Certificate of Graduate Study in Nonprofit Management

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Nonprofit Management provides traditional students, working professionals, and volunteers in the nonprofit sector with the knowledge and managerial skills and techniques to respond to the challenges of this important and rapidly growing sector of society.

Students gain valuable expertise in critical areas such as managing human and financial resources, using technology to further organizational goals, and successfully mastering the system of performance contracting being introduced in Maine. Other topics examined include grant writing, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and management, board development, and interagency collaboration. The certificate courses are taught by Muskie core faculty as well as adjunct faculty from senior management and policy positions in public and nonprofit organizations.

The certificate may be taken as a 12 credit program that does not require matriculation in a degree program. Certificate programs include a choice of courses selected from curriculum of the master's degree. Upon acceptance into the MPPM degree program, certificate students may transfer a maximum of 12 credits toward the degree.


Students select four courses (12 credits) including one required course and three electives from the following list of approved courses.

Required Course

  • PPM 535 Managing in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors to Create Value (3 credits)

Choose three from the following courses:

  • PPM 553 Volunteer Engagement and Management (3 credits)
  • PPM 545 Grant Writing and Development in Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • PPM 601 Quantitative Methods for Policy, Planning, and Management (3 credits)
  • PPM 531 Measuring Performance in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
  • PPM 532 Human Resource Management in Public, Nonprofit and Health Organizations (3 credits)
  • PPM 533 Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
  • PPM 536 Management Information Systems in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
  • PPM 539 Topics in Public Policy and Management (3 credits)

Visit USM Graduate Admissions for information on the graduate certificate program application process.


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