management for public and nonprofit organizations. Short-term and long-term debt management, retirement financing, and endowment investing. Conceptual frameworks and analytical techniques applied to real-world problems. Financial management in context of national and regional economies. prereq: PA 5003; credit will not be granted if credit already received for: PA 5111
PA 5123 - Philanthropy in America: History, Practice, and Trends
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theory/practice of philanthropy. Foundation/corporate/ individual giving. History/economic structure/dynamics. Models of philanthropy, components of grant making/seeking. Current debates, career options. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5135 - Managing Conflict: Negotiation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories and frameworks used in negotiations. Navigating diverse audiences and an increasingly complex world. Negotiation in various arenas. Opportunities to practice skills and learn from experts. Structured exercises on issues such as compensation, union conflicts and international development. Culture, emotions, gender and ethics in negotiation.
PA 5137 - Project Management in the Public Arena
Credits: 1.5 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Project management and leadership strategies for implementing public policy, including new or revised government programs, public works, and regulations. Use of project management concepts, principles, and tools, including project definition, scoping, planning, scheduling (using the critical path method), budgeting, monitoring, staffing, and managing project teams. Application of "agile" and "extreme" project management in situations of complexity and uncertainty, including those due to the scrutiny and expectations of elected officials, the media, citizens, and other stakeholders.
PA 5144 - Social Entrepreneurship
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to field of social entrepreneurship. Prepares current/future managers/leaders to create, develop, lead socially entrepreneurial organizations/initiatives. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5145 - Civic Participation in Public Affairs
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Critique/learn various approaches to civic participation in defining/addressing public issues. Readings, cases, classroom discussion, facilitating/experiencing engagement techniques. Examine work of practitioner, design engagement process. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5151 - Organizational Perspectives on Global Development & Humanitarian Assistance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Organizational analysis of international development and humanitarian assistance, including perspectives from sociology, political science, psychology, public administration, and management. Examines efforts of multiple organizational players, including NGOs, governments, bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations, corporations, foundations, and international organizations. Critical analysis of aid organizations, especially regarding ways in which they reflect and create power and privilege, the manner in which individuals’ needs and desires interact with, support, or challenge the needs of the organization, and how all of this is influenced by forces outside the boundary of the organization. Students practice developing actionable recommendations to improve the effectiveness of international aid organizations in the context of multiple (and often contested) understandings of global development needs and conflicting stakeholder demands. Readings, class discussions, mini-lectures, simulations, case analyses, group projects, oral presentations, memo writing, opinion writing.
PA 5190 - Topics in Public and Nonprofit Leadership and Management
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Selected topics.
PA 5311 - Program Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Principal methods, primary applications of evaluation research as applied to policies/programs in health/human services, education, or the environment. Conducting evaluations. Becoming a critical consumer of studies. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5405 - Public Policy Implementation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory, tools, and practice of the implementation of public policy, particularly in areas involving public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Analytical approach focuses on multiple levels in policy fields to pinpoint and assess implementation challenges and levers for improvement.
PA 5920 - Skills Workshop
Credits: 0.5 -4.0 [max 48.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics on public policy or planning skills. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
PA 5927 - Effective Grantwriting for Nonprofit Organizations
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Grantwriting skills, processes, problem,s and resources for nonprofit organizations. Researching and seeking grants. Communication with potential funders and generating financial support. Collaborating effectively with the organization and clients to create substantive, fundable proposals.
OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EdPA 5501/EPsy 5243
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to program evaluation. Planning an evaluation study, collecting and analyzing information, reporting results; evaluation strategies; overview of the field of program evaluation.
OLPD 5607 - Organization Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to major concepts, skills, and techniques for organization development/change. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 8020 - Leadership: From Theory to Reflective Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Leadership theory. Emphasizes seminal scholars' work from related social science disciplines. Implications of theory for practice of leadership. Knowledge, behaviors, values, and skills needed in educational and other public settings.
OLPD 8703 - Public Policy in Higher Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories, analytic methods, and critical issues in postsecondary education policy at national/state levels. Equality of educational opportunity, affirmative action, system governance/coordination, research funding, student financial aid, public accountability. prereq: [5001 or EDPA 5001], [5701 or EDPA 5701]
PUBH 6557 - Health Finance I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of corporate/not-for-profit finance. Net present value, financial analysis, capital budgeting, financing options/decisions, capital structure, capital asset pricing model, financial planning, working capital management. prereq: [[Health care admin or public health admin/policy major], familiarity with computerized spreadsheets] or instr consent
PUBH 6727 - Health Leadership and Effecting Change
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Analysis of leadership models and competencies, particularly as applied to organizational change. Applications to individual self-development and to health care organizations. prereq: Public hlth MPH or MHA or certificate student or [health services research, policy/admin] MS student or instr consent
PUBH 6751 - Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Understanding of and improvement in the competencies of managers in organizations, particularly as applied to health services and public health organizations. prereq: [Public hlth MPH or MHA or certificate] student or [environmental health MS or PhD] student or dentistry MS student or instr consent
SW 5562 - Global Social Work and Social Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories/strategies of social work and social development in industrial/developing countries. Applying international perspective and comparative framework to analyze basic human needs, social problems, and social work and social development strategies in different countries.
SW 5904 - Facilitation & Conflict Mgmt: Humanistic Approach
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Humanistic approach to facilitating meetings in small human service organizations and units within large bureaucratic structures. Managing conflict among individuals, groups, and communities in multiple settings.
SW 8551 - Advanced Community Practice: Assessment, Organizing, and Advocacy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Community practice, including community organizing, policy advocacy, social service/change leadership. prereq: [5051, 5101, 8151, 8152, 8153, 8154] or MSW Adv Standing or instr consent
SW 8552 - Advanced Community Practice: Leadership, Planning, and Program Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced community practice knowledge/skills. Strategic planning, program design, organizational leadership/management, work groups. prereq: [5051, 5101, 8151, 8152, 8153, 8841] or MSW Adv Standing or instr consent
SW 8561 - Human Resources Management in Human Services Agencies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Processes/components of strategic human resources management in social services. Environmental scanning, job analysis, recruitment/selection, training/development, motivation, performance evaluation, compensation/benefits, termination. Human resources law. Promotion of inclusive workplace. prereq: [5051, 5101, 8151, 8152, 8153, 8841] or MSW Adv Standing or instr consent
SW 8562 - Human Services Finances
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Contexts, purposes, principles, strategies associated with human services financing. Acquiring, allocating, managing, reporting public/private funding. Financial policy, mission. Short/long term agency sustainability. prereq: [5051, 5801, 8151, 8152, 8153, 8841] or MSW Adv Standing or instr consent
SW 8563 - Advanced Policy Advocacy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students paired with social service, social policy, social justice agencies, coalitions. Agenda setting, legislative research, legislative advocacy in relation to specific legislation proposed in Minnesota state legislature. Tie policy theory to real-world practice. prereq: [5051, 5101, 8151, 8152, 8153, 8841] or MSW Adv Standing or instr consent
SW 8804 - Child Welfare Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Develops advanced policy knowledge/skills for social workers practicing in or collaborating with public or private child welfare services. prereq: [5051, 5101, 8151, 8152, 8153, 8841] or MSW Adv Standing or instr consent
SW 8805 - Aging and Disability Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Social policy related to disability/aging. Major policy areas of income support, health, education, caregiving, employment, housing, retirement. prereq: [5051, 5101, 8151, 8152, 8153, 8841] or MSW Adv Standing or instr consent
SW 8806 - Health and Mental Health Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Critically engage in health/mental health policy debate, analysis, development, implementation. prereq: [5051, 5101, 8151, 8152, 8153, 8841] or MSW Adv Standing or instr consent
SW 8807 - International and Comparative Social Welfare Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Cross-national comparisons of social welfare policies, major international conventions, treaties. Social welfare, social development theories/policies. In-depth analyses of selected countries' policies, international agreements, social development strategies. prereq: [5051, 5101, 8151, 8152, 8153, 8841] or MSW Adv Standing or instr consent
SW 8902 - Social Work Supervision, Consultation, and Leadership
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Sociopolitical context of trauma/its impact on diverse populations of individuals, families, communities. Evidence-based approaches for addressing trauma on multiple system levels through applications to case conceptualization/treatment planning. prereq: Advanced Standing or students who have completed the entire foundation curriculum including SW 8010 or instr consent
PA 5105 - Integrative Leadership Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01753 - Mgmt 6402/PA 5105/OLPD 6402
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basic concepts, practices, people, and organizations associated with integrative leadership. Case materials, related readings, presentations, and interactive discussion. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
LAW 6623 - Integrative Leadership: From Theory to Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02105
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Leaders with different skills and from different sectors need to be able to collaborate in new ways to meet challenges ranging from improving public education, to writing smarter and more consistent regulations for healthcare delivery, to humane and effective approaches to current migrant. Integrative leadership is shared leadership of public, private and nonprofit actors or approaches to address complex and significant issues that cannot be effectively addressed by a single entity or technique. This course focuses on key integrative leadership questions and the diverse theories, disciplines, experiences and techniques that can help us answer them. Learning occurs through reading foundational materials, personal leadership coaching, engaging with examples from guest speakers and case materials, and developing a final group project. You will learn to recognize and address integrative leadership challenges and opportunities, and build your own capacity to contribute to integrative leadership through group work and through being exposed to a range of boundary work practices.
MGMT 6402 - Integrative Leadership: From Theory to Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01753 - Mgmt 6402/PA 5105/OLPD 6402
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Seminar. Strategic challenges linking business, government, and society locally/globally. Co-led by faculty from Carlson and Humphrey Schools. International network of leaders/organizations participate. Case studies as part of capstone projects. prereq: MBA student
OLPD 6402 - Integrative Leadership Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01753
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic concepts, practices, people, and organizations associated with integrative leadership. Case materials, related readings, presentations, interactive discussion.
PUBH 6702 - Integrative Leadership Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore, investigate, discuss, develop basic concepts/practices for people/organizations associated with "integrative leadership". prereq: University of Minnesota doctoral student or master's student, Integrative Leadership minor